1. An end of books
I’m one of those Luddites who has yet to cave and buy an e-reader, as those who helped us move boxes of belongings (in Arizona summer heat, no less) to our new house can readily attest. So any talk about books going the way of the buffalo makes me sad. But I wonder whether Seth Godin (@ThisIsSethsBlog) is right here:
Books, those bound paper documents, are part of an ecosystem, one that was perfect, and one that is dying, quickly. Ideas aren’t going away soon, and neither are words. But, as the ecosystem dies, not only will the prevailing corporate systems around the paper book wither, but many of the treasured elements of its consumption will disappear as well.
2. Leave the edges wild
An interview with Karin Bergquist (@KarinBergquist) and Linford Detweiler (@linfordjerome) who together comprise the magical folk/jazz/blues/etc duo Over The Rhine. The songs on their new album take their cues from the Ohio farm where they live:
Karin and I have lived out here at Nowhere Farm now for over eight years. Sometimes when the fog rolls in real close and hushes everything, we would whisper that it felt like we were living on a little farm at the edge of the world. We also realized when we moved out here that we didn’t know the names of much of anything – the birds, the trees, the wildflowers, the weeds. My father loved this place and was always a bit of a birdwatcher. And he knew his trees too, and helped us find names for some of what was surrounding us. When my father passed away, and was no longer around to do the naming for us, we began the work of learning for ourselves. Once we started calling things by name, they began appearing in our songs.
3. Cardboard cathedral
When a devastating earthquake hit Christchurch, New Zealand in 2011, 185 people were killed, and one of the city’s most iconic landmarks – a Gothic cathedral from the 1800s – was destroyed. The much-anticipated Transitional Cathedral, from Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, is now open. It’s made of cardboard tubes, and is designed to be in place for 50 years. Ban hopes for a longer lifespan, though: “Even a building made of cardboard can be permanent if people love it.”
Churches, houses, monasteries, orphanages, schools and businesses belonging to Copts were attacked in nine provinces “causing panic, losses and destruction for no reason and no crimes they committed except being Christians,” the Maspero Youth Union, a Coptic activist group, said Thursday. As if sensing trouble, just two days before Wednesday’s violence, Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II called on all Egyptians to prevent bloodshed. “With all compassion I urge everyone to conserve Egyptian blood and ask of every Egyptian to commit to self-restraint and avoid recklessness and assault on any person or property,” Tawadros wrote on his official Twitter account Monday.
[Image: Transitional Cathedral by Jocelyn Kinghorn via Gizmodo]