Sunday, July 02, 2017

Bats, Beetles, Baleboste, Brontës, Butterflies…

Here are the quotes, and links that will be the talk of the bohemian towns —and the beach—this weekend ...

INK BOTTLE“Everything a writer learns about the art or craft of fiction takes just a little away from his need or drive to write at all. In the end he knows all the tricks and has nothing to say.”
~ Raymond Chandler, “The Simple Art of Murder”

Some batituders  have tongues that would clip a hedge...

Making old rum in 6 days this is Wayne Curtis' piece is one of my favorite essays this year, furthermore shades of Knut Wicksell’s wine aging model.  What are the problems with asynchronous, and to what extent can producers move closer to simultaneity?  Might such a transition sometimes be impossible at any cost?

The piece is hard to excerpt, but here is one fine sentence:

Yet somehow that business model is not so idiotic that it keeps people out of the industry.

FASTER, PLEASE: Scientists come up with neural mechanism—and possible fix—for chronic pain.

What Inspired the Summer of Love?

Mostly drugs.

A Bizarre New Form of Liquid Water Is Discovered Live Science (original)

Bohemian palm cockatoos drum a regular rhythm to catch a mate ...

Field tests show how pesticides can wreak havoc on honeybees

Humans are big fans of bees. We rely on them to pollinate crops like almonds, watermelons and apples. But bees probably aren't big fans of humans - at least, not of our agricultural practices.

Indigenous photographer Mervyn Bishop marks life-and-death dash behind the lens

Before The Internet

“You would lean against the lockers with a faraway expression on your face and let people assume whatever they wanted. Like that you were a girly girl but could also be a tomboy. Or that back in your home town you’d been friends with a bunch of crows. And everyone assumed that if they saw a crow it probably knew you, because you had some kind of understanding with crows owing to undefined telepathic abilities that made you look troubled now and then but also really important. And if anyone wanted to track down an old friend of yours and write her an actual letter to find out if any of this was true, well, best of luck to them. 

Too many enemies are basking in George Pell's situation

The Writer Lidia Yuknavitch, Who Reinvented The Memoir, Says She’ll Never Tire Of ‘Swimming Within Cold River Language’

Her book The Chronology of Water ends with an interview with her editor Rhonda Hughes, and here’s why: “What you want is an editor who is dying to go with you into your material, to ride the waves, to dive down or kick up, to swim the waters of your imagination. The interview was a chance to show readers that no book happens without collaboration. All books take many mammals and I count my lucky stars I crossed stardust paths with Rhonda.”

Jane Eyre’ May Have Been Written As A Coded, Secret Love Letter

Charlotte Brontë was facing two crises: Her father’s health was in trouble, and she had for years been in love with a married, and uninterested, man. “The unstated fantasy driving the writing of Jane Eyre, which she began drafting nine months later, was in all likelihood to create a novel of romantic love that would achieve—through imagination—the fantasy fulfillment of an adulterous passion that was never to be hers. It would be a letter to him. At least in a novel, Brontë could have the heroine voice her own feelings, addressing them not to Heger but to the fictional Fairfax Rochester.”

Fraud, lies, and the importance of the group. Via attachment theory, Arendt, and Milgram, a former cult member considers the psychology of brainwashing  

Bats, Beetles, Butterflies… And Other Pollinators That Aren’t Bees (and How to Attract Them) 
Modern Farmer
A passion for the mundane. A scuffed old bread knife, a glass vase, a coffee table — ordinary objects delighted, inspired, and confounded Matisse  Wooden house of Katarina Imrichova  

Golden age of the short story: the 1890s? 1980s? 2010s? We’ve been celebrating the “revival” of the form since Chekhov ... Shortest Rivers  

Poor teeth Aeon

Hiring, honeybees and human decision-making

Dozens of studies have shown that the choices we make over what we eat, how we save, and even how we vote can be affected by how those choices are presented: their ‘choice architecture’. Research has found, for example, that the order of candidates’ names on a ballot sheet can influence election outcomes (you want […]

Cockroaches, crummy days, and lousy lakes. For Grace Paley, every part of life was worthy of literary attention. There was beauty in banality... Kafka too is at it again ...

The life of a ghostwriter. Don't argue with clients, however repulsive. And remember, you'll probably receive no recognition — which may be a good thing... Specter of Words is Haunting

 Uber-like hailable public toilet

This week, “woke” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. But, before you roll your eyes, hear what these lexicographers have to say about it.

An excellent making a difference book about  Steve Job's iPHONE by Brian Merchant.  Two neat things I learned that I hadn’t known before.  First, when you are typing the software guesses which letters might be coming next and gives you extra latitude in hitting those keys.  (I believe this oddly makes the QWERTY keyboard efficient once again, also.)  Second, there are non-disclosure agreements for reading a possible non-disclosure agreement to sign (or not).  You have to sign one of those before you even get to see the non-disclosure agreement for the work at hand, in other words if you don’t sign the NDA you can’t even report on how much secrecy they were demanding from you.  Apple used those.

"The Redskins' Edible Crotchless Gummy Panties argument actually worked": At the "D.C. Sports Bog" of The Washington Post, Dan Steinberg has an entry that begins, "Sometimes when I'm bored, I like to imagine Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito the first time he scanned the appendix of the amicus brief the Redskins filed in the recently decided Slants trademark case."

"Topless bans aim to protect, but some question who needs protecting": In today's edition of The Washington Post, columnist Courtland Milloy has an essay that begins, "To hear some lawmakers tell it, the female breast exposed in public has the power to destroy the moral fabric of the nation."