Posts Tagged: insects

I Will Not Die for You

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Each bug in the water is one less bug on my fruit, I tell myself, ignoring the truth: under the soil, another is born.

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The Election and the Ash Borer

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Does it matter what words a sign says when a symbol says so much more? A white X. A carved swastika. Things get torn down from less.

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Translating Kafka into Japanese

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The Berlin-based author Yoko Tawada recently remarked that one of the difficulties she faced when translating Kafka’s short story “Metamorphosis” into Japanese was that the associations Japanese people had with insects—even presumably giant beetles—were different to those of Europeans. In the Japan Times, Damian Flanagan traces the difficulties of translating “insect literature.”

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The Prettiest Cocoons You’ll Ever See

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If magpies can nick our shiny objects for their own purposes, why not other animals? French artist Hubert Duprat puts jewels in the aquariums of caddis fly larvae, obliging them to build their cocoon-like sheaths out of materials like gold and diamonds. The result is a breathtaking mix of nature and human design which raises all […]

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Morning Coffee

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Big Picture has a rad look at the buildings of the shanghai expo. US vs UK book covers, no-holds-barred cage match. I heart Japanese train station design. There is no good reason not to look at pictures of the Great Western Alpaca Show. The phrase of the day is “deadly insect ejaculate.”

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Science Saturday

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We begin with death today, specifically the smell of it. Apparently, insects all emit the same blend of fatty acids when they die, and that smell sends them scurrying. High cholesterol may reduce sexual arousal in women. Geckos can self-amputate their tails, which is a neat trick, but apparently the tails can twitch and flip […]

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