Much has been said about Crumb’s new Genesis comic. I’ll leave that to others to comment on.
Instead, I want to highlight another graphic novel that’s been around for a few years, but which you may not be familiar with. The Jewish Publication Society released JT Waldman’s Megillat (Esther) in January 2006. It is still worth your time to check it out.
A day late. Sorry folks. But I think I may be talking to myself by now. So, since we are at #7, I think I’ll let that be the perfect ending of our little discussion group (for now). I know this was a little ambitious to take on (schedule-wise), so I will re-think another book or topic to do next time.
Current Assignment: For Thursday, October 1 Read: Canon by Intervallic Augmentation and Chapter VI: The Location of Meaning Listen: Bach never multiplied the intervals of a theme by 3 1/3. He did multiply them by -1 in this canon by exact inversion, the Canon Perpetuus from the Musical Offering. An effect of the exact inversion is that the piece has to oscillate constantly between major and minor chords, and technically it can’t end.
The Dialogue: Canon by Intervallic Augmentation
This Dialogue between Achilles and the Tortoise tries to resolve the question, ‘Which contains more information–a record, or the phonograph which plays it?”
(By the way, how many haikus can you find in this dialogue?)
Chapter VI: The Location of Meaning
This chapter discusses how meaning is divided among coded message, decoder, and receiver. Hofstadter gives examples of strands of DNA, ancient tablets containing undeciphered inscriptions, and some unusual phonographs. Continue reading →
A short documentary about Kamkwamba, called Moving Windmills, won several awards last year; Kamkwamba and friends are now working on a full-length film. You can read the ongoing details on his blog (which he keeps with help from his mentor), and support his work and other young inventors at MovingWindmills.org.
What’s up with all these GEB posts? If you missed what we’re doing, read here. Remember, I’m no expert on all this, I’m just helping facilitate. I’m trying to read along with the rest of you!
Current Assignment: For Monday, September 28 Read: Little Harmonic Labyrinth and Chapter V: Recursive Structures and Processes Listen: The Little Harmonic Labyrinth by Johann David Heinichen. Waltz #2 by Billy Joel.
I think the Fall semester has hit most of us and our schedules are slipping away from our control (did we ever really have control??). But, in case someone is still interested in this, I’ll continue to post for a bit more.
When Justin Curry (MIT) taught this course, he quoted the following at this point in the book: This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill -the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill -you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. Morpheus Continue reading →
The illustrations look to be beautifully rendered. But even more than the illustrations, I am looking forward to reading the stories from a fresh point of view.
From the introduction:
My chief aim in writing this book has been to introduce American children to the language and rhythms of the Hebrew Bible.
You can download (PDF file) the introduction here. A sample chapter is also available for download.
But if you want to see more, and especially if you’re interested in reading the Author’s notebook which includes explanations about choices made for the translation (a very worthwhile read!), you can find sample pages of the book on Google Books. Here’s a link to the search I performed. You can also follow the link on the JPS page to another Google Preview.