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October 5, 2019

Literature-Inspired Paint-Chip Colors

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"Paint Samples, suitable for the home, sourced from colors in literature."

By Leanne Shapton and Ben Schott, as seen in the two-hundredth issue of the Paris Review.

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How an acoustic guitar works


[via bestinfographics]

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Thank you for Smoking!


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Can you give away something that's not yours? (Blast from the past: June 21, 2005*)


I once read, though for the life of me I cannot recall where, that the test of whether or not you own something is if you can sell it.

I've always liked that definition of ownership because it's so concise and clear and all or nothing.

I got to thinking about what ownership means when I got an email from New Zealand this past Monday.

Here is the email:

We would like permission to use this photo in our Natural Science school text book.

We need the high res image.

Can you please email me as soon as possible?


SP for XYZ, publisher

I used initials 'cause I don't want to get her in trouble.

The thing is, a couple times every month I get requests to use things I've posted.

Me, being the person I am, I always say "yes."

In fact, my default answer to everything, always, is "yes."

I need a reason to say "no."

That's just how it is here, how it's always been and always will be.

Well, the only problem I see with my granting of permission to one and all to do whatever they like with anything they might find on bookofjoe is that much of the material I use, and certainly all the pictures, come from somewhere else.

So I'm giving away the rights to use what isn't mine, for the most part.

How can I do that?

I don't know, but I'm doing it.

Is it right?

Is it wrong?

I don't know — but, like the Stones sang in "It's Only Rock'n'Roll": I like it.

The question is not as idle as it might seem, because it cuts to the heart of epistemology and how it is we know what we know.

Jacques Lacan famously wrote, "Love is giving something you don't have to someone who doesn't exist."

Of course, Lacan's take on love can quite nicely be extended, such that it encompasses everything, to wit: "Life has no meaning, but we can give it a meaning."


I'm going with that one.

*June 21, 2005 post

October 5, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: smaller than a bread box.

Another: no moving parts.

A third: inedible.

October 5, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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