The Book That Didn't Exist

I breath slower in libraries. I carefully take in air through my nose and inhale the earthy perfume of the books which I hold deep within my lungs exhaling only when necessary. I was maybe fifteen when I realized this. I was lost in the stacks at the University of Calgary during a cold, gray and slushy day. I remember winter days like those well. I would spend them on the train listening to music or wandering through the Devonian Gardens which were housed in a mall in downtown Calgary. If in the gardens, I was with friends and we were likely drinking cheap beer and raising hell. But on quieter days I could be found in one of the cities libraries seeking out various histories, facts or revolutionary theories. This day that I am recalling, in particular, I was on the search for Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle. I frequented this particular library at the university because I had learned that if I unplugged the photocopier and plugged it back in a minute later I could get as many free copies as I liked.

I have been using Storybird  as a platform for writing stories for my family and as an educational platform for my students for several yers now. I decided that I would try to experiment with it and I have written an experimental short love story called Variations of Interpretations A Quieted Love. It was interesting and fun to use a platform dedicated to young readers and writers to create something a little different. Below is the result of my fast paced experiment: A 10-page short story written in less than an hour.

 

Jai Alai: An Aesthetic Appreciation
Jai Alai' (say hi-li) world's fastest sport, Biscayne Fronton, Miami, Florida Boston Public Library

The history of Jai Alai is somewhat murky. Some claims are made that it may have been a Mayan export to Spain and was taken up by the Basques. Others claim that it simply originated in Northern Spain within the Basque population as a derivative of popular handball games known as Pelota. Roughly translated from Basque Jai Alai comes to mean Merry Festival. It was a game played on the weekends and during festivals among the Basque population of Spain and France within and around the valleys of the Pyrenees mountains. Even if we don’t know its exact origins, we can make the claim that the sports popularity was a result of its Basque heritage and evolution.

The Economy of Music or The Music Economy: Deculturalization and Musical Imperialism
Johnn Cage - Concert for Piano and Orchestra,1957-58

I detest audiences. Not in their individual components but en masse I detest audiences, I think they are a force of evil.

Glenn Gould

Music for entertainment … seems to complement the reduction of people to silence, the dying out of speech as expression, the inability to communicate at all. It inhabits the pockets of silence that develop between people molded by anxiety, work and undemanding docility.

Adorno

Song elevates our being and leads us to the good and the true. If, however, music serves only as a diversion or as a kind of vain ostentation it is sinful and harmful.

The Metaphysics of Doors

I have what could be considered a mild, although likely to most, dry and banal, obsession with doors. What has always drawn me to them is not only the mystery of the other side, but the meaning of the spaces that they divide, both imagined and physical. Doors certainly stand in the way of physical space, but in no way do the impede imagined space. They force one to ask what is beyond them, or to ponder what the exact purpose it is that they are serving. An inquisitive mind might draw certain conclusions based on design, architecture, adornment or general aesthetic to identify their purpose or what is beyond them, but lacking a key or the appropriate access, what is behind a door will remain a mystery.