Monday, October 2, 2006

Sunday gazette

As I get older, and more embedded in the polite politics of Canada and northern Europe, I sometimes forget how much I value the kind of passion that has always found its way in South American politics - the passionate politics I grew up with. I mean, check out the upcoming Submidialogia Festival in Olinda, Brasil (via). If you read Portuguese, I recommend checking out the original text - "O que queremos, de fato, é que as idéias voltem a ser perigosas" - but the English translation is still pretty good.

And while people still like to think that science is separate from both politics and passions, try telling that to string theorists and their detractors, or to those scientists who see God in the details.

Also consider this: "No matter what the demands of 'self-expression' may be, nothing is anything without fully articulate, conscious form." Including nighttime rainbows.

Then there is the passion given over to books - not just stories, but books. I am, today, almost finished reading Jeanette Winterson's The Passion. It's an unassuming book, but its story has made everything around me a bit more intense, and I'll be both immensely relieved and saddened when I'm finally released by it.

Mark Twain - "a passionate man rife with roiling contradictions" - asked in 1901 about The Person Sitting in Darkness and over 100 years later Peter Lurie has related concerns about how binary thinking and reductionism are our real weaknesses. (via)

And now for those suffering from boredom, or those who simply like to play, here are some Things you can do with absolutely nothing, Things you can do with very little and Things you can do with another person. Plus The Top Ten College Pranks of All Time.

Also: divine intervention, er, invention and 19th Century Circus & Magic Posters - note the persistent devil imagery (all via The Amazing Plep).


Anonymous Leah Ingrid MacLennan said...

Be grateful that you live in a country where politics is polite and a bit dull, even! We're in the middle of a dirty election campaign in the US now. What a contrast to Sweden, the Swedes had their parliamentary election very recently. I followed that campaign closely in their newspapers and in some political blogs. It was indeed a bit dull and polite, but did produce a clear result, and now they take it from there. Leah

Anonymous hundredsandthousands said...

I first read The Passion in 1991 and if asked, still put it forward as my favourite tale. If you find you get a little ache of longing somewhere in your tum when you've finished it, I recommend Lighthousekeeping.

I have found no other writer who can capture the visceral 'disruptions' of (female/lesbian) desire like WInterson can (even when she's voicing characters that are male). Her renderings simply resonate with me. I admire her enormously.

PS Thanks for your blog, and spaceandculture.


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