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Friday
Apr192019

Quentin's Weeknotes 4/13/19-4/19/19

This week:

"The future is dark, with a darkness as much of the womb as the grave."

  • The Yager Museum hosted its "Family afternoon at the Museum." This is our annual event for families and children, and the Museum was filled with games, crafts, food, and activities. I want to thank Buran from Bearded Dragon Games for bringing tabletop fun, and all of the students who worked and volunteered to make the event a success.
  • I helped de-install our exhibit "Along the Rails: Willard Yager, Native American Art and 20th Century Tourism." This exhibit was curated by students in our Museum Studies program at Hartwick and was my first experience seeing an exhibit go from conception to installation. I'm proud of it, and am looking forward to the next student curated exhibit that will replace it.
Thursday
Apr112019

Book Notes: The Hike by Drew Magary

Notes on: The Hike by Drew Magary

 

The story of a short journey that turns into a long journey, by turns funny, strange, sweet, and exciting.

Ben is on a business trip to the Poconos. He's away from his wife and kids, and his hotel is boring, so he decides to go for a quick hike in the forest behind it. He ends up going someplace far stranger and unimaginable, and for far longer than he thought he would be hiking.

Like all journey-stories, this book is about fate and how our relationships with others and our world form the choices we make. Ben meets all manner of strange creatures (including giants, demons, ghosts, dog-faced killers, huge insects) and bizarre people (a 16th century conquistador, stranded out of time, and an irascible talking crab, among others) and these collisions change the choices that he makes while on the Path. And along the way, his memories of his wife and children are the distant light that keep him moving.

Lest I leave the impression that this is some dour, weighty book--Drew Magary is a really funny writer. If you know him, you know his hilarious contributions to Deadspin, and especially his LOL column "Why your team sucks." And while the book isn't exactly humorous, it is very funny in places, whether it's the repartee between Ben and the cannibal giant who captures him, or his maddeningly funny/frustrating experiences early in the novel trying to get his iphone to work. Even when the book is more serious, Magary's prose is fast and rich and his world-building and imaginative set-pieces are really striking.

Saturday
Apr062019

Quentin's Weeknotes 4/6/19-4/12/19

This week:

 

Friday
Apr052019

Quentin's Weeknotes 3/30/19-4/5/19

This week:

  • I read this great interview with Chris Cerf and Norm Stiles, who crafted some iconic songs on Sesame Street in the 1970s and 80s. These guys are clearly close friends and had a great time making kids music for adults and adult music for kids.  "Put down the duckie" is perhaps their most famous for its celebrity-filled video, but I'm fond, as they are, of "Dance Ourselves to Sleep", which, as you'll see below, is really funny and strange.
  • I've been listening to the music of Billy Eilish, who is making dark, surreal, genre-defying pop. Her videos are as bizarre and stylized as her music, and "Bury a Friend" is the creepy, monster-under-the-bed love story I didn't know I needed in my life.
Friday
Mar292019

Quentin's Weeknotes 3/23/19-3/29/19

This Week: