The Persistence of Ang Lee

"A swallow cannot know the lofty ambitions of an eagle." -Chinese proverb I have a friend who has an Oscars party every year. I don't hold any celebrations, but I'm in awe of those in the movie magic industry. There's something enchanting about stories brought to life through the immediacy of the visual realm. When I think about Oscars, my mind focuses on Ang Lee. The Taiwanese director is one of only seven living directors who have won the Directors Guild of America Award more than … [Read more...]

Wool on The NYT List

Yauh Fansou: to know what to do and how to do itWheelwright Bin saw Duke Wuhn of the state of Chaih (?-643 B.C.) studying one day. Wheelwright Bin argued that the book would not be helpful to the duke, saying, "I'm a wheelmaker and I'll take this as an example. When I'm making a wheel, I know it will not be any good if I do it too fast or too slow. I understand how to do it well by myself. As for the art (fansou) of wheel-making, I've got it all in my mind, but I just can't explain it. It's hard … [Read more...]