in medias res

Now begin in the middle, and later learn the beginning; the end will take care of itself. —in “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktock Man” by Harlan Ellison …and on $150,000 worth of jelly beans falling from the sky (because who … Continue reading

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the inexpressible

“After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley, in essay “The Rest Is Silence” I found that quote from Huxley in college—maybe even in high school—and spent a while scouring the internet trying … Continue reading

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“We as art historians are incredible narcissists, as observation inevitably begins with the one who is observing. I have seen this more than once, even in the case of the exact sciences, and let me be clear: I wonder if … Continue reading

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stacks of information

“One of the fundamental challenges for both librarianship and information science is to find a way to contend with ever-larger piles or stacks or sets of information. Because of the linguistic, psychological, cognitive, social, and technical complexities of information retrieval, … Continue reading

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more about cities

(both of these from “Cities can’t win. When they do well, people resent them as citadels of inequality; when they do badly, they are cesspools of hopelessness….Cities are the contradictions of capitalism, spelled out in crowds. They are engines … Continue reading

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