Picturing Prufrock

Julian Peters creates comic-book adaptations of poetry, with subjects ranging from Keats to Poe to Rimbaud. His latest is T.S. Eliot’s classic, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” In an interview, Peters explains why he chose it: First off, because it is one of my very favourite poems. The language is incredibly beautiful, of course, and … Continue reading Picturing Prufrock

Belated Justice For Turing

Alan Turing, the great British mathematician who cracked Nazi codes and later killed himself after the government chemically castrated him for being gay, received a posthumous royal pardon last week, 61 years after his conviction (NYT). Peter Tatchell wants the pardon extended to everyone convicted under the “gross indecency” law, which remained on the books until 2003: … Continue reading Belated Justice For Turing

Capturing America’s Conflicts

In honor of Veterans Day, the Washington Post has created Portraits of War, a portfolio of some of the greatest war photography of the last 150 years. Among the ten featured photographers is Mathew Brady: Brady remains the single most famous photographer of the Civil War. His name came to overshadow those of other photographers, … Continue reading Capturing America’s Conflicts

Capturing The World’s Brutality

Fisher passes along the above interview with war photographer Goran Tomasevic: Tomasevic, who is Serbian, began working for Reuters in 1996, covering political instability in his native Belgrade. He has since become one of the best-known war photographers currently working. If you’re in the Washington, D.C., area, you can see some of his photos at … Continue reading Capturing The World’s Brutality

Capturing Egypt’s Killings

by Patrick Appel @kristenchick @SameralAtrush pic.twitter.com/OZKKp7DNAr — Mosa’ab Elshamy (@mosaaberizing) August 19, 2013 Max Fisher has an interview with Egyptian photographer Mosa’ab Elshamy. He reflects on “how significant events really end up taking seconds”: As a photographer you always have to keep the shutter on — we call it the burst mode. I have full sequences, and … Continue reading Capturing Egypt’s Killings

Capturing Closeness

Alison Barker muses on The Art of Intimacy, Stacey D’Arasmo’s treatise on intimacy’s successful portrayal in literature and art: [U]nexamined assumptions about something as powerful as intimacy make for stories that are full of stereotypes and stereotypical behavior. This is depressing. And it’s not art. By continually rearticulating how she conceives the different types of … Continue reading Capturing Closeness

Capturing The Best Moment Of Your Life

Two days ago, Richard Deitsch wondered aloud how many of his Twitter followers have photos of their happiest moment ever. Megan Garber observes that the outpouring of responses is a testament “not only to Twitter’s power as a platform for sharing, but also to cameras’ increasing ubiquity in our lives”: We may plan to take pictures at weddings, … Continue reading Capturing The Best Moment Of Your Life

Capturing Confessionals

For her series Reconciliation, Billie Mandle photographs American confessional boxes: These photographs were made in confessionals, the small rooms found in Catholic churches where people confess their sins. Almost all religions have theologies of repentance; the confessional is unusual because it acts as a physical manifestation of an abstract idea. … I was raised Catholic … Continue reading Capturing Confessionals

Capturing Carbon In The Wild

Lawrence Krauss wants more research into extracting existing CO2 from the atmosphere as a way to address climate change. He notes that, unlike other forms of geoengineering, “direct air capture would treat the disease, not merely the symptoms”: First, one removes CO2 from the air by using a sorbent, which is a material that can absorb gasses. Next, the … Continue reading Capturing Carbon In The Wild

The Turing Tetris

Computer scientist Thomas Murphy has designed an artificial intelligence, PlayFun, that can figure its way through videogames by relentlessly testing strategies that lead to high scores. Gary Marcus explains further: The program proceeds by automating trial and error. It records everything in the Nintendo’s memory, and correlates every simulated press of a joystick with particular … Continue reading The Turing Tetris