History Today: Mysticism and Machines.
“In everything from the Biblical teraphim (mummified oracular heads) and Haephestos’s handmaidens, endowed with speech and sentience, to the Chinese practitioners of khwai shuh, who sought to bring images and statues to life to serve as slaves, Cohen’s focus is on the mystical origins behind the search for perfect human imitation.” Sounds like fun.
Literary Hub: The Joy of Throwing Away An Entire Novel.
“Was I sure there was nothing salvageable there? Was I giving up?” Every writer or blogger will know this feeling. I myself often fantasize about chucking this whole thing, wondering what phoenix would rise. Would I be happier? Freer? I chafe against the restrictions of the blog, locked in the same form-factor for a decade. Our blogs are becoming prisons, the dimensions dictated by the walled gardens elsewhere. Cam gave me hope with his new blog, and how it bodily and boldly breaks barriers. These functions should have been baked into blog software, years ago.
Giandiablasco: Outdoor wigwam.
Neat, but the real impact is when you see more than one in a grouping.
Open Culture: Zen Guru Alan Watts Helps Us Overcome the Fear of Dying.
Luminous Landscape: Rediscovering Craft.
“As for 35mm, as far as I’m concerned 135 film is simply not competitive at all against any digital camera. If you like it, fine, but history has moved on.” That triggered a memory - a time when we obsessed over whether 6MP [the latest digitals at the time] was equivalent to the best 35MM films, and whether it was time to switch. Just at the beginning of the ‘00’s. How time flies.
HarperCollins: At long last, Audrey at Home ...
Audrey Hepburn’s son publishes a memoir of his mother, via their family kitchen. Sounds delightful.
Hyperallergic: The Demolished Buddhas of Bamiyan Are Reborn as 3D Projections.
Much as I appreciate the effort, 3D projection will not stand the test of time, I’m afraid.
The Bookseller: Amazon to pay KDP authors ‘per page’.
WaPo: Haunting chalkboard drawings, frozen in time for 100 years, discovered in Oklahoma school.
I’ve been hitting some new works at the Library, recently. And I think I’m finding a downside to authors who write on a computer. I’m seeing a ... well, there’s no nice way to say it. Cut-and-paste repetition. Someone says something, then a few paragraphs later, says exactly the same thing slightly paraphrased. I’ve found it in two recent books now. One does it continually in every chapter of the tome. Normally I’d blame bad editing ... and it *is* poor editing. But with the lowered margins in publishing these days, authors are having to wear many hats. Get someone else to read your stuff before it goes to press. Preferably a friend who isn’t a ‘yes person.’
Perhaps a renaissance of typewriters should be seriously considered; and as more than just a hipster ‘thing.’
ArtDaily: Napoleon’s last gift to his son - A superb pair of child-size pistols.
Nicer than a child-sized Glock, certainly.
Medium: The 2016 U.S. Presidential Candidates’ Logos, Ranked.
Cursing doesn’t add to the hilarity. It’s enough to show the logos. Not a fan of H’s logo; straining for single letter/symbol memorability like O’s ... and failing. It’s just way too Playskool for my taste.
The Art of VFX: VFX Breakdown.
Seeing bluescreen takes me back to the good ol’ days.
Poetry Foundation: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” Turns 100.
This still represents sophomore year high school english class torture [15 years of age]; content for which we had absolutely no context. What did we know of ‘one-night cheap hotels’, ‘yellow fog’, ‘marmalade and tea’, ‘magic lanterns’? We had a grad student even play a vinyl record of Eliot reading it, in what seemed to be his asthmatic dotage. In our terms, “I grow old ... I grow old ... I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled” became “I grow mold ... I grow mold ... I shall wear my fungus rolled.” I can still perform the imitation. The only experience worse than that, was the month spent having a monotone instructor insist on reading most of The Odyssey out loud. Sheer torture.
Some poetry should only be introduced when experience has had a chance to illuminate the subject matter.
In my 20’s, a proofreader on Wall Street reintroduced me to Eliot through Four Quartets, salvaging my ‘intellectual Troglodyte’ state.
NY Times: Disputed Painting Is Declared an Authentic Rembrandt After Decades.
A patch job, harder to judge.
Quartz: Hermann Zapf, the font designer behind Palatino and Zapf Dingbats, has died at 96.
Zapf, and it’s all over. RIP, good sir. Your dingbats will be long remembered (and that’s a good thing).
Native American art from the collection of Mario Luraschi on offer at Bonhams in fall 2015
“he spent filming in the United States, he frequented Santa Fe, New Mexico, and other centers for Native American art, turning his love for the Old West into a remarkable collection from which Bonhams is pleased to offer a selection of the very finest pieces.” I have a feeling we’ll be hearing more about this locally, in short order.
Guardian.UK: New study claims to find genetic link between creativity and mental illness.
Collectors Weekly: Would You Put a $300,000 Glass Sculpture on the Hood of Your Car?
Archaeology News Network: Face to face with two doomed Franklin members.
It continues to strike me that this ‘scientific’ method of reconstruction seems fraught with inaccuracy.
Lapham’s Quarterly: Body Talk.
“The first uses of the filthiest words in the English language.” By first-used date. NSFW? Maybe. Make sure noone’s looking over your shoulder.
The New Yorker: Why Jihadists Write Poetry.
“It may seem curious that some of the most wanted men in the world should take the time to fashion poems in classical metres and monorhyme — far easier to do in Arabic than in English, but something that still requires practice. And these are only the most obvious signs of the jihadis’ dedication to form.” Twisting this a bit (my nature), I wondered. And looked. Our Founding Fathers weren’t much for poetry. GW left two. TJ left two. Jemmy Madison [A good Princetonian student] showed a bit more spirit.
Collectors Weekly: Why 1980s Cassette Tech Is Still Making Noise in Our Digital World.
Archaeology News Network: Buddhist statue of ‘goddess with thousand hands’ restored.
Check the before/afters. That’s one heck of a lot of painstaking work.
DSLR Video Shooter: The GH4 Guide is Now Available!
This may seem expensive, but when you realize how much time and effort it saves you, it becomes a bargain. Bookmarked.