Artwork: The Sense of Sight (Detail), by Annie Louisa Swynnerton.
dir. D.W. Griffith
1916 silent film
A graduate student has created the first man-made biological leaf. It absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen just like a plant. He did this by suspending chloroplasts in a mixture made out of silk protein. He believed it can be used for many things but the most striking one is the thought that it could be used for long distance space travel. Plants do not grow in space, but this synthetic material can be used to produce oxygen in a hostile environment. (Video)
Roland Barthes (1915-1980)
Essay: Leaving The Movie Theater
Rilke and Lou Andreas-Salome on the balcony of the summer house of the Andreas near Munich, 1897.
Left to right: Professor Andreas, August Endell, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Lou Andreas-Salome
Su Tung P’o or Su Shi (1037-1101)
Chinese writer and poet from the Sung Dynasty
Tu Fu (712 AD - 770 AD)
Chinese poet from the T’ang Dynasty
La Vie et la Mort
09 08 2014
Rest in peace, Douglas Mulaire, my favorite teacher, one greatly loved