Sometimes It Snows in April
On Our Children and Their Dormitory Lives
by C. Bomstein
by Prof. Ethan P. Quest
Preliminary Notes // The Architecture of Experience
And a horse:
Things that aren’t quite scholarly or literary. Like gender neutral pronouns.
Thirteen One Is Not A Number
A video rendering of an fMRI scan of my brain, taken during a linguistics study about the relationship between words and sounds, or between the sounds of words and the sounds of things that are not quite recognizable as words; a study about how the brain processes the sounds of words as words. Accompanied by a small child making statements about numbers, or the relationship between numbers and words that sound like numbers. And a song about crescendos and repetition, or the layering of looped guitar riffs.
Here is the video (it might not work in Firefox).
Here are the words/non-words from the FMRI study.
— K. Adams
A Classic Introduction to Pornography
When I was twelve years old I traveled to Italy with my family for the first time. I brought a sketchbook and spent one productive hour drawing Michelangelo’s David in Florence. I was very proud of the proportions that I had achieved and the delicacy of my pencil lines, but I could not bring myself to draw his penis. While I was visiting my parents this summer, I reopened the sketchbook from this trip and looked at the drawing once again. I decided that it was a precocious drawing by a twelve year old and I sympathized with my younger self for leaving out the penis. I also recalled walking through the papal palace on the same visit and my discovery that many of the naked male sculptures’ appendages had fig leaves placed over them because a certain pope had found them indecorous during the Counter Reformation. Looking at the sketch, I vividly remembered not only the cool stone that I sat on while I drew, but also my uncomfortable sense that by drawing the penis I would somehow experience – and gain knowledge of – an as yet unrecognized form of titillation.
one more penis just for fun
— courtesy of A.M.
A Fashionable Sketch
by way of a submission on penises, may I offer a doodle I discovered in one of my undergrad notebooks? It contains a v. lame cartoon about Cambridge homosexuals of about the time of Siegfried Sassoon. (I’m retroactively assigning a date based on the hazily-defined fashions of the women in my doodle: clearly I knew nothing about clothes.