Reflections on the Creativity of Cartoon Accompaniment

I am enjoying the synchronicity across the various textsI have been consuming for a paper I am writing on thematic music (e.g., comedy music, Chinese music). I am currently reading Daniel Goldmark’s “Tunes for Toons: Music and the Hollywood Cartoon.” I found this book in one of my literature searches for papers on the referential […]

Gleik’s “The Information”: Reflections on Shannon’s contributions to Computer Science

I have been reading Gleik’s new book “The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood” and have been enjoying it very much.  This particular infovore especially enjoys feeding on information about information – technology, language, computers, and so on.  Consequently, Gleik’s book hits all the sweet spots for me. I am about halfway through the […]

Hawthorne’s “Country of the Blind” as Commentary on Scientific Progress

I wrote the following essay for the MOOC Course “Fantasy and Science Fiction: The Human Mind, Our Modern World.” This is a 10 week course in which we read (at least) one novel a week and submit a 270-320 word essay about that week’s readings. This has been an interesting course for me in many […]

Reflections on the Romantics’ Understanding of Life and Death

Hawthorne’s “Artist of the Beautiful” allows interesting reflections about the nature of life and death. In this story, Owen strives to create a clockwork butterfly that is so perfect that it is a “spiritualization of matter” (p. 523).  Unlike other stories of this nature written by Hawthorne and Poe, Owen actually succeeds in this endeavor, […]

Infovore Feeding on Sperm Whales Today

I have been (slowly) reading Moby Dick on my iPhone when I find myself bored or waiting in line for something. Recently, I watched the Encore movie adaptation of Moby Dick (Worth the watch. I recommend it) and was wondering how accurate the movie was in its visual representation of a sperm whale.  I wondered […]