Saturday, July 20, 2013

Just Ride It Out

“Pay close attention to the most tedious thing you can find (tax returns, televised golf), and, in waves, a boredom like you’ve never known will wash over you and just about kill you. Ride these out, and it’s like stepping from black and white into color. Like water after days in the desert. Constant bliss in every atom.”

David Foster Wallace

Thursday, July 11, 2013

It's Not A Woman's Job To Look Beautiful

“She’s never where she is,’ I said. ‘She’s only inside her head.” - Janet Fitch, White Oleander

Love Obsession

“The only obsession everyone wants: ‘love.’ People think that in falling in love they make themselves whole? The Platonic union of souls? I think otherwise. I think you’re whole before you begin. And the love fractures you. You’re whole, and then you’re cracked open.”

Philip Roth, The Dying Animal

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Bowl And the Laser Bat

The magnificent Vi Hart — mathemusician extraordinaire illuminates Stravinsky’s atonal composition for Edward Lear’s classic nonsense poem, “The Owl and the Pussycat.” Stravinsky actually borrowed the basis for his composition from the 12-tone technique Arnold Schoenberg invented, which Hart explains as well.