Via this fascinating piece on the bookplates of eighteen authors.
WARREN ELLIS LTD Articles.
Our uncalled-for longevity mustn’t blind us to the fact that the world of knowledge is in constant flux and that of course we can only have a proper handle on it for a limited period of time.
It’s a short and sweet little book, like a tiny aftershock from FOUCAULT’S PENDULUM…
Taking a moment to look back on my mark-making here over the last month and pick out the pieces I thought worked better than others, mostly for my own consideration going forward:
The Penguin Originals, A Forgotten Imprint – a stylish book imprint that I remember existing for only a short time.
Henning Mankell’s Hearse – I’m re-reading some Mankell, chilly undertaker of Nordic Noir.
Travelling Without Moving (morning computer)
Reigen Eto (1721-1785) was a student of the renowned Zen Master Hakuin. At one point, Reigen left Hakuin’s temple to pursue the solitude of the mountains as a hermit. He remained in mountain solitude for ten years, pursuing the teaching and practice of his master. One day, he learned that Hakuin was giving a lecture at a nearby retreat. Reigen Eto left the mountains to attend, and was so inspired by the talk that he resumed his studies with Hakuin.
Hakuin was also a painter, and Reigen Eto became one, too. Painting was a precise art suited to Zen single-mindedness of expression. Reigen pursued standard themes, depicting Bodhidharma, Hotei, Mount Fuji, and natural objects like crows and pine trees. A lesser known work and its object, however, may be his most persuasive.
In 1543, the Western world intruded upon Japan. A Portuguese warship landed on the island of Tanegashima, and two sailors armed with guns alighted. Eventually, the island became the chief stopoff for Portuguese trade — the Westerners concept of trade being extortion, violence, and force then visited on hapless Japan. The Japanese remembered the metal objcect that was the source of the intruders’ power: the gun. Having no knowledge or experience with this weapon, the name of the island — the word “tanegashima” — became synonymous with “gun.” And this is the topic of Reigen Eto’s painting titled “The Gun,” a work strangely obscure among his own works and among historical Zen paintings.
The work, which is not reprinted on the Web at this writing — was painted in stylized form, with a haiku at the top and an object (in this case a gun) at the bottom. The gun is painted in swift brushstrokes, quick enough to represent the streaks of faded black ink called “flying white.”
The haiku reads: “The sound of the gun / is the entrance / to hell.”
From Hermitary. Apologies for the extended quote, but I wanted to ensure I didn’t lose this.
You Still Owe Us One Dream – “(Del) Close’s Prankster credentials were impeccable...”
Do Self-Reproducing Probes Dream Of Electric Cats – phildickian
A Confirmed Hallucination: HELGOLAND, Carlo Rovelli – “Sighted sentience reinterpreted as dreaming meat.”
COLD BLOW MARSH, Polly Wright – “It’s a book of the life of the haunted marshes…”
Here’s a thing I didn’t know:
- Open Google Maps
- Enter Street View.
- Tap anywhere on the image to find information about the place.
- Select “see more dates” and scroll through historical imagery of the location dating back to 2007. City streets could offer more than a dozen dates, while remote locations will have more limited options.
- Browse through the photos to see a digital time capsule that shows how the place has changed.
Previous links and posts about radio:
My iPad Is A Radio – converting dying devices for extended uses
Shipwreck Radio – Nurse With Wound’s art-music broadcasts
That Was Very Fine – fun quote about German radio art
ANTIDAWN, Burial – radio is always a strong theme in his work
Ganymede Series 01 Watch Arrived – weird radio-dial watch
Beckett And The BBC Radiophonic Workshop – true story
Heart Of The Island – vaguely adjacent, my visit to the British Library sound archives