#31: To hear that grass growing

The hats are intriguing, the pigeon is reading, Australia is leaving, etc.


Lovely Linky Bits

Thoughtful reads and so forth.

A Recipe for Memory
“There’s an urban legend I’ve heard countless times and believe almost never: an admired cook or baker (yes, almost always a celebrated woman home cook in the telling), when she passes a recipe along to friends, willfully leaves out one ingredient. Here’s what I believe: I suspect it’s not an ingredient she omits, but more likely a matter of timing or technique. Why? Because I think, rather than willful subterfuge, the omission occurs simply because the cook doesn’t think about it, can’t think about it, without losing her stroke.”

The Normality of Anxiety Attacks
“It is, as Eliot recognises, both a privilege and a profound nightmare to be correctly attuned to reality, to hear that grass growing and that squirrel’s heart beating – and, also, by implication, to sense the judgement in the social encounter, the threat of the plane engine, the latent violence in the stranger’s stare, the enclosed nature of the meeting room. We might well, as she sometimes did, long for a little more ‘well-wadded stupidity’ to block it all out.”

Speak Weirdness to Truth
“Weirding is a portent of deeper truths. When you are feeling weirded out, it’s a sign that your truths are about to get undermined by deeper ones by a crash. It is a lead indicator of impending expansion not just in what you know, but how you know it. Weirdness presages a catastrophic evolution in the categories and modes of knowing. It is your brain signaling that it needs a reboot.”

Curiosities & Delights

Some things to be glad about.

Maor Zabar’s intriguing hats.
NYPL’s “human Google” service.
Michigan’s lavender labyrinth.
Mirror spiders and literate pigeons.
Australia is outta here.
Here’s a nice big pineapple to sleep in.
Hooray for silly science at the Ig Nobel Prizes.
And brace yourself, bookshop lover.

Moving Pictures

Video treats upon which to press play.

People who whisper for a living.
Why some people are more altruistic than others.
Here’s a whole hour of guitar making.
Here’s a guy who can whistle.
And here’s Venice.