I love comiques.
COLUMBUS, Ga. — Ken Jennings, all-time Jeopardy! champion, and author of the New York Times best seller, Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks, will give a lecture at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at Columbus State University’s Riverside Theatre.
It’s free and open to the public.
Jennings, a map aficionado, will discuss the importance of geography and map collecting to our understanding of history and culture. He will be available after the lecture to autograph copies of his books. CSU’s Riverside Theatre is at 6 W. 10th St., in Uptown Columbus.
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Rumpus: There’s a moment in the final chapter of the book, about the final moments of Isabel’s life, in which you write “My memory collapses.” Is it possible to re-imagine what you can’t remember? My friend, the writer Emily Rapp, who just lost her baby, Ronan, to Tay-Sachs, likes to respond, “Yes, you can,” when people say, “I can’t imagine.” Where you can’t (or can’t stand to) remember, can you imagine? Can imagination and memory compensate for each other?
Hemon: I think they can. It requires an effort, agency, so that you want to imagine what is deemed as unimaginable. And even if you’ve never fully imagined it, it is essential that we approximate it as much as possible. It applies to the Holocaust and it applies to the suffering of Baby Ronan. Of course, it might be more comfortable not to do that, but then you operate in the world of entertainment, where all the difficult questions are alighted or softened for easy consumption. This is a culture that continuously, consistently refuses to deal with the fact of death, on so many levels. From zombie and vampire movies, to the insane amount of death you can see at any moment on television or in the movie theaters, which makes it unreal, to the steady supply and pool of dreadful clichés when people talk about death. When the children in [Newtown] were killed and Obama said, “God called them home,” I wanted to break something.
But that’s not really for the parents or the children. It’s for the rest of us who do not want to think about it; the cliché activates the comfortable mental laziness, we sort of revert to the domain of the already-familiar, what we have already imagined so that it doesn’t seem that bad, and then slowly it slides out of view and then we think, Well, we will live forever.
you know what makes people better than other people? being nice. being nice is the greatest thing you can be and if you are a nice person who likes nickelback, you are better than a mean person who likes radiohead.
just tried to remember the name of the squid man on futurama and couldn’t, so I said “dr barnacles”
I offered to get Daniel a jimmy johns unwich for lunch