Six for Sunday

After reading Moby-Dick for the first time last year, Peter Gorman published a fascinating book called Kaleidoscope Brain that consists of 100 visualizations of Moby-Dick. The graphics, diagrams, and maps were his way of making sense of the iconic American novel. The graphic above depicts every color in the book. The book is available as a free download on Gorman’s Patreon .

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read.” James Baldwin

Over the years, I’ve run across quite a few terrific photos of post-war Italy by the American photojounalist Ruth Orkin. The image above, titled Tired Tourist, Florence, 1951, always struck a chord with me because haven’t we all been that worn out traveler after a long day playing tourist. Well, after a little research, I discovered that the unidentified tourist was actually Orkin’s friend and traveling companion Jinx Allen aka Ninalee Craig the American painter.

Like many folks, I’m ambivilant about staying in Airbnbs. It’s always a roll of the dice regarding the actual state of the accommodations. This currently listed house on Airbnb, Grandpa George’s dairy barn was built near Bay Port, Michigan in 1956. Surprisingly, the owners have created a house-in-a-barn, which features a range of the family’s old farm relics.

The moving video below is by director Robert Bingaman. It is a timely interpretation of a passage from John Donne’s Devotions upon Emergent Occasions, which was written by Donne in 1623 while recovering from a serious illness. The passage is from Meditation XVII and is paired in the video with images of places deserted the pandemic.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

NB: if the video does not appear, please click on the short url at the bottom of the post.

 

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