hedgehog对《The Last Launch》的笔记(18)

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The Last Launch
  • 书名: The Last Launch
  • 作者: Yi-Fu Tuan
  • 副标题: Messages in the Bottle
  • 页数: 160
  • 出版社: George F. Thompson Publishing
  • 出版年: 2015
  • 第18页
    I name "my favorite" books, works of art, and places, an innocent-sounding undertaking that turns out to be surprisingly revealing of the sort of person I am. I now feel stripped of all my defensive armor.
    2015-06-05 15:11:52 回应
  • 第30页
    This last example of precocity is one that I use when friends ask me, out of solicitousness for my solitary bachelorhood, "Why don't you keep a god as pet?" I see their point. But a dog will not do. Why? Well, if I put it to bed, it might lick my hand. If I put a young child to bed, he might give me a hug. So I get affection from both. But my demanding nature is such that the cure for my lonely state cannot just be a warm lick or a hug. I need more -- and that more is a cuddly being who, on the verge of sleep, can pop the question, "Yi-Fu, why don't I see two of you?"
    2015-06-13 23:57:36 回应
  • 第47页
    I conclude that human beings, ever eager to feel in control, are reluctant to accept the play of chance and accident in their lives. It was rejected before the modern era such that, when an unexpected event occured, it was attributed to a supernatural agent, who then could be ceremonially thanked or propitiated. In this way, people regained a sense of control. We moderns are reluctant to appeal to supernatural agency. We recognize chance and accident but subsume it under statistical probability, a mathematical notion that underlies insurance. And insurance against accident is one of the means by which we moderns regain a sense of control.
    2015-06-14 00:00:57 回应
  • 第50页
    Does travel broaden the mind? ... The answer is that we are not as comfortable with the new as we like to think. We shield ourselves against it by traveling with baggages of the well-known, especially well-known ideas. So equipped, we can go the proverbial end of the earth and not leave home.
    2015-06-14 00:04:25 回应
  • 第68页
    But would God want to see the landscape in perspective and in vivid colors, as though through human eyes? That moment at the museum in Sydney was, for me, a revelation. What I believed to be real had never existed, and what I thought was scientific was just human fantasy.
    2015-06-15 16:46:20 回应
  • 第53页
    The parting of friends used to be a serioous matter. A common theme in traditional poems is that of a man getting on his horse to leave for a distant post. As soon as he turns around, the friend who sees him off can feel keen loss, for the face of traveler fades immediately, its endearing contour and hue not recoverable by mental effort. Prior to instant communication, it was this awareness of yawning space -- and the time it took to overcome it --- that made parting between friends a lacerating experience.
    2015-06-15 16:51:49 回应
  • 第80页
    People want to connect. A pause in conversation is a break in that connection. Dreading it, a good hostess uses all her skills to create a bublle of social noise into which guests can plunge and feel connected, even though nothing is really said. As the noise level rises at a cocktail party, I am reminded of the same surge in noise where monkey gather. What information or knowledge is being exchanged? Can one confidently say that the content of human cacophony in the drawing room is superior to that of monkeys in the rainforest?
    2015-06-16 15:32:07 回应
  • 第83页
    As a customary, at the end of my presentation, the chairman of our panel asked for questions. One suave and confident-looking man raised his hand and said, "Well, your paper is quite entertaining, but I don't believe a word of it until you put it in quantitative terms or in mathematical language, When are you going to do it?" Without a pause I answered, "Oh, I know exactly when I will do it, and it is when you can pose your question to me in quantitative terms or in mathematical language." Laughter broke up the session. I felt good, but should I? After all, I stopped further exchange by making my point.
    2015-06-16 15:36:52 回应
  • 第110页
    Like a fond grandfather, I have many wishes for the young men and women among my readers. The one that I wish to share is this: May you have the same destiny as I have --- that, in the remote future when your spectables slide down your nose and your voice, like mine, turns to childish treble, you will carry, figuratively speaking, a backpack such that wise and curious children seeyou as a student still open to life.
    2015-06-19 15:13:09 回应
  • 第146页
    The homosexual man or woman, to the extent that he or she choose to be exempt from the chores of raising children and maintaining a family, has the priviledge of being their spectator. Rather than being observed, we do the observing. Rather than providing flamboyant parades to entertain straight couples and their families, we observe their spoony martial bliss, their endearing pride in offspring, as well as, on the flip side, the cloying intimacies of their legal union.
    2015-06-23 15:11:25 回应
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