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More Lists to add to over time. Reaching back into memory to find the books I remember most from childhood.... What are yours? see more )
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beginning archive and to read lists (updated)

Reading now 2016:
Ending the War Metaphor: The Changing Agenda for Unraveling the Host-Microbe Relationship
Cooperation Among Animals (with Human Implications)
One River: Explorations and Discoveries in the Amazon Rainforest
The Outermost House
Sag Harbor: An American Beauty
Reality is Broken
Eco-Mind
rereading: The Medusa and the Snail


Recently read:
2015:
Smarter Than You Think
Guardian of All Things
What a Plant Knows
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Eating Animals
The Naked Future
Secret Chambers: The inside story of cells and complex life by Martin Brasier
Missing Microbes:How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues by Dr. Martin J Blaser
An Epidemid of Absence:A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases by Moises Velasquez-Manoff
Lynn Margulis: A Scientific Rebel


2014:
A Sand County Almanac
Honor Thy Symbionts
Empire of the Beetle
Survival of the Sickest
The One-Straw Revolution
Rambunctious Garden
Thrivability
Women of Courage: Stories from Afghanistan

2013:
Cotton: A Revolutionary Fiber
Chimeras and Consciousness
Weeds: Nature's most unloved plants
Riddled With Life
Everyday Dress 1650-1900 (library)
A History of Fashion and Costume (library)
Textiles: The Whole Story (library)
A Natural History of Termites (library)
Chemical Communication
Musicophilia- Oliver Sacks
My Stroke of Insight- neurologist


To Read:
Evolution by James Alan Shapiro
An Uncommon Ground: Seasons on an Organic Farm by Scott Chaskey
Silent Spring
The Empathetic Civilization
When I Was Puerto Rican (again)
Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua Foer
(Moonwalking with Einstein follows Joshua Foer's compelling journey as a participant in the U.S. Memory Championship. As a science journalist covering the competition, Foer became captivated by the secrets of the competitors, like how the current world memory champion, Ben Pridmore, could memorize the exact order of 1,528 digits in an hour. He met with individuals whose memories are truly unique—from one man whose memory only extends back to his most recent thought, to another who can memorize complex mathematical formulas without knowing any math. Brains remember visual imagery but have a harder time with other information, like lists, and so with the help of experts, Foer learned how to transform the kinds of memories he forgot into the kind his brain remembered naturally. The techniques he mastered made it easier to remember information, and Foer's story demonstrates that the tricks of the masters are accessible to anyone. )
The Great Frustration by Seth Fried
The 11 stories in Fried's debut have the vigor of adventures, taking place in settings as disparate as Spain in the time of the conquistadors, a king's harem, a city under siege, various scientific setups, and--in the case of the title story--the Garden of Eden. Such an imagination is refreshing, but even more rewarding is that the stories don't rely solely on concept or conceit, and trudge forward into the lovely mess of strong characters wedged into dramatic circumstance. The scientists in "Those of Us in Plaid" have a simple, though not easy, objective involving an obstinate monkey and a space capsule. Science is clearly one of Fried's major interests: "Loeka Discovered" follows a team of researchers reconstructing ancient history from bits of bone and other artifacts. The lengthy "Animalcula: A Young Scientist's Guide to New Creatures" offers 15 scholarly descriptions of minuscule fauna, creating a fictional microcosm and illuminating it with the surprisingly poetic inner life of the scientist studying his subjects. While Fried's stories run to the historical or technical, there's a strain of absurdism in his prose that combines pathos, unease, and dark humor to add depth and give these stories a sense of modernity and relevance.

unfinished?
SuperCooperators by Martin A. Nowak
Garbageland
Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo by Sean B. Carroll



2012:
The Wildlife of Our Bodies:Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today- Rob Dunn

