V.25 No.7 | 02/18/2016
Articles I've Read this Week
A reading list for wasting time at work
When I used to work in an office that required I be stationed at my desk for eight hours a day, no matter how productive I was or how much work I actually had to do, I found that I spent a lot of the extra, onerous hours reading. So, I appreciated a curated list of interesting content from the www. Here's a list of suggested reading for you poor saps just killing time. As always, check out the Daily Word for more weirdness from the backalleys of the internet.
A vagina-centric Japanese artist persists in making her work despite having been arrested TWICE. Read about Rokudenashiko HERE.
I'm a morning person, a so-called "lark" according to science. Now, researchers suggest that there are more than just two categories (morning people and "night owls"). I hate feeling low-energy, so new research on sleep is always interesting. Read about the four types of sleep schedules HERE.
This essay on one of my favorite websites, that of Bomb Magazine, had me at the subheader: "A confession: I can’t stop watching videos of marathon runners expiring at the finish line." Read this essay about death, running and so much more HERE.
V.23 No.13 | 3/27/2014
Review by Leo P. Neufeld
Falling Into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home
There are quiet sounds that often get lost in the business of our daily lives. Catherine Reid’s book Falling Into Place: An Intimate Geography of Home is a chronologically organized collection of personal essays meant to entice us to listen.
V.23 No.9 | 2/27/2014
Dear Sister Survivor…
Review by Barbara Korbal
Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence
Dear Sister: Letters from Survivors of Sexual Violence is a remarkable volume offering words of wisdom and insight to survivors and the allies who want to help them.
V.23 No.3 | 1/16/2014
The Van Life
Review by Erik Gamlem
Sometimes, DIY tour across the country is a total disaster. But it sure makes for some entertaining reading.
V.23 No.1 | 1/2/2014
Love, Death and Other Causes of Indigestion
Review by Suzanne Buck
How Should We Live? Great Ideas from the Past for Everyday Life
Searching for insight into such universal topics as love, family, work and nature, Roman Krznaric reaches back to the Greeks, through Medieval and Renaissance philosophers and on through the Victorians and modern thinkers.
V.22 No.46 | 11/14/2013
Coming and Going, Endlessly
Review by Kathy Freise
On Migration: Dangerous Journeys and the Living World
On Migration: Dangerous Journeys and the Living World is about where we belong and where we call home.
V.22 No.30 | 7/25/2013
Delicious Reading Is On the Menu
Review by Julian Wolf
Steal the Menu: A Memoir of Forty Years in Food
If anyone’s going to have some good stories about the food world, it’sThe New York Times food editor. Julian Wolf has the tasty scoop.
V.20 No.33 | 8/18/2011
It’s been four months and I’m still finding stuff
By Summer Olsson [ Tue Aug 16 2011 1:29 PM ]
Today’s Office Excavations post is about a box of phlogs. If you punch this word into Google, you’ll get a dozen different definitions. I think, in this case—although there is no explanation accompanying the box—the artist means “photo logs,” or something of this ilk.
The box, which was under a stack of junk on a bookshelf in my office, is full of black, matte, blank greeting cards, each with a black and white photo glued to the front. Most of the subjects pictured are people, although one is cutlery and dirty plates. Each photo has intriguing composition and exudes a melancholy feel, such as I like my art to have. On the back of every card is an essay relating to the image on the front. The essays are little capsules of narrative poignancy.
A sheet inside the box reads “Phlogs: Journey to the heart of the human predicament. Note card series by George Stranahan.” (Dirty dishes do get right to the heart of my predicament.)
It turns out that George Stranahan is a physicist, philosopher, educator, writer and photographer who lives in Colorado. He is also a brewer. He started the Flying Dog brewpub in Aspen, which expanded to become a brewery in Denver, with his friend and neighbor Hunter S. Thompson!
The note cards are an offshoot of the book, Phlogs: Journey to the heart of the human predicament, which is full of photos and essays by Stranahan. He had some help on the bound version from author Nicole Beinstein Strait, who wrote some of the essays.
The note cards are really cool and I’m willing to share. If you comment on this blog, I will mail you one at random, and you can regift it or tack it to your wall. (Up to 12 people, because that’s how many cards there are.)
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