Thursday, April 29, 2010


is in the house!

For real.

And if you want to check out some serious shit, read his dissertation. I'm already assigning it to grad students.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Note to NYC Subway/MTA

Instead of pretending to operate 24 hrs a day, why don't you close at midnight (which is what effectively happens much of the time anyway) and fix the tracks then? As it is, the tracks are in shitty shape (as evidenced by how bumpy they are) and you end up being closed during the daytime on weekends, which is seriously inconvenient.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Bazin's Metaphors for Photography

In "The Ontology of the Photographic Image", André Bazin introduces a number of different metaphors for understanding what a photographic image is like:

1. mummy
2. sarcophagus
3. terra cotta statuette of a dead person
4. arrow-pierced clay bear
5. oil portrait of royalty
6. flower
7. snowflake
8. Holy Shroud of Turin
9. decal
10. transfer
11. fingerprint
12. hallucination that is also a fact
13. insect trapped in amber

At the very least, you've got to give him props for coming up with so many different metaphors in a nine page essay.