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OM SOLE MIO

12/6/09 | 03:33 pm



NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

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Sashimono (Personal Flag) of Sakakibara Yasumasa
Momoyama period, 17th century
(Currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC)

A sashimono (personal flag) was worn on a slender bamboo pole fixed to the backplate of a soldier's armor, identifying him or the family he served. Sakakibara Yasumasa's sashimono shows the sun with the character mu ("nothingness") in gold on a dark blue silk ground.

"That begins with an M, such as... muchness - you know you say things are 'much of a muchness' - did you ever see... a drawing of a muchness?"

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LIFE (BELATED)

12/6/09 | 11:22 pm

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*ding-a-dingding*
A hearty thanksgiving to McSweeney's for including my "LIFE" in their marvelous CARNIVAL of CONVERGENCES (No. 7) ! [HERE IS A PITHY EXPLANATION of SAID CARNIVAL/CONTEST, along with a link to the MAGIC BOOK that inspired it and that continues to inspire me]. I do not know if those other entries are actually from Errol Morris (?!) and Chris Ware (?!?), but hey wow howdy if they are. Thrills!
*dingding-a-ding*

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