Monthly Archives: February 2011

On (the persistence of) memory

 When my mother died, I was very young,

And my father sold me while yet my tongue

Could scarcely cry ‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep! ‘weep!’ 

So your chimneys I sweep, and in soot I sleep.

I love you Mr William Blake,

Now I know why I remember China so dark –

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A word a day (1)

Word I learned today: Orchidaceous. Means “like an orchid”. The word can imply “ostentatious” or even “gaudy”. Orchids constitute the largest family of flowering plants there is. However, almost each variety of this weird family can only be pollinated by a specific insect or bird, making it highly dependent for survival. (Orchidaceous sneer at Darwin?) Orchid species simply lure pollinators into “pseudocopulation” with bright colours and sweet scents that not only –falsely — promise food but also reproduction. The word “orchid” derives directly from the Greek “orkhis” which means testicle. Orchids were used in ancient and medieval times as aphrodisiacs. (Painting by Georgia O’Keefe)

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In memoriam

“Work like a slave; command like a king; create like a god.”  ~Brancusi (19 Feb. 1876 – 16 March 1957)

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