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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About the Author:

I’ve spent almost 20 years helping thousands of successful artists of all disciplines and working to make the arts more accessible. (One friend likes to call me “the arts enabler.”) 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, an art museum, and a raptor rehabilitation center. In May of 2012 I left MacDowell to pursue writing, speaking, curating, and creative projects full-time. In 2015 I was named a “Top 100 Artist, Innovator, Creative” by Origin magazine. I've appeared as an arts and culture commentator on New Hampshire Public Radio, and in 2017 I was the recipient of the Wampler Art Professorship at James Madison University. I am the founder of the Gwarlingo Salon series, which connects artists like DJ Spooky with rural audiences in the Monadnock region. In 2017 my collaborator Corwin Levi and I will publish our first book, Mirror Mirrored, which combines Grimms’ fairy tales with vintage illustration remixes and the work of contemporary artists like Kiki Smith, Carrie Mae Weems, and Amy Cutler. I grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, but have called New Hampshire home since 1999. My studio is located in the historic, mill village of Harrisville. I miss fried okra, the early southern spring, and restaurants that stay open past 9:00 p.m., but rural life agrees with me. In New Hampshire I can see the stars, go kayaking or snowshoeing, watch bald eagles fish in the lake, and focus on my creative work in silence. I no longer have to worry about traffic jams; deer, wild turkeys, and frost heaves are the primary road hazards here. Although I live in the country, I’m fortunate enough to be part of a vibrant arts community that extends beyond this small New England village. The quiet days are punctuated by regular travel and frequent visits to museums, theaters, readings, arts events, lectures, and open studios around the country. (You can read my full CV here.) Thanks for visiting Gwarlingo. I hope you'll be in touch.