August 30th, 2011
Kevin Kelly, quoting from Douglas Coupland's biography of Marshall McLuhan:
The total absence of humor from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature. — Alfred North Whitehead
I wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't believed it. — M.M.
Marshall describes Margaret Mead bringing several copies of the same book to a Pacific island. The natives had seen books before, but always different books, one copy of each. When they saw copies of the same book, their minds blew.
September 28th, 2010
Phillip Toledano's delightful, thoughtful photo essay The Reluctant Father is decidedly not just another collection of baby photos by a devoted daddy. Lovely work, and probably not what you imagine it's going to be after the first few images.
Go, see for yourself.
March 20th, 2010
Adam Curtis on the changes in the depiction of the Yanomani tribe on BBC TV over the last forty years:
I am fascinated by the way the Yanomamo appear again and again in the BBC film archive. And each time they turn up they play a new role as different Western concerns and ideas about human beings and nature are projected onto them.