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I’ll Dip My Toe Into The Tide

I wonder how much of the “oh, those pathetic college students, wanting to be sheltered” is accurate, and how much of it might just be trickery – like the Samoans who pulled Margaret Mead’s leg about their culture. I’m sure … Continue reading

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Go Read

A Q&A with William Gibson here. New novel coming out in September. Looking forward to autumn, though no need for Spring or Summer to hurry past. Random excerpt: Q: Have you ever wanted to wear a uniform? A When was … Continue reading

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Why Do Humans Make Art?

Denis Dutton’s The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution sets out to answer that question. Along the way, he makes use of darwinism, evolutionary psychology, archaeology, and aesthetic philosophy to arrive at a very satisfying answer – and provides … Continue reading

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Nonsense Sharpens the Mind

This New York Times article describes recent research suggesting that – since we are hardwired to search for patterns that confirm our expectations – we work extra hard to find meaning when we are confronted with nonsense. The search for … Continue reading

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Why Do Humans Make Art?

Denis Dutton’s The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure, and Human Evolution sets out to answer that question. Along the way, he makes use of darwinism, evolutionary psychology, archaeology, and aesthetic philosophy to arrive at a very satisfying answer – and provides … Continue reading

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Evocative Series

I wish Marilyn was around to read something I had written. Check out the wonderful series of photos at the link.

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Stumbling On Happiness…

… or Why Sheryl Crow is right. Ron, a reader of this blog, sent me a copy of Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness. Thanks Ron. Daniel Gilbert is a professor of psychology at Harvard. In a breezy style, his book … Continue reading

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Where The Wild Things Are…

This collection of manipulated photos makes me think of Maurice Sendak’s book. Particularly this image.

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Thanks Ron

I received Stumbling on Happiness. I have 3 books in the queue ahead of it, but I’ll post my thoughts on it when I’ve read it. I didn’t see any contact info beyond your physical address, so I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Herman Melville

Today is Herman Melville’s birthday – born August 1, 1819. 190 years old. Friend and contemporary of one of the other writers of the Great American Novel – Nathaniel Hawthorne. Visit Sheila O’Malley’s compendious appreciation.

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