MIT releases their Open Access White Paper.

Dana Johnson designed this brilliant cover art for my book. I absolutely love the subtlety. Unfortunately, the publisher had to go in another direction, but I still hope this will find its way out there.

In order to create a pop band, the whole apparatus of civilization must be up and running and tapping its toe to the beat. Electricity, poetry, mathematics, sound amplification, textiles, arena architecture, efficient mimetic exchange, dramaturgy, industry, marketing, the bureaucratic classes, cultural critics, audiovisual transmission, special effects, music theory, symbology, metaphor, transportation, banking, enough leisure and excess calories to do anything beyond hunt, all of it, everything.

In Catherynne M. Valente’s Space Opera, the author makes an enticing argument for the pop band as the demarcation of an advanced sentient civilization.

NPR Tiny Desk Concert of incredible young classical musicians at From the Top

A very nice friend who works in the tech world recently said to me, “If careers in the humanities die out, how will people learn empathy?”

The question sticks with me, not because I disagree with it, but at the same time I feel a bristle. When we read Shakespeare, do we grow our capacity for empathy? Is empathy really the responsibility of the humanities? It seems like something for maths, 1+1=2 and all that. Or shouldn’t we be decent caring people regardless of our education?

What’s Going On In Your Child’s Brain When You Read Them A Story? >“We went into it with an idea in mind of what brain networks were likely to be influenced by the story,” Hutton explains. One was language. One was visual perception. The third is called visual imagery. The fourth was the default mode network, which Hutton calls, “the seat of the soul, internal reflection — how something matters to you.”

GRETIL - Göttingen Register of Electronic Texts in Indian Languages

Now running Dialog on my Google phone. Such a well-designed way to access Micro.blog on Android. Thanks to @mikedotfm for making this app!

writing aloud is not phonological but phonetic; its aim is not the clairty of messages, the theater of emotions; what it searches for (in a perspective of bliss) are the pulsional incidents, the language lined with flesh, a text where we can hear the grain of a throat…

Roland Barthes The Pleasure of the Text

Janelle Monáe - Dirty Computer - Emotion Picture