Archives for the month of: December, 2011

A confession: I’ve never read Mr. Eco, but I did see his name on books around the house during my childhood. Nonetheless, I found this quote (from Brain Pickings) to be apt for this here project:

The list is the origin of culture. It’s part of the history of art and literature. What does culture want? To make infinity comprehensible. It also wants to create order — not always, but often. And how, as a human being, does one face infinity? How does one attempt to grasp the incomprehensible? Through lists, through catalogs, through collections in museums and through encyclopedias and dictionaries. There is an allure to enumerating how many women Don Giovanni slept with: It was 2,063, at least according to Mozart’s librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte. We also have completely practical lists — the shopping list, the will, the menu — that are also cultural achievements in their own right.” ~ Umberto Eco

This, too will be a cultural achievement.


time, time time / see what’s become of me?

either I was so terribly busy in 2011 that I didn’t get around to writing down my gross accomplishments in the twelve12s project or I dropped the ball. I never was good at sports.

with twelve days left until 2012, it’s time to clear away the cobwebs and see if this project still has legs. not for 2011, of course. what could be more apt for 2012 than twelve12s?

an inspirational chat with with a friend has me wanting to rev (re-rev?) my creative engines more. I still believe in the long-form format, despite last year’s two measly posts. by no means am I “writer.” I prefer the term “typist.” (sure, I’ve written professionally for the past 12 or so years, but never on a formal, long-term personal project like this. failed NaNoWriMos and sporadic blog posts do not count.) documenting 144 tasks to create a year’s-worth of memories is the goal.

I’m even keeping the 12 that I set out for myself, of which I’ve only explained 6. iou their description in the next post.