2011:
Global Girlfriends: How One Mom Made It Her Business to Help Women in Poverty Worldwide- by Stacey Edgar ( http://www.amazon.com/Global-Girlfriends-Business-Poverty-Worldwide/dp/0312621736/ref=reg_hu-rd_add_1_dp)
Las Mamis (again)- various/compilation
Wow!: A Memoirito
The Road from Morocco by Wafa Faith Hallam
Searching for Memory:The Brain, The Mind, And The Past by Daniel L. Schacter
The Sound of A Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
Born to Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered by Bruce D. Perry and Maia Szalavitz
The Lucifer Principle by Howard Bloom

previously (some favorites):
The Immense Journey by Loren Eiseley
The Lives of a Cell by Lewis Thomas continued )
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A favorite passage from the book I'm reading, In the Palaces of Memory by George Johnson.:

"In trying to explain how difficult a problem neuroscience still faces, Cooper likes to tell a story.: Suppose you came here from another planet. You have no eyes, no ears, just infrared sensors to help you get around. You notice that an object is thrown on your doorstep every morning. But you are not equipped with the concept newspaper. You subject this strange artifact to physical and chemical analysis. You weigh it every day and see that it goes from thin to fat in seven-day cycles. You analyse the ratio of black to white and find that it is fairly constant. You note that the chemical composition of the paper sometimes changes. But in understanding what a newspaper is, much of tht turns out to be irrelevant. Will you, the alien, ever make the leap and somehow realize that on the surface of the paper are rows and rows of tiny markings, that they cluster into patterns that carry information? And, if you are someday driven to make this radical hypothesis, is there any hope that you will learn to read the thing?"....

perception of beauty angle
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on universal impulse I find myself looking for a good excerpt from The Evolving Self (one of my favorite books) today to post to you. And I happen upon this blog that just posted this 2 days ago. 'good timing' if you believe in time;)no? an excerpt which also 'happens' to deal with distributed memory...ha.
I sincerely echo the intro/praise to the book here as well.thanks universe;)

The Power of Love & Trascendance - an excerpt from Csikszentmihalyi's Evolving Self
"One of the men who most influenced my perspective on the modern world is Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. I'm still amazed that Csikszentmihalyi's book The Evolving Self isn't continually cited. It gets my vote as the most overlooked and underappreciated books of our time.

Central to his thesis is the notion that a fully developed self comes from two often competing needs: the movements towards greater complexity and integration of that complexity into harmony, bringing those disparate elements into a whole self. Complexity results from pursuit of what makes us individuals, and he calls a person joyfully invested in complex goals a transcender. What follows is an excerpt of Evolving Self, using the Hungarian poet Gyorgy Faludy as an example.read the excerpt on R World blog

studio

Jan. 8th, 2006 09:51 pm
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still haven't heard anything about the job. gah. So I hold my breath and just...
paint.:)
more lil mappings being born in the studio..and bookjournal brainstorms at the kitchen table.
music and coffeeeee
In between I take sneak peeks at some books I snagged from from the library:
Buckminster Fuller: Designing for Mobility,
Santeria:The Beliefs And Rituals Of A Growing Religion In America,
Borges: The Book of Imaginary Beings,
Warped Passages:Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions.
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Ok, I'm having way too much fun over at LibraryThing.com.
Eek what a simple, fast tool to catalog your books/library online- I love it!
Throwing books on there is a snap- and they show up automatically with pictures and links to more info- woohoo! try it- you'll see. What I've uploaded so far is under 'avaD' (go figure), if you'd like to visit my library....
A lot more to go but I am a bit sleepy.... I'll edit and add some other time.

Moments

May. 20th, 2005 01:21 pm
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Tired of this 'busyness'. So much to do, so much really Worth doing...but so much to just breathe in and savor that I've been missing.
I finally took morning moments outside on the back patio with coffee and bookjournal in the warm sunnysunsun. *DEEP BREATHS* SOOOOO blissful to just sit, watch, listen and appreciate. The quiet punctuated only by birdsong and birdchatter (those guys can talk! But they do it so Musically.. since I don't understand their language I'm not offended by the gossip;) Watching the activities of robins and cardinals and blue jays..jump, hop, stare...PECK...and...myohmy- GOOD OMEN: the yellow birds of happiness are here!! THREE of them! (I always took these critters to be little messengers of cheer-up joy ever since the one visiting me in Cancun daily when I was being an exhausted nanny).
This to me is heaven. I love people...but I need to balance it with frequent periods of peace, quiet and solitude.
Replenish. Nourish. I think this book: Suburban Safari: A Year on the Lawn would delight me right about now. Gotta keep an eye out for it at the library.

