Drone photographer Lior Patel has spent the last several months capturing the movements of a flock of sheep in Israel as they move from their winter to summer pastures.
ILM visual effects artist Todd Vaziri asked his Twitter followers to share their favorite shots from a movie made in the last decade. The replies are a visual feast (and heavy on blockbusters) — here are a few of my favorites
Friedrich Dürrenmatt under surveillance
As swissinfo.ch summarizes, Swiss secret service spied on Dürrenmatt.
Okay, apparently: "The Swiss federal police ended up collecting information on more than 800,000 people – every 20th Swiss citizen and every third foreigner – suspected of “unSwiss” behaviour during the Cold War". Still .....
Love and Sex in the Time of Plague review
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Guido Ruggiero's Love and Sex in the Time of Plague: A Decameron Renaissance, just out from Harvard University Press.
Yes, this time of the plague isn't ours but the fourteenth century -- and this certainly makes me eager to return to Boccaccio's Decameron. (And to read up more on virtù and virtue, finally making it through James Hankins' Virtue Politics, also from Harvard University Press.)
In ‘At first I thought, this is crazy’: the real-life plan to use novels to predict the next war in The Guardian Philip Oltermann profiles, at considerable length, the Global Ethic Institute's (Weltethos-Institut's) Project Cassandra, which involves: "making literary texts usable as prognosis instruments in the field of violence prevention".
Not an uninteresting idea, but I'm not sure how far one can get with this.
Still, hey, finding meaning(fulness) in literature -- that's a positive, right ?
They've announced the winners of this year's Orwell Prizes, including the Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, which went to Summer, by Ali Smith.
If you happen to be on the Upper East Side on Saturday, make sure you stop by 81st and Fifth Avenue to see the Jo Malone Morris Minor filled with flowers and models handing out samples of our their English Pear & Freesia Cologne. Sounds like a good plan for the day to me!
There’s a wall between you and what you want and you got to leap it.
Bob Dylan is generally regarded as one of the greatest songwriters in history — and he has a Nobel Prize in literature to prove it. The folk singer earned the award for his poetic and often moving lyrics. Take this one from Dylan’s 1981 song “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar” off the album “Shot of Love.” It encourages us to seize the moment, to bust through our fears and overcome obstacles. We won’t reach our dreams, Dylan warns, without the courage to leap.