MICA’s Brown Center was a great venue for TEDx MidAtlantic

I’ve driven past, or under it nearly a hundred times, but today was the first time I had the opportunity to spend time inside The Brown Center, the glass-curtained building with the thrusting overhang that opened on the MICA campus a few years back.

All I can say is: Wow. Modern spaces can often be cold and odd and, while The Brown Center is certainly quirky, it fits in nicely on MICA’s semi-urban campus, reflecting from the outside and providing amazing vistas from the inside.

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The building sometimes appears mirrored, sometimes clear.

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Clouds and church reflected in the glass wall.

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The view out, from upstairs.

Tom Stoppard on writing, via Scott Simon at today’s TEDx MidAtlantic

It had been years since I’d thought of this beautiful passage about writing until I heard Scott Simon quote it this morning at TEDx MidAtlantic. It comes from the amazing play The Real Thing, by Tom Stoppard:

“Words… They’re innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they’re no good any more… I don’t think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little or make a poem which children will speak for you when you’re dead.”

You can see Scott Simon’s magnificent presentation here:

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(No direct link, sorry. Select his talk from the scrolling list on the left)

NaNoWriMo inspiration: Laura Lippman

Maybe it’s because we used to work for the same newspaper. Or maybe it’s because she nails the details of Baltimore in her books. Or maybe it’s because the woman can write the hell out of a book and leave you wondering how she does it.

Whatever, I’m a fanboy, a homer. So here’s summa Baltimore’s pride and joy, Laura Lippman.

It’s a Mad Men world

Here’s a not-quite-so-random thought following last night’s penultimate episode of Season 3 of Mad Men:

What if the next episode jumps as far forward in the timeline as is normally reserved for a new season?

Why? Last night’s episode was both a hard ending (Don, crushed and defeated) and a beginning (The real 1960s that got underway following the death of a president).

But the problem is, picking up a week or even a month after the events of the last episode is too soon to accommodate the massive changes to come, both in society and in Ossining.

So, my prediction, based on nothing other that a pinch of logic and a cup of wishful thinking: The final episode of Season Three jumps all the way to December, 1964.