Today I began a painting with a book, the “Manual of Psychology” as one of the subjects. By an author who’s last name is so similar to mine that I was thinking I could be very sly and sneak mine in instead, we’re just one letter off. But I won’t because I claim no authority on the subject of psychology.

I’m fortunate to have an antique shop a block from my house. However, I’m a little worried about how long it’ll continue business, as the fellow who runs the place looks like he’s been at it for about, oh, 150 years. When you enter the shop you have to courteously announce your presence because I’m not so sure he can actually turn to see if someone has entered. If I were a portrait painter I’d try with all my might to capture this fellow. I recently read The Lathe of Heaven in which a tortoise-like alien owns and operates an antique shop… well, lets just say that entering the shop near my house leaves you wondering if you’re trapped in a science fiction novel and your dreams are coming true.

I picked up the book “It’s Story Time” at the aforementioned shop. I think its title and subject contrasts perfectly with the thick, heavy subject and title of the “Manual of Psychology”. I’ll put that down in the notebook with ideas for future paintings.




  1. the editor., says:

    Good morning! Christopher Stott,
    (I was going to refer to you as, but I thought
    no way!…Once again my silly sense of humour emerges,) but believe me there is nothing humourous
    about your artwork!….
    I really like your paintings…especially,your books, coffee cups, typewriters, chairs, ( my favorite) your’s boots and satchel(s)… another favorite, your bubblegum machines and most definitely your series of pears…)…to be honest with you,I really like all of your artwork!…Btw, what a very interesting story about the man who own the antique book shoppe.
    (I know this blog is about you, and not about me, but I’am just “discovering” Sci-fi noir.)
    For sharing!
    Deedee ;-D

  2. Chris says:

    Hey Deedee, thanks for your comments! I really appreciate them.

    About the Lathe of Heaven… I think the last time I read science fiction was when I was in high school. I stumbled upon the Lathe of Heaven recently and found it interesting, it being a some-what apocalyptic vision written over 30 years ago about the very time we live in now.

    The author uses dreams as the device to run through a series of scenarios of what the world would look like if we tried to make it better. It seems like whenever someone fixes one of our many global problems, someone else finds a way to ruin something else.

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