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We Like Lists Because We Don’t Want To Die (repost)

(Update 2/23/2016) I’ve been thinking about the passing  of Umberto Eco last week. His writings were an inspiration. In 2010 I wrote a piece quoting his essay on the nature of lists. It’s effortless for me to connect his discussion on the nature of lists to the act of photography itself. “Umberto Eco says we like lists because we don’t want to die; because it … Continue reading

Freakin’ Weird Book, Man

I found this odd and creepy book on e-bay: The Love Story of Mr. Schles. The little thing seems even older than it’s 1973 date. I had to get it—if only for its title. It is about the founding of the Schlesinger Geriatric Center in Beaumont, Texas. It’s written in the stilted and reverent language of … Continue reading

Valences of Context

I’ve written an essay entitled “Infinite Stupidities.” The title comes directly from this Mark Pagel video found on Edge.org. My essay appears as two guest blog entries for the esteemed and accomplished critic A.D. Coleman on his blog Photocritic International. I guess there’s a little bit to unravel to understand the context of my essay. … Continue reading

we like lists because we don’t want to die

Umberto Eco says “we like lists because we don’t want to die; because it is what we do to bring order and comprehension to a world that touches on the infinite.” Eco says he likes lists “for the same reason other people like football or pedophilia.” To describe something is to make a list. Most early forms … Continue reading