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Foundational questionsToday in the stacks, someone took note of a crack in one of the concrete pillars in the stacks– though, strangely, the arrow isn’t exactly pointing to the crack. Makes me wonder if this is supposed to be a “made you look” kind of graffiti. Or if they’re just really bad at drawing arrows.

The person who was doing their mathematically-focused homework on the wall has finally found some paper, and left their textbook at the study desk; apparently the topic at hand is econometric analysis. They’ve also made at least a token effort to erase most of the problem set they wrote on the wall.

Someone noticed the Aldous Huxley quote about the only useful traveling guidebook being one’s own, and pragmatically suggested Lonely Planet as well.

The persistence of poetry

Talking of MichaelangeloMore additions have come to the T.S. Eliot piece on the 5th floor that got vicious a few weeks ago. After uploading the photos from today, I realized that the evolution of this piece isn’t what I initially thought. If you compare the original version of the poem and the one I thought Facilities had edited, the contents are actually the same– Facilities painted over the entire piece, and the writer re-created it in full, albeit in a smaller hand.

Then, of course, things got ugly; instead of a comment about it being a cliche like the first time, we got a surprisingly vicious tirade that was subsequently dismissed.

But, just as nature persists in the form of grass growing through cracks in the cement, the determined poet can sometimes triumph over vitriolic rantings in the Regenstein stacks. Today, I found that the previous exchange had been crossed out, and in its place the next line of the poem was written– slightly misquoted, but that’s hardly the point.

On authorship, graffiti, and disturbing the peace

<If you're going to act like an undergrad, goI dropped by the Seminary Co-op this morning, and indeed, you can now find “Crescat Graffiti” there on the shelves. Well, less “shelves” and more “the counter to the right of the right-hand cash register” (here’s a close-up).

At the moment, Hyde Park’s indie bookstores are the only place to get the book, since my personal living room distribution center is out of stock until Thursday or so. You can still e-mail me or use the PayPal link on the book page in the meantime, and I’ll let you know as soon as I can ship/you can pick up.

"Crescat Graffiti" at the Seminary Co-op

"Crescat Graffiti" at the Seminary Co-opI dropped by the Seminary Co-op this morning, and indeed, you can now find “Crescat Graffiti” there on the shelves. Well, less “shelves” and more “the counter to the right of the right-hand cash register” (here’s a close-up).

At the moment, Hyde Park’s indie bookstores are the only place to get the book, since my personal living room distribution center is out of stock until Thursday or so. You can still e-mail me or use the PayPal link on the book page in the meantime, and I’ll let you know as soon as I can ship/you can pick up.

Moira Cassidy, artist behind "not Quinn"

I recently heard from Moira Cassidy, who came forward as the artist behind the whiteboard doodle that looks uncannily like me. She’s a Chicago artist who posts her work on this blog– go check it out!

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