Sunday, October 30, 2005

a tower by frank gehry in hannover, germany

photo via wikimedia commons

posted at 1:38 PM

i'm glomming onto gehry because there's lately been some sniping at him over on the berry list ... and while it does seem that his aesthetic is at odds with what we might imagine to be mr. berry's ... what do we know ... and i like what i see in many of the photos of gehry buildings ...

Frank Gehry - Wikipedia

The tortured, warped forms of his structures are considered expressions of the deconstructivist (DeCon) school of modernist architecture. The DeCon movement departs from modernism in its de-emphasis of societal goals and functional necessity. Unlike early modernist structures, DeCon structures are not required to reflect specific social ideas (such as speed or universality of form), and they do not reflect a belief that form follows function.

deconstructivist architecture ...

It is a contemporary style that primarily counters the ordered rationality of Modern Architecture. The underpinnings of this movement include ideas of fragmentation, non-linear processes of design, non-Euclidean geometry, negating polarities such as structure and envelope, and so on. The final visual appearance of buildings in this style are characterised by a stimulating unpredictability and a controlled chaos.

... ah ... wikipedia comes through

posted at 1:19 PM

Pritzker Prize: Frank Gehry ...

For a time, Gehry's work used 'unfinished' qualities as a part of the design. As Paul Goldberger, New York Times Architecture Critic described it, 'Mr. Gehry's architecture is known for its reliance on harsh, unfinished materials and its juxtaposition of simple, almost primal, geometric forms...(His) work is vastly more intelligent and controlled than it sounds to the uninitiated; he is an architect of immense gifts who dances on the line separating architecture from art but who manages never to let himself fall.'

posted at 1:06 PM

Frank Gehry - Great Buildings Online ...

Gehry's architecture has undergone a marked evolution from the plywood and corrugated-metal vernacular of his early works to the distorted but pristine concrete of his later works. However, the works retain a deconstructed aesthetic that fits well with the increasingly disjointed culture to which they belong.

... a deconstructed aesthetic ... or an aesthetic of deconstruction ... or ...

posted at 1:02 PM

plodder. dolt. blockhead. numskull. oaf. lump. dunce. pinhead. goose.

posted at 11:09 AM

the tension ... if a tension ... between the profound statement and the heart-stirring melody ... in certain 17th century songs by ... say ... monteverdi ... as sung by emma kirkby (that melody ... soprano) ian partridge (tenor) david thomas (that statement ... bass) ... is not unlike one thread of my business at fyp ... but i'm neither so intent on the statement (as actually saying anything) nor on the melody (as yearning toward the gorgeous) ... and yet ... something solid overflown by something ... else

posted at 10:05 AM

Erick Hawkins ... via a ballardini ... re a post to the poetics list from harry nudel ... 10 Thing[s] I know about Erick Hawkins.... who knows these things because he has acquired hawkins' book collection ... what could anyone know of anyone by looking at anyone's books ... some things ...

posted at 9:52 AM


Saturday, October 29, 2005

the tree towers over a corner of the building right outside my classroom ... on bright days lately we go all golden ... i think it's the best tree on the grounds ... and we get it all to ourselves ... fills the room with sweet arborial fire ...

posted at 4:46 PM

Teaching kids to take care of the Earth ...
"All education is environmental education," writes Oberlin environmental sciences professor David Orr in his foreword. "The ecological crisis is in every way a crisis of education."

posted at 4:19 PM

no luck ... any suggestions?

posted at 10:44 AM

i'm trying to see what turning on Comments does ... let's see

posted at 10:30 AM

since it's been red ribbon week just now ... we had an assembly that wasn't too terribly bad ... some in the past have been real head-scratchers .... but period c lost out on some pretty intense sonnet discussion ... and some of us teachers found ourselves onstage at the end bustin' a move (as i was told later) ... funny ... soon as the guy says "now go get yr teachers and bring them to the stage" some few of my colleagues made a very quick exit ... but enough of us remained to make some signifying fools of ourselves and please the audience of juniors and seniors to no end ... no doubt ...

