Soaring High: The Art of Auto-Giros, Rocket Planes, Airships, & Strange Aircraft



It’s Friday and another week has almost come and gone without a mid-week post on Gwarlingo. Apologies to Gwarlingo readers for neglecting everyone but the poets the past 14 days. I’ve been traveling on business and working on an exciting (arts-related) project down in Philadelphia. While Gwarlingo is my priority, other projects and deadlines sometimes intervene. I’ll be catching up on new stories, reviews, email, and members profiles in the coming days.

I have an in-depth story about film, Yo La Tengo, and Buckminster Fuller to share with you next week. But while I put the finishing touches on my interview with filmmaker Sam Green, here’s something fun to kick-off your Friday and the coming weekend.

Perusing the shelves of used bookstores is one of my favorites ways to spend an afternoon. Recently, a friend and I were rifling through boxes and teetering stacks of used books in an overstuffed shop when I found this little gem, Soaring High.



The book is a mystery. There is no publication date or publisher name. It only says Printed in Japan. I could find nothing like it online.

I love the colorful illustrations and the glimpse of air travel almost a century ago. (When is the last time you heard the word auto-giro used?) The page showing Strange Aircraft and a Rocket Plane is downright comical.

One of the things I miss most about working in a library is browsing books by the dozen, most especially children’s books.

There is so much history in these wrinkled, torn pages.

Enjoy your Friday and have a fabulous weekend!


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I'm a writer, photographer, and the creator of Gwarlingo, a crowd-funded arts & culture journal that covers contemporary art, music, books, film, and the creative process. I’ve spent nearly 20 years as an arts enabler, helping thousands of successful artists of all disciplines and working to make the arts more accessible. From 1999-2012 I worked at The MacDowell Colony, the nation’s oldest artist colony, but I’ve also done time at an arts magazine, a library, and an art museum in Atlanta. For two years I cared for injured eagles, hawks, and owls at a raptor rehabilitation center in Vermont. In May of 2012 I left MacDowell to pursue writing, speaking, consulting, and creative projects full-time. (You can check out my recent projects here.) I’ve appeared as an arts and culture commentator on New Hampshire Public Radio, served as the judge for A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Orlando Literary Prize, and received fellowships from the Hambidge Center and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts. My writing and photography have appeared in RISD XYZ magazine, 2Paragraphs, Psychology Today, Born Journal, and other publications. I offer one-on-one coaching sessions, group workshops, and speak to businesses, arts groups, and students about overcoming the psychological and practical barriers to producing your best work. (Read more here .) If you'd like to work with me one-on-one or hire me to speak at your school, business, or organization, please contact me at michelle (at) gwarlingo (dot) com. -