In other realms I'm working in layers...becoming part of/participating in various networks..attending lectures and town meetings....listening and feeling out where pieces of the puzzle fit and amplify...it's fascinating. As in art so in life. Taking different zoom views of the systems and organisms I am a part of and trying to communicate what I see. Imagining and Planting seeds...
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Whenever I need a thorough reminder of WHY I'm doing this, THIS book is the perfect medicine in my bookshelf. The stories and pictures shake me into an understanding of where we stand comparatively. And something in my chest makes it impossible to turn away. This is our family, all.



Material World- A Global Family Portrait

In honor of the United Nations-sponsored International Year of the Family in 1994, award-winning photojournalist Peter Menzel brought together 16 of the world's leading photographers to create a visual portrait of life in 30 nations. Material World tackles its wide subject by zooming in, allowing one household to represent an entire nation. Photographers spent one week living with a "statistically average" family in each country, learning about their work, their attitudes toward their possessions, and their hopes for the future. Then a "big picture" shot of the family was taken outside the dwelling, surrounded by all their (many or few) material goods.
The book provides sidebars offering statistics and a brief history for each country, as well as personal notes from the photographers about their experiences. But it is the "big pictures" that tell most of the story. In one, a British family pauses before a meal of tea and crumpets under a cloudy sky. In another, wary Bosnians sit beside mattresses used as sniper barricades. A Malian family composed of a husband, his two wives, and their children rests before a few cooking and washing implements in golden afternoon light. Material World is a lesson in economics and geography, reminding us of the world's inequities, but also of humanity's common threads. An engrossing, enlightening book. --Maria Dolan

I would encourage anyone/everyone to have this book on hand. It is indescribably inspiring.:)
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I am a spoiled, spoiled girl.
I received so many lovely treats this xmas I can't begin to recount. but I'll try.
Some highlights were right off my wish list and me oh my how I wanted these and now they're in my hands!:
The Poetics of Gardens
Annie Dillard poetry: Tickets for a Prayer Wheel
DVDs: Koyaanisqatsi / Powaqqatsi
Waking Life
and A DVD I've never seen called Planet Earth: Australia...which is visions of the Earth from Space!!
Some new fuzzy pajamas...and some superfabu-fun stripey armwarmers and legwarmers from my wittle mofu....;)!!

Then the most thoughtful and lovely mega-surprise from B....
Something I really did not expect at all. Something I've dreamt of for years...and yet for some reason never moved forward on....so he did. :)!
He set me up to finally work with a teacher of Bharata Natyam Classical Indian Dance!!! :):):):)
You see...It's a little hard to explain..but I've been strangely and strongly drawn to a certain temple in Tamil Nadu...the Meenakshi Temple in Madurai. It is where I want to travel to with him later this year for our honeymoon. I'm not sure what it is about this place, but I must go. And I feel it will be auspicious to have our wedding/union blessed in this way. (I also look forward to the blessing of the temple elephant!!:)
And within me...I feel..there is for some reason...an Indian dancer and an Indian singer. These movements and poses feel so strangely natural and it's like I'm holding something back...I know it and B knows it.. it seems I'm supposed to do something with this...so..*deep breath*. here goes one part.
Bharatha Natyam IS the temple dance of old.It is devotional. And what I do in my artworks I must also do in dance, in movement. It must just be another necessary form...Invocation and prayer and praise and a moving through mandalas........
I'm so excited.:) Our sessions will begin in the Spring. a pic and another short description

eep!:)!

