cornell.paul-virginia.jpgI just finished reading Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I read this back when I was in college and I thought it was a book that warranted a revisit in my adulthood. I still feel that this book is more about madness than it is about any of the topics that you will find discussed in reviews on Amazon or Wikipedia. This brings me to a recurring theme of this blogorrhea… today we went to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem to see the newly opened interactive Origami exhibit. The interactive part was very nice and exactly as you would expect but the pieces on display were amazing. My favorites were “Attack of the Kraken” and “Hyperbolic Cube”. These works, both done from a single large sheet of paper, show a type of dedication to the art that I think must arise from a certain type of insanity. Further explorations in the museum took us to the other current special exhibition, Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination. I had not heard of Joseph Cornell prior to this but after seeing this work I am now going to investigate his life and work much more deeply. If you do nothing else, go to the interactive site at the museum’s website and just spend some time there…you will not regret it….and if you like that, then you must go see the exhibition.  From the website: “Joseph Cornell is one of America’s most innovative modern artists, known for his distinctive box sculptures, collages and experimental films that continue to influence many artists, writers, poets, filmmakers and designers.”. Again, to me, this work shows some definite signs of madness. From Thoreau, via Wikipedia: “ Many, no doubt, are well disposed, but sluggish by constitution and by habit, and they cannot conceive of a man who is actuated by higher motives than they are, accordingly they pronounce this man insane, for they know that they could never act as he does, as long as they are themselves.”



200px-GEBcover.jpgIt was twenty-five years ago that I read Gödel, Escher, Bach by Douglas Hofstadter. I decided that it was about time I read it again. Only a few chapters in and it is already just as mind-blowing as I remember.

 edit – fwiw I made the decision to read this before I knew that he had a new book hitting the shelves this week!


some random stuff before I go on vacation…

Rush announced the release date for their new album

Christopher Eccelston is going to be in the cinematic version of The Dark is Rising

Sprouts is a cool little cross between a game and an educational exercise in topology

The Nurse With Wound List is a daunting compendium of fringe music (more bloggery on this another day) 

The Bonnaroo lineup looks amazing this year…one of these years… 

Caylus: Magna Carta is  due out shorthly and may supplant Caylus as my latest go-to game

Umberto Eco has once again reminded me that I should learn to speak Italian and travel to Italy


logo.JPGAs seen on BoingBoing, Pandemonium Books & Games in Central Sqaure in Cambridge is in financial trouble. They are asking people to pre-order t-shirts to help them over this curent hump. This store has been a great brick & mortar resource for the sci-fi and gaming community in the Boston area for decades. If you are like me and love the ease of online ordering but still enjoy the tactile experience of grabbing books off shelves and the social experience of gaming with friends and strangers, then please support this store. Friday Night Magic anyone?

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Some of you probably know about this already since I found this blog from your links…Defective Yeti is doing an online chapter-by-chapter reading/review of Moby Dick throughout Novemeber. It started as an interesting if somewhat irreverant review but it has evolved into a kind of blog-based reading group as a number of regular blog readers have joined in, reading along. The comments on each posting are quite good and the whole thing makes for a fun set of annotations for any future reader.  I particularly like the format of the data represented: Chapters read, Pages read, Status report, Favorite passage, and Words looked up. I wish I wasn’t in the middle of my second attempt at plowing through A Song of Ice and Fire…I would have loved to join in.


i heard this great story on npr this morning from a woman who discovered that her father had a can of campbell’s soup signed by andy warhol in his closet…i’ve always thought it interesting how andy warhol has managed to make people put very strange values on strange objects of art…this story is an interesting twist on that…

…on a different but related note…one of my and my family’s favorite books is uncle andy’s about a visit to andy warhol in nyc written and illustrated by andy’s nephew james warhola

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