The Future

Thanks to Matthew P. for sending me this link to the CBC’s Bob MacDonald’s Quirks and Quarks episode on “What Does the Future Hold?“–a special episode on listener predictions.

Incidentally, “quark” is a word the physicist Murray Gell-Mann found in James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake (1939), surely the novel most like quantum mechanics in terms of difficulty and weirdness.

I hope you’re having fun reading Octavia Butler’s “Bloodchild” and Kurt Vonnegut’s Galapagos. On Friday, we’ll begin by talking about Spike Jonze’s Her in relation to Frankenstein and the Pygmalion myth (which you may remember from such movies as My Fair Lady, Weird Science, Pretty Woman, Mighty Aphrodite, Lars and the Real Girl and Ruby Sparks). The Pygmalion plot is itself a version of the Prometheus plot, in which the creator falls in love with his (or, less often, her) creation: in other words, you could see the Pygmalion as “Prometheus meets Narcissus, with Oedipus dropping in as a third wheel.” We’ll talk about that more on Friday.

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