NYC run

Oct. 8th, 2004 02:00 am
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Train in....loving the view out the windows...all the secret backyards and aboveground swimming pools...strange sights and bits of graffiti...odd toy-like machines of construction....dirt piles and waterways.
Once in NYC...I grab a much overdue coffee and then we eat
pizza at an extremely silver place outside Penn Station. watching lunch breakers and some suspicious folk by a trash can. One man looking around before putting something from his wallet in...another shuffling over a few minutes later and 'casually' feeling around.
hmmmm.

subway down to Van Dam to pick up resin. Two huge gallon sets. B and I put em into tote bags and staggered through the streets for our cafe rendesvous with J to bring him my baby artwork...read more )
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Sunday-We had a party at the house for Bunny's Birthday. I was overwhelmed by all the people and noise but had fun. Played and bonded with Kimmy's baby too which was lovely. The kid is Huge at 6 months. Biggest chewable thighs EVer. Goodnatured,Happy baby.:)
We smashed our faces into soft cool pillows and laughed.Love.

Monday- working at the shop.Daydreamin colors and fabrics and yarns...

Tuesday- blew by in nonproductive manic stress mode...but the Dinner party at a friend's house in the eve turned out to be really enjoyable. Good conversations with former almost strangers about abstract and conceptual art and time and life.

Wednesday- Productive, errands with B....then FINALLY
Working in the studio, listening to Cibo Matto....painting on a 2foot piece that is based on Candyland and internal organs....:)Priming a large tondo that will be a tabletop piece...adding glitter to '@ the Lake'.
Feeling good, seeing progress, not wanting to stop.

ThursDay- working at the knit shop...painfully slow day...because I so wanted to be back in the studio.
I'm so excited about Scope Miami...nervous as heck,and totally behind on everything... but really excited.

Researched charitable projects...and decided to donate
10% of latest paycheck to Osu Children's Library Fund through World Library Partnership (worldlibraries.org. It's refreshing to finally see a gorgeous full-sized structure proposed, instead of the normal makeshift libraries that are still so underfunded. I hope they can pull it off. As usual, donate if you can.

Someone contacted me out of the blue about buying one of my baby artworks, so that's wonderful and helpful! He works for a publishing Company so offered to throw in a book or two into the deal. Sweet. Out of the catalog I'm thinking of Rainer Maria Rilke's Poems from the Book of Hours...and/or some Chinese Poetry (by Tu Fu)..None of my wishlist books are on there unfortunately...but I think I'll be happy with some new poetry instead.
TOnight Pony came over and we ate Mexican food and yapped. Then she films me and B talking bout how we met.Wonder where that'll end up.;)
Now I'm on coffee but should be sleeping so I can cram as much art-time as possible into my day tomorrow.
Night night my lovelies.:)

FLowww

Mar. 25th, 2004 01:24 am
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Stacks of books from the library....Landscapes in History, Landscape Design- A Cultural and Architectural History, different House Plan and Garden Plan books.......a psychology book:House as a Mirror of Self (I got this one before and loved it).And now I am returning to my interest in temple mandalas and labyrinths..and the Aboriginal Dreamings...everything folding over my earlier explorations...harmonizing....resonating...sometimes while reading I forget to breathe I am carried so swiftly.

from one of the interesting chapters in Landscape Design:
"Bachalard used the combined approach of Psychology and phenomenology to articulate in The Poetics of Space (1957)a concept of 'topoanalysis' in which poetic reverie encourages the individual to spiritually reinhabit the intimate spaces of memory, where he finds images "which are all light and shimmer" proving that "houses that were lost forever continue to live on in us".
um. word.;)
WHY has The Poetics of Space been on my list of must read for so long and I STILL have not read it?
Seems like it's really time.

I'm starting to get things done again finally.

Almost finished putting together a portfolio to submit to a gallery. Print outs of many pieces...resume, statement.*fingers crossed*
Just wrote the cover letter.

Finally dove in and made The Big Lumber Purchase for new pieces. I was waiting for that money to fall from the sky...but it hasn't quite yet and I need to get to work...so I bought it. On credit. *nervous exhale*.
Getting it cut to odd shapes and precise measurements- had to do scale diagram and remember forgotten math- eek. Why is America not on the metric system again? why?

