Post #1048 • September 7, 2007, 6:37 PM • 19 Comments
"Upon discovering that Edward Gorey was a Star Trek fanatic, Shaenon Garrity imagines what might have been."
"The residents of this town on the shore of Lake Garda - in northern Italy, between Venice and Milan - realized that a minute before midnight on Nov. 24, 2004, when an earthquake registering 5.2 damaged hundreds of buildings. Since then Mauro Biasin, an architect, has been overseeing the restoration of nearly 300 damaged churches and monasteries. Many are still closed and carry signs saying, 'Closed because of earthquake damage.' There were no deaths, but Mr. Biasin points out that had it struck exactly one month later, the churches would have been filled for Christmas Eve."
New in the Must Reads: Pictures for Sad Children. (Drawn!)
"Traditionally, artists understood beauty as bringing some aspect of the divine to earth and the material. It is a long way from that to Cage's love of traffic noise, which is typical of the egotism and materialism of 20th century art, especially from 1980 on. Every art school, and every art magazine emphasized the importance of theory. Glorifying intellectualism and the the ego, they gravely weakened the connection to the transcendent."
Department of Skills: Frippertronics.
Update: Theo Jansen at TED.