One of my photos made Laughing Squid, then reddit.com. Funny–I just snapped it, not bothering to frame it artistically or anything. Shows how amazing the artwork really is, or at least how much it resonates with a certain internet-oriented audience. It’s over 16k hits now.
I’ve been doing a quick re-read of Barthes for one of my field statements. The classic, Mythologies–it’s comfy and makes me happy. For some reason theory always makes me smile and feel proud of the author. Like a “aw, yeah, ya done good on ya” sort of emotion. It’s not patronizing, it’s just happy–happy that the person wrote it and happy that I can read it. I can very nearly attain the same sort of feeling with well-written short stories–I’m completely ruined for most modern fiction, unfortunately. And I abuse m-dashes. tsk.
Anyway, It reminded me about the caveman shag paper I really want to write someday.
“What then is associated with these insistent shaggy haircuts? Quite simply the label of caveman-ness. We therefore see here the mainspring of the Spectacle – the sign – operating in the open. The shag overwhelms one with evidence, no one can doubt that he is in ancient times.”
My other reading today was about the Anza trail for my Presidio gig. Reading about Heizer (academic genealogy – Kroeber -> Heizer -> Hester -> Me (sort of)) checking out de Anza’s skull and pretty pretty clothes was fun, but it would have been better to run my own fingers across his Spanish jawline as I lifted him out of his coffin.