Finally got to the gym. :)
Hammering my puja nails daily. Need new hammer.

Also taking some time to refresh my soul by reading from Hazrat Inayat Khan's The Heart of Sufism.....and gazing at the wonderful images in Meeting God- Elements of Hindu Devotion.
All in all, I feel more balanced...and moving forward gently. This is a good thing.
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So much I've wanted to post...but I've gotten lazy..as it's all written down in my bookjournal. Soon, I must really share with you all the wacky dreams I've been having. Til then, here's a quick peek into my world.
Okay, so, with all the summer people gone, things haven't changed so much because most of
my world is at home.:) I've been working in the studio lots. Last night
drilling and sawing and painting and dremel carving and paint markers and
resin , and screen and all sorts of madness going on. And somehow...I
created a hologram. Tell no one. It's magic. I am merely the messenger.

In between these sorts of things, I go outside in the afternoons and inspect
spider webs. The orb weavers are out in full force this year. We also have
these amazing giant slugs. "Limacidae. The imported Great Slug, once
believed to have magical and medicinal powers, is considered a pest in
gardens."-North American Wildlife
I like to watch the late afternoon sun make everything sparkle.... sitting
outside of the garage while the resin dries on little artwork pieces... writing in
my bookjournal, listening to sounds....crickets, cicadas, birds... and the
basketball thumping down the street...

The book I've been waiting for arrived at the library (by my oh so special
request:) and yay! now I begin it for real (had started it at Borders):
'Sync: The Emerging Science of Spontaneous Order' by Steven Strogatz. I likee likeee so far.
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Recently finished reading Michio Kaku's 'Hyperspace'. Enjoyed thoroughly.:) thanks, [livejournal.com profile] rokkitz!
This is a new little baby piece called hidden dimensions...
there are actually a few layers of monofilament connecting the nailheads...I should've taken a side-shot as well...maybe when/if I get the piece back after the show.

Update

Aug. 23rd, 2003 12:44 am
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whew. am I out of touch here or what.
SO much. art receptions. blackouts. broken water pipes. no water. dinners at friends' houses. going to the beach with my art dealers (!). selling a really big piece in the nick of time! (thank you angels)
hammering nails, nails and more nails. drinking in maps of all sorts...til my mind is swimming in them, recreating them behind closed eyes...
falling in love with paint markers, rediscovering the joy of drawing and of easy perfect colors...drawing maps maps maps.
Branches reaching, layering....rivers, veins, trees...

Watching a documentary on the AIDS situation in Uganda...and the resulting orphans.:(
Posting more Peace Corps Projects on the fridge.
10% of 'the big art sale' will be donated to INSAF, a charitable organization in Morocco that assists women 'in distress', which means basically unmarried mothers who have been outcast from society and have nowhere to turn. INSAF helps care for mother and child, offers shelter and skill training, etc. A Moroccan friend of mine did some wonderful research on the organization and met with the women who run it, etc. We talked at length about it and were both inspired. I'm so happy that I can now contribute a little! She says they are doing so much with so little.

Going to Borders...reading about neural networks and spontaneous order and ants and pheremones...
Going to the library...reading about exploring, navigation, interior and exterior...in Loren Eiseley's 'The Unexpected Universe'.
Napping with my love in the afternoon. Drinking coffee and staying up late nights.
thunderstorms and breezes...
Summer 2003
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Absolutely breathtaking!!!!: THIS is what I would have super-sized on my wall. *sigh* *double-sigh* gorgeousness....

Working in the studio yesterday...hammered on a nail-weave that has been neglected for quite a while...I so MISS the hammering. SO therapeutic. Again my thoughts are running to doing a whole wall this way. I stare at the doorways and openings and details of the walls around me...and imagine how panels could be fitted together and bolted in....and white white code language city-scape weave running all over without boundaries....aaaaaaahhhhhh.I HAVE to throw together some sort of a digital image 'proposal' for this...taking a segment of one of my salience weaves and 'stamping' it to cover a wall shape..maybe minimizing it gradually if I show a perspective angle...
Then maybe by presenting the idea around and including it in portfolios and presentations I could one day get a commission to actually do it somewhere. *sigh* But it WOULD take forever to execute...so I'd have to have some sort of funding to survive while making it for the months or years (depending on the wall size). Argh, money. Have to make peace with the need. And find a way to save towards things other than rent and materials. Those impossible sounding things like buying a house and having a child one day.

