A bit more of an international flavor today. Italian physicists, Swedish Craftsmen and a UK-based Nigerian musician. Covering a lot of the globe today, so let's get started.
Apparently, I'm trying to break my brain.
Carlo Rovelli is an Italian theoretical physicist and writer. His work first entered my orbit thanks to Coralie Bickford-Smith's gorgeous design of his Seven Brief Lessons on Physics. Over the years, more of Rovelli's books found their way into my design feeds thanks to the talented work of Jason Booher.
The Order of Time has popped up from time to time in Libby (where I do most of my audiobook listening). As a hard sci-fi fan of long-standing, this book was tempting. But also daunting. I assumed the amount of math-centric discussion would outpace my art-major brain by leaps and bounds. But a 4-hour audiobook read by Benedict Cumberbatch seemed surmountable. Possibly.
Being totally transparent, I am not smart enough to wrap my head around many of the concepts Rovelli relates throughout the book, and I know a missed a ton via audiobook. But I do know that his beautiful and engaging writing style made the dense nature of Time so much more accessible than I imagined.
I picked up Helgoland (because more books are always the answer) at my local bookshop to see if I could retain more reading Rovelli analog. It worked. I think? Grabbing physical copies of the other two finds me with a small stack of reading that is slowly trying to break my brain. But in a good way? Like, that first time at the gym - lifting too much due to an overly-optimistic outlook of your abilities. Or at least that's what I'm assuming.
These are a beautiful set of books that encourage you to break out of your comfort zone and think some very big thoughts. I highly recommend them.
Love HulténLove Hultén is a Swedish audiovisual artist and craftsman who is creating some of the best functional art today for the A/V geek at heart. His custom video game and synth "sculptures," for lack of a better word, are stunning in a way that is truly unexpected.
Every new piece from Love Hultén pushes me closer and closer to pulling that trigger on building my own arcade cabinet. Talk about life goals...