"Like the study of science and art, accounts of historical events can be intrinsically fascinating. But they have a wider significance. I believe that people are better able to chart their life course and make life decisions when they know how others have dealt with pressures and dilemmas---historically, contemporaneously, and in works of art. And only equipped with such understanding can we participate knowledgeably in contemporary discussions (and decisions) about the culpability of various individuals and countries in the Second World War. Only with such understanding can we ponder the responsibilty of human beings everywhere to counter current efforts at genocide in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia to bring the perpetrators to justice."
"...we humans are the kinds of animals who learn chiefly by observing others---what they value, what they spurn, how they conduct themselves from day to day, and especially, what they do when they believe that no one is looking."
----Howard Gardner, from The Disciplined Mind, published in 1999

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Is It Only a Paper Moon?; or, Black and White Becomes You


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Trip_to_the_Moon
I'm in love.
With a book.
With these initial pages, I was abjectly delighted, and totally, completely-swooning in love.
You can find out more about the book here.

And the fact that the author cites the glorious Le Voyage dans la lune as something that informed some aspects of the book makes me incredibly happy. It is that strange, ethereal, stop-motion-so-fast-image of that space-ship, that moon, that is one of the first visuals I ever remember being aware of seeing. I do not know in what context I saw it, only that I remember it: and in some fashion, that wavering, silvery surreal image has been informing my sensibilites ever since.

And while toodling on the site about the book linked above, I found that the author was also an enthusiast of Edison...well, I will let you discover your own happy thoughts should you go there, dear reader.
I will leave you with another link, and this one is especially for my paper-folding pals.
And how 'bout if we made this one for Swampy?
This one I've chosen for myself preparing to do the Ego-Eradicator posture in a certain kundalini kriya...or wait, how about this one: I'm just pretending that the caveman is a giant gulab jamun.
It's a beautiful, brilliant moon out tonight: same as it ever was.
I'll take my beauty when I find it, be it past or present.
I wish the same for you.

And if you can't see the moon from where you are, please click here.
(Just like a riff on a koan---we've avoided the middle-man!)
(or finger, pointing)

4 comments:

min said...

Flying pigs! How cool is that? That witchy thing is way too good for Swampy, let's get it for me instead!

I have lots of neckties said...

Wow! That paper animation site is great! I've never seen anything like that before. For the longest time I thought this site was the coolest paper site on the web. I may have to switch my allegiance!

Now that I thing of it, origami provided my first exposure to being in front of a group of elementary-school students. My daughter's third-grade teacher invited me to give an origami lesson and demonstration in her classroom. I also brought some origami books and about 30 models I had folded. It was all great fun!

Hey, once again, thanks for posting something that generated another wonderful memory for me!

The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

Neroli, It's a Barnum and Bailey world!! I love that Melies film - I always show (parts of) it to my film students!

You should see some of the beautiful sculptures and kusudama that mindy does!! She does deserve the witchy thing!

neroli said...

Min, flying pigs *are* way cool! I'm tempted by the site's "big ideas"-type book that instructs one on the varying mechanisms and how they are accomplished.
Those flying monkeys in "Oz" used to scare the bejeebers out of me---now I think one as a paper automaton would be really fun!

Lots Of, I'm glad you liked the site. Your site is really cool, too---if I had to vote, I'd go for the animated paper---it fits in with my antique valentine obsession: some of those oldies but goodies were so elaborate on so many levels.
Memories are great to have, that's for sure---always glad that you enjoy your time here!

Artist, now I get to repeat you---of *course* you love that film!
I'm thinking that we need to have a virtual-paper-show.
Witchy things all around, to all my friends!
Min, you can have the witch and the pig! (I'm still chuckling over the logic goats)