A friend of mine came over for 'art therapy' two days ago and we drank some cheap champagne and worked together in the basement studio, listening to Bjork and Heather Nova.:) She quietly doing a collage, me painting a topographical segment for a layered sculpture experiment I am planning. She also joined my gym so now I someone to help drag me there more often and vice-versa.
This could work.

Reading 'Hyperspace' by Michio Kaku and enjoying it muchly. Recently finished 'An Open Heart' talks by the Dalai Lama. So simple and difficult and beautiful. Helps inspire me to keep up the morning meditations....

Books

Jun. 7th, 2003 12:08 pm
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I'm in a fickle mood with books these days. Gave up on 'The Fabric of Reality' by David Deutch because his writing style was so debate oriented and circular...I never felt I was going FORWARD. So I probably missed out on some good parts but so many other books I wanted to check out that I couldn't sit any longer with that one. On to NONZero: The Logic of Human Destiny by Robert Wright....which seemed so promising as the intro dealt with game theory and Teilhard de Chardin and the Omega Point AND Richard Dawkins..but what happened? I can't tell you...halfway to the altar (somewhere in chapter 2) my enthusiasm dwindled and I ran off revelling in my freedom.
In the meantime I devoured Annie Dillard's little book 'The Writing Life' as artist angst therapy or at least commiseration.

So now where are we? Inter-library loan granted me with the book 'E-topia' by William J. Mitchell, author of City of Bits...so I'm reading that..since I'm more than a little interested in emerging architectures in cyberspace. I'll probably get through it soon, it's not very long, but I'm not incredibly hopeful that it will be much new information...I couldn't even remember reading City of Bits, though I did. Most memorable were the gorgeous illustrations of urban planning through history...

ANyhoo, By the way I did get my blood back to coursing at the gym that day,running, weights, etc. twas good, yeeha I will be so BUFF;).

Then yesterday LO and BEHOLD it's the SUN!!! So I was manic all day again and felt great. Walking outside, hammering in the studio, spraypainting small artworks, dragging huge bags of leaves to the dump...going for a slice of pizza mid-day with a good girlfriend. Reading at night. a 'good' day.:)

Now it's time to give today a chance.!
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Happiness
Jorge Luis Borges
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Whoever embraces a woman is Adam. The woman is Eve.
Everything happens for the first time.
I saw something white in the sky. They tell me it is the moon, but
what can I do with a word and a mythology.
Trees frighten me a little. They are so beautiful.
The calm animals come closer so that I may tell them their names.
The books in the library have no letters. They spring forth when I open them.
Leafing through the atlas I project the shape of Sumatra.
Whoever lights a match in the dark is inventing fire.
Inside the mirror an Other waits in ambush.
Whoever looks at the ocean sees England.
Whoever utters a line of Liliencron has entered into battle.
I have dreamed Carthage and the legions that destroyed Carthage.
I have dreamed the sword and the scale.
Praised be the love wherein there is no possessor and no possessed, but both surrender.
Praised be the nightmare, which reveals to us that we have the power to create hell.
Whoever goes down to a river goes down to the Ganges.
Whoever looks at an hourglass sees the dissolution of an empire.
Whoever plays with a dagger foretells the death of Caesar.
Whoever dreams is every human being.
In the desert I saw the young Sphinx, which has just been sculpted.
There is nothing else so ancient under the sun.
Everything happens for the first time, but in a way that is eternal.
Whoever reads my words is inventing them.

-La cifra "The Limit" (1981). Jorge Luis Borges - Selected Poems. Translation by Stephen Kessler.

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