http://www.metafilter.com/mefi/34698 http://artificeeternity.com/bookofsand/ Jorge Luis Borges
A graphical interpretation of J.L. Borges "Book of Imaginary Beings"
This is a truly imaginative subject. I love the fact that the illustrations are unfinished sketches. It allows you to fill in some of the gaps with your own imagination. Far better than hyper-detailed renderings off all the creatures.
There are on earth, and always were, thirty-six righteous men whose mission is to justify the world before God. They are the Lamed Wufniks. They do not know each other and are very poor. If a man comes to the knowledge that he is a Lamed Wufnik, he immediately dies and somebody else, perhaps in another part of the world, takes his place. Lamed Wufniks are, without knowing it, the secret pillars of the universe. Were it not for them, God would annihilate the whole of mankind. Unawares, they are our saviors.