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Zak Smith

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Pynchon fans, check this out:

Gravity’s Rainbow— nobody asked me to, but I did it anyway. Most of the pictures are drawings– ink on whatever paper was lying around, but there are also paintings (acrylic), photos I took, and experimental photographic processes. I tried to illustrate the passages as literally as possible– if the book says there was a green Spitfire, I drew a green Spitfire. Mostly, I tried to make a series of pictures as dense, intricate, and rich as the prose in the book. The entire project was shown in the Whitney Museum’s 2004 Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary Art and is now in the permanent collection of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

~Zak Smith

I just discovered this site, thankks to this and now look forward to hours of fun.

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November 11th, 2006 at 10:52 pm

Janna Levin

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So last evening I was watching the Colbert Report (there’s no such thing as too much garlic or too much irony), and his guest was a math whiz named Janna Levin, not to be confused with Jenna Elfman. Levin has written a novel called A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines. Turing machines, I have just learned, were first described by Alan Turing in (Turing 1937), and are simple abstract computational devices intended to help investigate the extent and limitations of what can be computed.

BTW I have not read Levin’s novel, only ordered it a few moments ago from

Levin says this novel is “(A) story of coded secrets and psychotic delusions, mathematics and war.”

Reminds me of something else I read some time ago. What was it again? Was it this? Nope. Doesn’t quite serve.

I know, it was this. Only maybe Levin’s work is, you know, a little easier to read.

I will have to let you know.

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August 25th, 2006 at 1:05 am