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Brief Thoughts about and Interesting Quotes from Blood Work by Holly Tucker

Cultural phenomenon, in a cultural light, fascinates me. I picked up Blood Work by Holly Tucker because of this fact. Medicine, or at least “modern” medicine, is really quite new (blood types weren’t discovered until nearly the turn of the 20th Century, for example) so the idea of performing blood transfusions at a time when basic understandings of…

Senses

“It’s my belief that only experiencing and understanding truly disembodied cognition — only seeing the coldness and deadness and disconnectedness of something that really does deal in pure abstraction, divorced from sensory reality — can snap us out of it. Only this can bring us, quite literally, back to our sense.” (69) “Mind vs. Machine” by Brian…

Topography of a Phantom City by Alain Robbe-Grillet (Annotation)

Alain Robbe-Grillet, author of the Nouveau Roman (or New Novel) movement, always challenges readers and their conception of reality. Topography of a Phantom City (out of print) is no exception. Repetition and shifts in point of view and time make this novel a brilliant example of the movement and Robbe-Grillet’s talents in engendering a sense…

Data min[d]ing

According to a recent Science Magazine article [abstract] titled Google Opens Books to New Cultural Studies by John Bohannon, Erez Lieberman Aiden, a PhD student, devised software to analyse the words of the scanned books in Google Books without breaking any copyright laws. “By converting the text of the scanned books into a single, massive…

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