Friday, August 13, 2010

where is home?

A perennial question and quest for the place-sensitive person considering places along way. Not just where home is but what as well. Why are some of us more obsessed with the question than others? Are the homeless minds looking for homes more sensitive to place than the rooted for whom places are eternally divided into home and elsewhere, alien, not home?

Although the blog mission is to explore specific places, "homeness" (not necessarily the same as heimlich but related) goes the why of the matter. The following is reposted from the Bookforum blog. More than a few take on the the question of home, others alterity and manufactured roots.

A new issue of Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science is out. Did Alcoholics Anonymous “dumb down” the Serenity Prayer? From Smithsonian, a look at how George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg found inspiration for their films in the work of Norman Rockwell, one of America’s most cherished illustrators. From Saturday Evening Post, Norman Rockwell was raised in New York City, but loved painting the more simple life of the country — he created a city slicker, Cousin Reginald, who visited his country cousins and proceeded to show what a city boy he was; and in 1958, William Peter Blatty, a publicist and aspiring author (The Exorcist), wanted to see how hard it would be to fake nobility among Americans — it proved to be too easy. A review of The Rise and Fall of the Second Largest Empire in History: How Genghis Khan's Mongols Almost Conquered the World by Thomas J. Craughwell. A look at familiar horror movie scenes that have been ruined by the new iPhone. What if Hitler had not killed himself? Mark Grimsley wonders. From Vogue, an interview with Jonathan Franzen on the personal roots of his epic new novel, Freedom. From The Prague Post, expats everywhere face the same question: Where is home? From The Distributist Review, Joseph Pearce on the education of E.F. Schumacher. What killed Kevin Morrissey? How the death of an editor threatens the future ofVQR, the University of Virginia's prestigious literary review.
where is home? - / omnivore

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