WRTSHP : PASSAGE
WRTSHP is back for our final meeting of 2012 on 12-12-12!
Come spend your last night on earth with us at Barsa while we talk and write our way through tapas and a bottle or two of wine (optional, of course).
Things that will be discussed on this momentous occassion:
1. Social rites
2. The doomsday clock
3. Physical vs. Experiential travel
4. Passages (duh)
As always expect lively discourse, writing calisthenics and mental boardgames. All you need to bring is a pen, a pad, and your brain.
I’ve missed your smiling faces. Hope to see you then!
Place: Barsa in downtown Charleston at the intersection of King and Line streets
This vending machine is great for book lovers who can’t decide on their next read. Built by Craig Small for antiquarian bookshop The Monkey’s Paw in Toronto, the Biblio-Mat gives you a random old book when you insert $2. Sporting the claim of 112 million titles and no two alike, the Biblio-Mat offers customers a literary surprise that can vary widely in size and subject matter.
The sound of an old telephone bell and a clunk signal that the mystery book has been dispensed. The machine was created as a fun alternative to a bargain bin where customers can dig through discounted books. You can check it out in the video above.
“The first time I lay actual eyes on the real David Lynch on the set of his movie, he’s peeing on a tree. This is on 8 January in L.A.’s Griffith Park, where some of Lost Highway’s exteriors and driving scenes are being shot. He is standing in the bristly underbrush off the dirt road between the base camp’s trailers and the set, peeing on a stunted pine. Mr. David Lynch, a prodigious coffee drinker, apparently pees hard and often, and neither he nor the production can afford the time it’d take to run down the base camp’s long line of trailers to the trailer where the bathrooms are every time he needs to pee. So my first (and generally representative) sight of Lynch is from the back, and (understandably) from a distance. Lost Highway’s cast and crew pretty much ignore Lynch’s urinating in public, (though I never did see anybody else relieving themselves on the set again, Lynch really was exponentially busier than everybody else.) and they ignore it in a relaxed rather than a tense or uncomfortable way, sort of the way you’d ignore a child’s alfresco peeing.”
Read the rest here.
Happy Birthday Moby-Dick, today you’re 161 years old. That’s like 3 million in whale years.
I got a few “I’m on a Boat” submissions, so I thought I’d post all the books that could use that re-title. Are there others I forgot???
Special thanks to Tim Muldoon and Mike Mackler.
“This study adds to the growing evidence that belief and disbelief are not governed by balanced cognitive processes. Belief is first, easy, inexorable with comprehension of any cognition, and substantiated by representations in the post-rolandic cortex. Disbelief is retroactive, difficult, vulnerable to disruption, and mediated by the vmPFC. This asymmetry in the process of belief and doubt suggests that false doctrines in the ‘marketplace of ideas’ may not be as benign as is often assumed. Indeed, normal individuals are prone to misleading information, propaganda, fraud, and deception, especially in situations where their cognitive resources are depleted. In our theory, the more effortful process of disbelief (to items initially believed) is mediated by the vmPFC; which, in old age, tends to disproportionally lose structural integrity and associated functionality. Thus, we suggest that vulnerability to misleading information, outright deception, and fraud in older persons is the specific result of a deficit in the doubt process which is mediated by the vmPFC.”
the Fiji Mermaid,
and the amazing Uri Geller…
This WRTSHP come join us as we delve into the world of the hoax, the flim-flam man, the huckster and the scam artist. We’ll discuss Luc Sante’s “Low Life - Lures & Snares of Old New York.” We’ll confess to having had the wool pulled over our own eyes. And yes, we’ll plan the world’s first fool-proof (or fool-proofed) hustle.
Bring a friend. Bring a stranger. Bring your mother. All are welcome!
Hope to see you at Barsa next Wednesday, October 10th, from 5:30-8:30pm.
From Utopias are birthed Distopias.
This WRTSHP we will discuss the end times, as well as the beginning times… which then lead to the end times once more and back again.
Click on the pic for info on the infamous Jonestown Massacre of 1978. Be happy you live here and now. Look at your neighbor with new found suspicion.