October 10, 2002

Stuff and Such

A Woman, alone, Living on Wilderness Time , from University of Virginia Press.

Soon after her fiftieth birthday, Melissa Walker set out on a journey that many women of her generation have mapped only in their dreams. Having spent her adult life raising children and climbing the academic ladder, Walker decided to put some of the environmental theories she'd taught into practice. Leaving her suburban life, she ventured into the wilderness.

"A compelling travel narrative and meditation on the value of wilderness in the spirit of Rick Bass and Gretel Ehrlich. In strong, clear prose, Melissa Walker weaves descriptions of her experience in wilderness areas with observations on the political and personal meaning of wilderness and her own firsthand education about its value for personal growth."

—Jennifer Ackerman, author of Chance in the House of Fate: A Natural History of Heredity and Notes from the Shore

It's B-B-B-BIG! But is it art?

The world's largest sculpture has been unveiled this week (and a heck of a veil it must have been, too). The 'thing' measures almost 150m in length and is 10 storeys high. And it was built and remains indoors in London's Tate Modern gallery.

It's builder, Anish Kapoor, as artistic with words as he is with pipe cleaners and papier-mâché, says about it...

"It's a big thing because it needs to be a big thing. One hopes that it's a deep thing."

He said he hoped people's reaction would be: "You walk in and you probably can't help but go: `Wow what's that?"'

Well, the fellow is nothing if not articulate. Okay, this 'thing' is monstrous. Consider: He charges $4000 for this painted red spot of his creation. Whaddaya suppose he got for Marsyas, the name of this massive ouvres d'art?

Oh, and the current mega-sculpture's title "refers to Marsyas, the satyr in Greek mythology, who was flayed alive by the god Apollo". I expect that Apollo is now looking for Mr. Kapoor, and I bet he ain't happy.

South Korean man dies after indulging in computer games. Bloggers, maybe that catheter leg bag thing is not such a good idea after all.

A 24-year-old South Korean man has died after playing computer games non-stop for 86 hours.

Police claim the man had been glued to the computer since late Friday and had not eaten or slept since.

He collapsed in front of the counter desk early on Tuesday but soon regained his consciousness. He then went to the toilet where he later was found dead.

Posted by fred1st at October 10, 2002 06:07 AM

$4,000.00? For that?

At least they tell you that the pigment is hand-applied by the artist. Otherwise you'd never know just what he used.

Wonder if I could get anything for that ketchup stain on the kitchen floor, the one where I dropped a whole plate. It even has french fries.

We're in the wrong business. :)

Posted by: Jim at October 10, 2002 07:08 AM

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