Entries from June 2009

Revisionist Remix for ‘A Moveable Feast’

Comments   0   Date Arrow  June 29, 2023 at 5:00pm   User  by Mark Willis

Hemingway with his first wife, Hadley Richardson, left, and his second wife, Pauline Pfeiffer. [Source: Hemingway Collection/JFK Library/AP/NYT]
Ernest Hemingway said some mean things about Gertrude Stein and Zelda Fitzgerald in A Moveable Feast.  He never forgave Zelda for suggesting that he, Ernest Hemingway, might be a homosexual. Read the scene in which Hem takes F. [...]

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For Brendan the Navigator at 25

Comments   0   Date Arrow  June 28, 2023 at 6:00am   User  by Mark Willis

A memoir from Big Water (1999)

Fog at Isle Royale [Source: wildmengoneborneo.com]
When we shoved off the pebble beach, the outer islands that rim Malone Bay looked like green humped turtles on the horizon. All day long we had watched the smaller islands appear and disappear in the fog. Now the icy blue bay shimmered in [...]

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It’s Helen Keller Day in Second Life

Comments   0   Date Arrow  June 27, 2023 at 7:00am   User  by Mark Willis

Virtual guide dog Max makes new friends in Second Life. [Image source: Robin Roar/Flickr] Learn more about Helen Keller Day on the Second Life Wiki, and see the Flickr pool.

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Café Mouffe: Never Can Say Goodbye

Comments   1   Date Arrow  June 26, 2023 at 5:58pm   User  by Mark Willis

The King of Pop wasn’t the kind of guy who’d stroll into a dive like the Mouffe. With the outpouring of sentiment following his untimely death, though, even the Mouffe has to pay tribute to Michael Jackson.
Much of that sentiment has included the phrase “soundtrack of my life” – which didn’t exactly fit my life. [...]

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Bringing Twitterature to the Masses

Comments   0   Date Arrow  June 25, 2023 at 7:19am   User  by Mark Willis

I like to think I am well-read, even as a blind flaneur who works constantly to negotiate access to books. When conversation turns to some obscure old warhorse from the canon, I like to joke that I didn’t finish the book, but I read the Classic Comics. Soon I will have another excuse. “Oh, sure, [...]

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A Vulture-Bone Flute For Primordial Music

Comments   0   Date Arrow  June 24, 2023 at 7:31pm   User  by Mark Willis

Nicholas J. Conard of the University of Tübingen, in Germany, showed a thin bird-bone flute carved some 35,000 years ago. [Photo by Daniel Maurer/AP/NYT]
John Wilford Noble writes in NYT:
At least 35,000 years ago, in the depths of the last ice age, the sound of music filled a cave in what is now southwestern Germany, the [...]

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‘Perfecting Sound Forever’: From the Big Bang to Led Zeppelin

Comments   0   Date Arrow  June 23, 2023 at 7:03pm   User  by Mark Willis

NPR Music: “In his book, Perfecting Sound Forever, Greg Milner explores the evolution of sound. His history covers the analog days of Thomas Edison through the present day of digital recordings, and the quest for sonic perfection.
“Technological advances have complicated the debate about the value of the most accurate reproduction of a sound, versus the [...]

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