According to my mother, my grandfather Curtis Shephard lied about his age (he added a year) and volunteered for military service during the First World War. He joined the 42nd Division, the “Rainbow Division,” of the U.S. Army in 1917 and went off to fight the First World War in France. In a vest pocket-sized […]
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Inventory, animals in the apartment 1 cloudy-eyed black spaniel 1 bowlegged white cat, orange ears 1 black and white kitten, rowdy Uncounted: neons and guppies in the fishtank Inventory, languages you might hear on the streets of Parla, a working-class suburb of Madrid, Spain Castillian (“Spanish”) Arabic Chinese Water for guests In the old times, […]
Yes, two famous numbers are really the same. We have uncovered a stunning numerological proof, and ye shall be the first to know. Firstly, 666 = 6 * 111 (six multiplied by one hundred eleven). Yes. And 111 in binary is 7: 4 + 2 + 1. Are you still with us? Therefore, 666 ≍ […]
Memory traces a map but cannot cross the border into the past. The map is a fiction, an ideological fixture, a pretense of life where life has passed on, the shadow of a land of shadows. To be remembered is to suffer a form of death. To remember one’s past self, suicide.
Romance operates over long distances, like gravity. Romance and gravity ignore intervening obstacles: sex and electromagnetism may be baffled by them.
The operations of digital encoding stretch and fold both media and content. If there’s a horizon between the two, it’s the porous membrane between data and display, not a partition into the meaningful and the meaningless. We should speak about “a media” rather than “a medium”: Inherent plurality drives the digital experience. “New media” gets […]
Craters on Enewetak (formerly Eniwetok) Atoll, in the Marshall Islands (11°33’11.22″N, 162°20’52.71″E). Lacrosse Crater and Runit Dome: features are approx. 400 feet in diameter. Lacrosse (18:25 4 May 1956 GMT) had a 40 kT yield. Cactus (18:15 5 May 1958 GMT), at 18kT, left a crater that was used for dumping waste and then covered […]
You were born old and famous and you will die young and unknown. Trace the edge between age and consequence.
Vicente Huidobro’s poem Altazor, el viaje en paracaidas (Madrid, 1931) can be found here. »Se debe escribir en una lengua que no sea materna. »Los cuatro puntos cardinales son tres: el sur y el norte. »Un poema es una cosa que será. »Un poema es una cosa que nunca es, pero que debiera ser. »Un […]
Last Thursday evening the television brought me news of Dr. Billy Taylor‘s death, at 89 years of age. I remembered my younger self, a 13-year old dazzled by a master musician, privileged to sit down to dinner with him and his trio. My sister says he even played our piano. He was in our home […]