The Twenty Days of Turin. I ordered this the other day, although I’m barely reading any fiction these past few months. The memory of this novel is drifting back, appearing on one of those lists of books that deserve reprinting and/or translation. The more is revealed about it, the more exciting it could be. Giorgio De Maria being a friend of Umberto Eco and Italo Calvino adds another dimension of interest. Reviews namechecked Borges, Poe, and Lovecraft, but this one connects Pynchon too.
The Disgraceful Lowlands of Writing. Review of a new three volume Kafka biography by Reiner Stach.
Last night I was idly clicking through Wikipedia as I was covering breaks. (There’s extremely limited access to the internet at work.) In wandering through the Twitter entry, it crystallized how my use of the platform pushed me further left. OWS did a lot, but it feels that I underestimated how the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson pushed me into recognizing truths I already knew, but kept pushed back. I owe Black Lives Matter far, far more than I understood and I never actually followed the founders of the movement.1 The crawl from Ferguson into 2015 soaked me into better consciousness of the militarized police state, working exactly as designed, to the benefit of capital.2
Baltic hunter-gatherers began farming without influence of migration, ancient DNA suggests. No hint of an influx of agriculturists from the Levant and Anatolia. The technology seems acquired by trade.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer Falsely Accuses Iran of Attacking U.S. Navy Vessel, an Act of War. Forging documents that Iraq was seeking to acquire yellowcake uranium seems so quaint and polite now.
This Dwarf Planet’s Freaky Ice Volcano Might Not Be Alone After All. Ceres. Ahuna Mons. Of course it isn’t.
Sonic Boom. New Orleans music magazine. A couple of my friends are in the stoner metal band Shadow Giant and now Brad Orgeron of the Backstabbers (the early punk band of New Orleans) is a friend of a friend. Not read. Back to this later.
American institutions won’t keep us safe from Donald Trump’s excesses. Corey Robin says the worst America has offered through history didn’t come from any particular tyrant, but from the system itself. Because Trump and Bannon aren’t using the system properly, they’re not going to be as effective in their despotism. That’s… optimistic.
Looking forward to see what’s actually going on with this feature in eastern Antarctica. It’s not worth linking any site that’s speculating, as all I can find is outlandish bullshit. Nonetheless, it’s still cool. It’s about 400 feet across and was spotted in satellite imagery.
Eric Dolphy. Filmed in Belgium on April 19 1964..
UFOs sighted at the U.S. and Mexico border at Tijuana. Drones? Earthquake lights? The date of the sighting seems to be January 26th, 2017, but the details are very sketchy. The video itself seems straightforward enough.
Large Neolithic site discovered in NW China. Swiping this one, as these tend to disappear:
XI’AN, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) — Archaeologists have discovered a large Neolithic ruin dating back more than 5,000 years in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.
The site, covering over one million square meters, was found in Yulin City following a six-month excavation, according to the provincial archaeology institute.
Dwellings and ditches made between 3000 B.C. and 1000 B.C. have been discovered in seven sites.
The ruin is identified as belonging to the late Yangshao Culture period and the early Longshan Culture period of the Neolithic Age.
The Yangshao Culture originated on the middle reaches of the Yellow River and is considered an important part of Chinese civilization.
Shaanxi has 2,040 ruins of the Yangshao Culture, accounting for 40 percent of the country’s total.