o age ... maybe it's time for my tattoo ... too ... ?

posted at 10:09 AM


Friday, October 28, 2005

LibraryThing | Catalog your books online ... a useful thing?

posted at 4:09 PM

doing what we can ... Louisiana Wants Illinois Mud as Building Block for Devastated Marshes ... I didn't realize we had a mud surplus up here ...

posted at 3:25 PM


Thursday, October 27, 2005

wendell berry featured at Smithsonian Magazine: 35 Who Made a Difference ...

This is the front line of the conservation struggle too. I don't think people realize how much work, actual physical work, would be involved in restoring this country to some kind of health. My experience over the last 25 years has been that not many people speak, or can think, from the point of view of the land. As soon as the conversation shifts from issues actually affecting the land, to 'the environment,' then you're done for. People think of it as something different from themselves, and of course it isn't.

posted at 7:53 PM

more from that Berry essay ... If you wish to steal farm products or coal or timber from a rural region, you will find it much less troubling to do so if you can believe that the people are too stupid and violent to deserve the things you wish to steal from them. And so purveyors of rural stereotypes have served a predatory economy.

posted at 4:07 PM

a piece by wendell berry ... quick free registration (& worth it) is required to see the article Tilling Word and Land, Sojourners Magazine/November 2005 ...

When I am called, as to my astonishment I sometimes am, a devotee of "simplicity" (since I live supposedly as a "simple farmer"), I am obliged to reply that I gave up the simple life when I left New York City in 1964 and came here to Kentucky. In New York, I lived as a passive consumer, supplying nearly all my needs by purchase, whereas here I supply many of my needs from this place by my work (and pleasure) and am responsible besides for the care of the place.

posted at 3:33 PM

o boy ... Daily Record - Local News - Blogging ban provokes a debate over cyberspace

posted at 3:21 PM

Bedford/St. Martin's

posted at 3:09 PM


posted at 2:11 PM

CDC - Influenza (Flu) | Q & A: Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)

posted at 1:42 PM

solid as High School

posted at 8:25 AM


Wednesday, October 26, 2005

a stunning entry from paula ...Available Light ...

The doctor mounts a step stool. She is short, her patient is tall. She sometimes feels like a mountain goat clambering over the landscape of patients' bodies; other patients, small and frail, make her feel lumbering and monstrous. Like Alice in Wonderland. Sometimes big, sometimes small. Is she really there at all ? Really ?

the vibration generated between photos and words ... just exquisite

posted at 11:00 AM


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Smithsonian Magazine: Explore Art, Science and History

posted at 4:02 PM

{lime tree}: The Uses of Poetry ... see comments too

posted at 3:46 PM

restarted the roundtable discussion with the sophs today ... and am very happy with the results ... they stuck with the question, often supported their points with specifics from the story, listened to and referred to each other's ideas ... and kept their senses of humor ... what a privilege for me to be present at such goings-on ...

o ... we were talking about what a consideration of the subtitle "A Parable" might do to our understanding of the Hawthorne story "The Minister's Black Veil."

conversation to be continued tomorrow with the added fuel of "Young Goodman Brown"

posted at 3:18 PM


Monday, October 24, 2005

from Thomas Merton ...

community is not built by man, it is built by God. It is God's work and the basis of community is not just sociability but faith. This is what we need to see very clearly, because it is very important. what really starts fighting is possessions. And people get into fights by preferring things to people. This is well developed in Christian theology, and therefore, for us, the importance of detachment from things, the importance of poverty, is that we are supposed to be free from things we might prefer to people. You can extend that to any limits you like ­ wherever things become more important than people we are in trouble. That is the crux of the whole matter. Figure it out for yourself!

from Thomas Merton in Alaska, by Thomas Merton. New Directions, 1989.

courtesy of The Thomas Merton Foundation

posted at 2:10 PM


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