Your eyes are the exact shade of the heart of flint―mine
shine gold in the sun.
(Eileen Chong, ‘Flame’)
The terms in blue are some of the most important concepts in category theory.
(John Baez, ‘Lecture 15—Chapter 1: Preserving Joins and Meets’, Applied Category Theory Course, Azimuth Forum)
In 2017, the series takes its most recent step forward. Jim Stoddart has given his own 2007 design a new livery: the back covers, spines, Penguin roundel and cover text have all turned a pale blue-green, a shade known as ‘eau-de-nil’, ‘water of the Nile’. This colour is a reference to the series’ original palette and its brief blue-green incarnation as Twentieth-Century Classics.
The colour ‘eau-de-nil’ emerged in the late 19th century, associated with fashionable décor, clothing and ladies’ toilettes. Over the last hundred years it has become more peppermint, and is widely used by ‘classic’ brands including Fortnum and Mason, Laura Ashley and Hunter wellingtons. It resembles ‘Cambridge blue’.
(Henry Eliot, ‘Designing Penguin Modern Classics (Part 3)’)
We walk to the end of a row, where under a window at about eye level sits a yellow tin shelf. Empty. It once held most of the 105 specimens gathered at such terrible human cost in the early days of the penal colony, then burned somewhere in Brisbane about this time last year.
(Nick O’Malley, ‘’Would you burn the Mona Lisa if it was sent?’: Our horror bureaucratic bungle’, Sydney Morning Herald, 23 Feb. 2018)
Catherine carefully opens the note, then she opens her pencil case, takes out a pen with a pink feather on the end of it, and slowly writes something on the back of the note. Marlo has a face on her. Catherine gives the note to Marlo, whose face goes redder.
(Honni van Rijswijk, ‘The pointy finger of God’, Southerly 77.1)
After the electronic and keyboard buildup, at 7:38, an immense bass pattern surged across the playa, apprehended visually as the heat rippling through the white desert.
(Geoff Dyer, ‘My Obsession With the Necks, the Greatest Trio on Earth’, The New York Times, 4 Oct. 2017)