What I learned this week, October 11, 2013

Revealed: How Gaudi’s Barcelona cathedral will finally look on completion in 2026… 144 years after building started

This amazes me to no end. Seeing the Sagrada Familia is something I want to do before I die… now I want to live long enough to see it finished.

I had better start taking care of myself.


50 People On ‘The Most Intellectual Joke I Know’

It’s hard to pick a favorite one…. maybe:

Q: What does the “B” in Benoit B. Mandelbrot stand for?

A: Benoit B. Mandelbrot.


I’ve had a small fascination with the icons marked on shipping crates… especially ones with art in them.

mystery1

I always find this blog from the Dallas Museum of Art interesting

Uncrated

mystery


There are a lot of good things on this earth, but there are few things better than this:

Temptress


Congratulations to Alice Munro. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this week.

I’ve always said she is the unquestioned master of the short story. Glad to see someone working exclusively in the underrated form and genre of the literatry short story (pretty much) get this recognition. The only problem with reading Munro, as a short story writer, is that when you finish one of hers you realize that you will never be that good – that she has done something you will never be able to pull off.


There’s a new Pynchon novel out, Bleeding Edge. I’m not as excited as I have been in the past… (I have a lot to read) but still… I have to go read it.

Pynchon’s Mrs. Dalloway


Malcolm Gladwell has a new book out: David and Goliath

Excellent talk by him here: Malcolm Gladwell discusses tokens, pariahs, and pioneers


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One response to “What I learned this week, October 11, 2013

  1. Oh my gosh, I loved that post intellectual jokes, but Alice Munro winning the Nobel Prize made my week. I totally relate to the problem of reading her and realizing I will never be as good of a writer though. At least she gives me something to strive for!

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