F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Crack-Up” (1936)
"There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach..."
- Terry Pratchett (via amandaonwriting)
This recent post on Boing-boing wondered about something they’d seen in 2008:
Vanessa Mancini’s project to build a functional sculpture: a bathtub made from deconstructed books fitted together and then sealed so that one could “bathe in knowledge.” It’s a beautiful artifact, though I can’t find any evidence that it was ever finished.
The artist said, back then,
The idea is of immersing oneself in knowledge, books, truths, and ‘cleaning’ or ‘purifying’ one’s mind with from external, every day life bombarding from media, by reading ad reflecting on books…
This week’s word had me searching for poetry about food. I’d been playing around with another Turkish Map Fold variation, suggested by Jeannine’s comment that she “start(s) with 2 straight folds (horizontal and vertical) and only one diagonal.” Starting with a square piece of paper, this fold produces another, smaller square. I glued 4 of them to a backing sheet, and liked the way it opened — see the model below.
I liked that opening up one of the quadrants could reveal a surprise and also that the unfolded structure is very map-like. To go along with this week’s word, I thought I’d put some sort of food on the outside (maybe chocolates?), and the filling would be revealed by opening the folds underneath. So I spent way too much time trying to find a poem about chocolates or candy, and then trying to write one myself (a lost cause!). Then I found this poem from Shel Silverstein’s book Every Thing On It, and knew what to do…
Oh, how I love Italian food.
I eat it all the time,
Not just ’cause how good it tastes
But ’cause how good it rhymes.
Insalata, cremolata, manicotti,
Shrimp francese, Bolognese,
Fried zucchini, rollatini,
Fettuccine, green linguine,
Oops—I think I split my jeani.
Here’s the back and front of the book I made:
There was a problem though. When the book is open, turning it over shows that the panels are slightly scrambled. So the content needs more work. Here’s the back…
Next word: flexuous, adj; Full of bends or curves; sinuous.