Birds and Fish

I think I’m addicted to note cards. I buy them the way some people buy shoes. Well, actually, I buy shoes too, so perhaps that’s not the greatest analogy. But seriously, note cards are pretty high on my list of frivolous purchases that I can’t seem to live without. I recently acquired fabulous bird cards by Jeffrey Fisher. How could you possibly resist this woodpecker? (You’ll be happy to know that I don’t just hoard note cards; I’m also addicted to sending them.)

He also has wrens, owls, cuckoos and rooks in his collection of cards. Various websites call Jeffrey Fisher’s books and paintings “imminently giftable.” Now there’s a nice new word to add to my vocabulary!

Yesterday, just as I had promised myself that I wouldn’t indulge in any more note card sprees until December (one can never have enough note cards during Christmas/Hannukah/New Year’s marathon card writing season), I came upon this pack of irresistible FISH cards at one of my favorite bookstores. I love the bookstore for the books on its remainder shelves/tables. I love that I walk in not really wanting anything in particular, and usually walk out with “exactly what I was looking for” and the day turns into the happiest day of my week, and I ride the subway home utterly content. Yesterday, it turned out I was looking for Nabokov’s Pnin and James Prosek’s FISH cards! I was sold on the cards when I read the back of the box and learned that Prosek is known as the “Audubon of the Fishing World.” How could I possibly resist now?

Here it is in all it’s glory: the Brook Trout. In spite of Prosek’s stellar illustrations, I don’t see myself becoming a fisher-woman any time soon. But the cards really did make my day. As far as I’m concerned, there’s no greater joy than sending (or receiving!) a card. I love the format and the flexibility of the note card — you can make the card be long enough to express something of substance (should that be your goal) by filling the entire card, or, should you only have a couple quick things to say, you can simply write on one half of the card and leave the other blank. Either way, the recipient of your card is pretty much guaranteed to be touched. A small miracle of an invention, the note card.

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