Aug 312010
Cover art for Daytripper 1
Cover art for Daytripper 10

Daytripper 10 cover

I have been reading Daytripper and I love it.  I posted some thoughts on CouncilApproved, but neglected to tell you guys about it.

The book is written and drawn by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá with colors by Dave Stewart.  It examines those moments in life that make us who we are.  Those experiences that shaped our values and and beliefs.  The times that come to the forefronts of our minds when we look back.  Meaningful memories of life usually aren’t of the garden variety.  When you explore your self constitution your don’t think of the day you woke up, brushed your teeth and walked the dog.  You remember the day you fell in love, you remember the day your friend promised he would always be there for you, and you remember that day when you were five and Grandma whispered a secret in your ear and it was something special the two of your shared for the rest of her life.

I know that reading funny books isn’t a regular part of the average person’s life.  But if someday you want to try it remember the day I recommended Daytripper.

Sep 292009
© Courtesy of AMNH\R. Mickens

© Courtesy of AMNH\R. Mickens

There is a new display now showing at the American Museum of Natural History.  It is an 11 foot long tapestry woven of pure spider silk.  It took four years to create and shines in its rich and all-natural golden color.  I think it is wonderfully beautiful and a unique and remarkable achievement.

There is some controversy about the project.  While many marvel at the beauty and wonder of the accomplishment others are appalled at the spending of $500,000 to squeeze spiders and tie their silks together into a rug just so it can sit under a glass display case.

I don’t discount the dissenting argument easily.  They have a good point.  We are all painfully aware of the many needs we all have everyday, and it isn’t possible to meet all of those needs during a recession.  It may not even be possible during the best of times considering we need to fund the cresting of scientific frontiers, enhance education and health care for all members of society, enrich our lives with the best music, art and performance, keep a roof over our heads, feed our children, and … oh yeah, that whole world peace thing.  It’s a tall order and I don’t deny that, but I’m still glad to see events like this happen.  I’m glad to know this tapestry was privately funded.  I think it is also important to remember that the project began and was mostly completed before the economic crash.

Please listen to the NPR broadcast of the story below and also visit the Museum’s website for more info, photos and even a video and then come back and leave your impressions as a comment below.  Which side of the controversy do you think has the best reasoning and why?