Saturday Links, 20 April 2013
So this has been a week. On Monday two bombs went off at the Boston Marathon. That night, one of MIT’s buildings went red, white, and blue in response.
The news this morning is that, having shut Boston down entirely for close to 24 hours, the Boston PD captured the second suspect. All in all, a pretty bleak set of days. This Mr. Rogers meme ran around a great deal in the first hours:
And so I’m putting up this next link, a short Storify piece from the Skokie Public Library – not because it has anything to do with Boston, but because it’s somebody spontaneously deciding to be nice and generous to someone else. Which is better than simply being “decent” or “tolerant,” and I think we could do with a lot more being nice and generous to one another. A cup of coffee in Skokie.
Next, a couple of pictures of abandonment. Would you say that these place are lonely? Or that the earth is joyous to have reclaimed its habitat? I guess what I’m asking is whether or not you side with the architecture or the nature. Thirty Abandoned Places.
Whimsy. Dr.FaustusAU at deviantART has re-written H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulu-novel The Tomb as a children’s book in the style of Dr. Seuss. Pretty marvelous. Click on the picture to take you to his cover page for the work – beneath it are navigation links that will take you through the manuscript one page at a time. Now you, too, can inculcate your child in Cthulu at a tender age!
More beauty – Curious History (which looks like a great Tumblr) has a posting on lenticular clouds, which you should definitely check out.
Lastly, I want to return to Boston and a New Yorker article detailing the rather amazing work carried out by the hospitals around the city – with an eye to why they were quite so amazing: here.
It’s good to remember how many good people are out there, how much beauty exists, how much whimsy – and not let ourselves be scared. Whether by terrorists or by our own media, who substitute fear-mongering for informative coverage and investigative journalism.