Max Zorn: Using the Familiar in Astonishing Ways

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“I wanted to use street lamps as an urban gallery and I wanted to use the darkness as the setting around my artwork.” That quote (and image) come from one Max Zorn. Max is an artist; a street artist from Amsterdam, in fact. And his medium is brown packing tape. The material I use is brown packing [Read More...]

SSF: “My Mum is an Airplane”

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Well, isn’t this just as charming as all get-out?  A young boy imagines his mother to be an airplane who travels to exotic lands. Attribution(s): All artwork, publicity images, and stills are the property of Yulia Aronova, who made this work available via a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0) license. [Read more...]

Ol’ Man Willow’s Got a Brand New Coat

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So, it didn’t exactly snow last night. But I’m not sure it rimed, either. Or hoarfrosted, because there wasn’t much in the way of ice. It was more like feathering. But whatever it did, it was gorgeous. Attribution(s): Me. [Read more...]

GUEST POST: Being Charlie Hebdo

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Taking a moment from my website restructure to share a friend’s thoughts on the recent tragedy in Paris. (We’ll call this friend “Mrs. Joe.”) Before yesterday, I had never heard of Charlie Hebdo.  Would that that were still true. My first exposure to it, coming almost simultaneously with the news of the massacre at its offices, was [Read More...]

Pardon My Dust

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Today, stumbling about in a Christmas-induced haze, I have come to the shocking realization that I’ve been blogging for a little more than two years here at Summa This, Summa That. Yep, that’s right. Two+ at The Ol’ ST,ST —  aka, pretty much longer than I’ve focused on any one thing in my entire life. Wow. Time really [Read More...]

“For unto us a child is born”

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For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulder; and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Attribution(s): “The Adoration of the Shepherds” by Giovanni Lanfranco; image provided by Bridgeman Images and licensed [Read More...]

Tis’ the Season. The Beecham Season.

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As Christmas draws nigh, my thoughts turn (unsurprisingly) to that piece of classical music NPR DJ-extraordinaire Jim Svejda (whose mellifluous tones and not-entirely-categorizeable accent were a near-constant presence on my youthful ears) considers nearly as essential to Christmas as The Man Himself. And to the recording of that particular piece he considers nearly as essential: If [Read More...]

SVS: “White Christmas”

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PHIL DAVIS: I don’t know what he’s up to, but he’s got that Rodgers and Hammerstein look again. BETTY HAYNES: Is that bad? PHIL DAVIS: Not bad, but always expensive. So, I realize that recommending the following film is sort of like taking candy from a baby… …but I’ve never had a problem with taking [Read More...]

Parked By the Jukebox with Luluc’s “Passerby”

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From Sub Pop Records, the label behind the album currently streaming through my headphones: Luluc’s “Passerby.” In a world where instant gratification is the norm, patience has become a rare commodity. But for Zoë Randell and Steve Hassett, who make up indie-folk duo Luluc (pronounced Loo-LUKE), letting things unfold in due time not only defines their career trajectory, [Read More...]

Quote of the Day, Courtesy of the Legendary Isaac Asimov (or Is It Actually “The Legendary Alan Alda?”)

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In honor of the recent publication of a 55-year-old lost-then-found essay on creativity from the legendary Isaac Asimov, here’s a thought that’s been floating around in my head for a few months now — a thought that I find particularly relevant in this increasingly siloized InterWeb World in which we live. Your assumptions are your windows [Read More...]


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