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Archive for August, 2009

pictures from the dmz tour

Posted by rigorousm on August 25, 2009

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miscellany from seoul

Posted by rigorousm on August 18, 2009

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Restaurant in Itaewon district.

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Woman and ice cream in Hongik district.

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Looking up.

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Alice and disgruntled mask and etc. salesman.

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more street art in seoul

Posted by rigorousm on August 16, 2009

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Posted by rigorousm on August 16, 2009

Watching: Coffee Prince.

Listening: Black Moth Super Rainbow. Fitzgerald’s “Porcelain and Pink” (here), Emile Zola’s “The Flood” (here), Honore de Balzac’s “Sarrasine” (here) at Librivox.

Reading: In Progress: Still the Goffman, Pascal’s “Pensees,” Arthur Conan Doyle’s “Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.” Benjamin Rosenbaum’s “The Ant King and Other Stories.” (here) Finished: F. Scott Fitzgerald – “The Beautiful and Damned.” (here) (free audiobook here) Maureen F. McHugh – “Mothers and Other Monsters.” (here)

“In the car, Stan said, “So, Corpse, what’s your favorite subject in school?”
“Shop,” said Corpse.
“Aha,” said Stan. “And what do you want to do when you grow up?”
“Bring about the violent overthrow of the current political order,” said Corpse.
“Really? How come?” asked Stan.
Corpse’s eyes rolled back into their sockets, exposing the white.
“Takes after me, don’t you, Corpse?” said Monique happily. Corpse said nothing.
“But, Monique,” said Stan. “You’re a venture capitalist. You are the current political order.”
Monique laughed.
“Corpse,” said Stan, “I hope you don’t mind me asking this, but ah, are you a boy or a girl?”
“You teleological totalitarian!” Corpse shouted. “Your kind will be first up against the wall when the revolution comes!”
“Now, Corpse, be nice,” said Monique. But she was grinning.”

– excerpt from “The Ant King.”

Doing: Studying.

Elsewhere:

  • Shaun Tan’s illustrated short story, “Eric.” (here)
  • Guardian.co.uk on the idiom. (here)

“As well as being illogical, idioms are idiotic. The words idiom and idiot come from the same root: “idios” which in ancient Greek meant “of one’s own” or “private”. The original meaning of an idiot was someone not interested in public affairs (considered a key duty in ancient Athens and perhaps a notion we should revive in modern democracies).”

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images: two moments of synchronicity

Posted by rigorousm on August 9, 2009

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images: street art in the hongik university district

Posted by rigorousm on August 8, 2009

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images: travel in seoul

Posted by rigorousm on August 8, 2009

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elsewhere

Posted by rigorousm on August 6, 2009

  • Kelly Link’s short story, “Light” at Tin House. (here)
  • International Center of Photography’s photos of Hiroshima. (here)
  • Russell Davies on ambient speech. (here)

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meta ad nauseum

Posted by rigorousm on August 6, 2009

“Ernestine is perfectly aware of how ridiculously literary her act is, but that she has to submit to cheap literature makes her even more touching in her own eyes and ours. In drama, as in all of life, she escapes vainglorious beauty.”

– Jean Genet, Our Lady of the Flowers

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Posted by rigorousm on August 4, 2009

“…control upon the part of the individual reinstates the symmetry of the communication process, and sets the stage for a kind of information game– a potentially infinite cycle of concealment, discovery, false revelation, and rediscovery.” (8)

“… an intense interest in… disruptions comes to play a significant role in the social life of the group.  Practical jokes and social games are played in which embarassments which are to be taken unseriously are purposely engineered. Fantasies are created in which devastating exposures occur. Anecdotes from the past– real, embroidered, or fictitious– are told and retold, detailing disruptions which occurred, almost occurred, or occurred and were admirably resolved. There seem no grouping which does not have a ready supply of these games, reveries, and cautionary tales, to be used as a source of humor, a catharsis for anxieties, and a sanction for inducing individuals to be modest in their claims and reasonable in their projected expectations.” (14)

– Erving Goffman, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life

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