August 5th. Employed at the Wedgwood pottery company from 1909 to 1931, Daisy Makeig-Jones (1881–1945) melded her vivid imagination and technical ingenuity to develop decorative china called Fairyland Lusterware. Influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and Art Nouveau style, Makeig-Jones’s ornamental wares stood apart from more streamlined works produced by Wedgwood and other firms during the same period.
August 5th. Dirda has been eloquently guiding Washington Post readers to great books since 1978. A Fulbright fellow and Pulitzer Prize-winning critic, Dirda has written a memoir and the full-length study On Conan Doyle, and has published several collections of his essays, including Classics for Pleasure and Bound to Please. In this gathering of work from The New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement, and other journals, Dirda presents fifty reflections on the arts of reading, writing, and living with books.
August 6th. Loudon Wainwright III has had a long and illustrious career highlighted by more than two dozen album releases, a 2010 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album for High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project, and two previous Grammy nominations for I’m Alright (1985) and More Love Songs (1986).
August 7th. From the Brooklyn area, Howard is a band that explores song-crafting through airy vocals, ethereal space, and hypnotic rhythm. Citing Other lives, Philip Glass, Aphex Twin, and Fleet Foxes as influences, this band creates intricate and textured folk songs with a mood that provokes introspection.