The head butler in Downton Abbey, Mr. Carson, had this to say about life in Season 4, Episode 4: The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end, that’s all there is. I agree with him, and I’m not done with this business of life.
A poem by Bob Hicok, from The Legend of Light Man of the House It was a misunderstanding. I got into bed, made love with the woman I found there, called her honey, mowed the lawn, had three children, painted the house twice, fixed the furnace, overcame an addiction to […]
Gorodish explains the Zen of buttering a baguette to Jules in the 1981 film Diva On 29 May 2018 in Washington, DC, we were having an afternoon capuccino in the Blue Duck Tavern (at the corner of NW 24th and M Streets). To the left of our table, about ten […]
I’m haunted by a yellow landscape that shows a cornfield in France, with a windmill close to the horizon. The time must be late in the afternoon on a late summer day. The whole painting is yellow. I’m thinking I saw it at some point in the 1990s, perhaps at […]
In Richard Thomas’ book Why Bob Dylan Matters he quotes, on page 98, presumably Dylan himself as saying that “creativity has much to do with experience, observation, and imagination.” I’ll second that…
When I watched Tammy Wynette sing “Stand by your Man” recently on youTube, I noticed that her hair is very architectural. It reminds me of some of the projects by Jersey Devil Architecture, whose website appears to be defunct now…
Dear Dr. Mikesch Muecke Greetings from Journal of Biopolymers Research Journal of Biopolymers al Medicine: Open Access journal is in a process of accepting Research articles/ Review articles/ Short Communication/ Conference proceedings/ Rapid Communications/ Commentaries/ for publication in upcoming issue. Considering you as the potential contributor, Journal of Biopolymers takes […]
I found the above note on a signup sheet from the previous students in the design studio suite on the third floor (north-east side) of the College of Design at Iowa State University. It seemed metaphysical when I read it…and confessional.
While walking across the campus of a small midwestern university, I noticed this sign which made me think about the nature of nature: lawns are no longer grown but constructed. The artificiality of agriculture is put on display without irony, I’m sure. But let’s make sure the sign is green;–)
While watching the Architectures movie about the Bauhaus again, the narrator quotes Walter Gropius as saying this about the perception of the Bauhaus as a three-dimensional artifact: “You must walk around the building to understand its materiality and the function of its various elements.” Well and good, even if Gropius didn’t understand […]