Espresso Book Machine

I saw this on tumblr today:  A new vending machine has been released which can print any book within minutes. The Espresso Book Machine has access to 500,000 different books – the same as 23.6 miles of shelf space – and can even churn out a fresh copy of Crime and Punishment in just nine … Continue reading

In my secret life, I am a fatty

I have a secret dream of being a food reviewer. The past few days, I’ve been obsessed with a food photography/review website called Foodspotter. Basically, people can make profiles, take pictures of the food they eat at various restaurants, and upload them to the site. One can then write what type of food it is … Continue reading

Five-Finger Exercises: Pollicle Dogs and Wopsical Hats

In my reading, I’ve come across T.S. Eliot’s often overlooked “Five-finger Exercises,” a short sequence of poems composed perhaps around 1935-1940 (the exact date escapes me). This is yet another of his poems which hearkens back to musical imagery. Hanon’s Piano Exercises were a much despised way (in my opinion) for a pianist to exercise … Continue reading

Different kind of failure

Page 163, about Eliot’s conversion: “For in poetry, belief need play no part; and, within Eliot’s own work, the structure of orthodox faith and the language or devotion are broken apart in order to make room for something much stranger and more tenuous, like the sound of someone crying in an empty church.” From the … Continue reading

The Collapse

“They had been married for more than 10 years: each of them a disappointment to the other, both of them aware of what they had become in each other’s company.” Page 159, Peter Ackroyd’s “T.S. Eliot: A Life” Part 1 of senior thesis project was to read a biography of T.S. Eliot, and specifically this … Continue reading