Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Poetry in spam

As spam detection for blogs gets more sophisticated, some companies have taken to employing individuals to write realistic looking comments on blog postings, with a link to their business, embedded in it somewhere. I spend more time deleting spam than writing postings. But a spam comment cropped up this week which I feel qualifies as 'found poetry'. The formatting is mine, but the words are attributable to one Rizwan Ali, whom I hope is earning a living wage (or should that be 'learning a waving age') from the essay mill that employs him. I particularly like the 'endearing play' (which Wit undoubtedly is).

Medical conference mash-up

The conference will be supported by a rumor
at the British Museum in the fields
of the humanities and medicine, which explore
representations of, and the American TV
drama based on the Pulitzer Prize-endearing play
by Margaret Edson,
directed by Nike Nichols and
the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Medical Deanery.

It takes part over two living –
Saturday and Sunday 2nd-3rd July 2011.
Refreshmeents and lunches are welcome.

The conference is the answer
of three speakers are provided,
and there will be followed
in the daylight
by an exhibition, which will contain
books, tune, and visual art,
which explore any feature of
narrative, and
in relative to

illness and sorrow.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Sew intriguing

The artist Andrea Dezsö's artworks are just gorgeous. You can see more of her work here. The series of embroided 'homilies' from the series 'Lessons from my mother' are hard hitting.

Doctors in literature

Thanks to my friend Anna Nyberg for pointing out this wonderful page of 'The Doctor is in... Literature' titles on AbeBooks. I've only read one of the 'Evil doctors' books (Jekyll and Hyde), but I have read all but two of the 'Good doctors' books. I guess that makes me an optimist.

It takes an embryologist...

Fascinating article on CultureLab about how an embryologist has identified the symbols on Danaë's cloak in Klimt's iconic painting as blastocysts -- early embryo forms. The symbolism is apt as the legend of Danaë has it that she was locked away from men by her father, but Zeus disguised himself as a river of golden coins, thus managing to impregnate her. Scott Gilbert, who proferred the new interpretation, found that Klimt often attended gatherings in Vienna, to which an eclectic mix of artists and scientists was invited. More details here.