Category Archives: Apprenticeships

The Cinematographer’s Apprentice

My first memory is of an illness. I am lying in a room with a political world map on the wall, and a big blue hot water bottle is being brought for me. My second memory is of moving. We … Continue reading

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The Experimentalist’s Apprentice

There is a rule in science that says you should assume the simplest explanation that fits with what you observe. This is named Occam’s Razor after the medieval monk William of Ockham, who, it is generally agreed, didn’t come up … Continue reading

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A Stolen Thought on Modernity

Or, the semioticist’s apprentice Because of new media, we see ourselves separated from the action of life more and more often. And the more it happens, the more we consider it commonplace, and the more it dictates the way we … Continue reading

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The poet’s apprentice

Слов моих сухие листья ли заставят остановиться, жадно дыша? –Mayakovsky This is something I wrote when I was 20 and found recently. I guess I was a romantic at the time One of the greatest things about poetry is its … Continue reading

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The composer’s apprentice

“The wrong of unshapely things is a wrong too great to be told” –W.B. Yeats The quiet rattle of the hotel air conditioner. A groaning squeak of the bed. A dialogue I can’t make out. The wail of poorly adjusted … Continue reading

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The painter’s apprentice

What does it mean to make a good portrait? It’s easiest to get to an answer by looking at the reverse. The first way a portrait can be bad is if it doesn’t resemble the person in some way, maybe … Continue reading

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