I’m taking a topical detour today to highlight some of the fun blogging (including some science) happening around the May blogathon.
- Jennifer Fink over at Blogging ‘Bout Boys posted about a Minnesota case where a judge has required that a 13-year old boy undergo chemotherapy. Talk about a heart-wrenching case and it’s not clear cut, and Jenny wonders whether the judge got it wrong.
- Over at Polka Dot Suitcase, Kate Reilly gave me a lovely blast back to one of my childhood favorites, Captain Kangaroo. Don’t miss the posts of her trusted featured blogger, Sir Buffalo Sushi. You’ll see more of her soon: she’s gracing Webb of Science with her creative fun for guest post day on May 21.
- Rosie Colombraro at Trust the Universe marvels at springtime and its smells, not lilacs or fresh-cut grass, but asparagus (and that smell that it lends to pee!). I couldn’t help but chuckle.
- At BIKE with Jackie, Jackie Dishner is offering up advice and tools for making fresh starts this month. BIKE is her metaphor for moving forward and getting through tough times (and yes, there are two-wheeled ones, too!).
- Nancy Hall of Floating Ink is fitting art into her everyday life. Recently she’s built wall hangings and painted late-night watercolors. Those I can enjoy from a distance, but I’d love it if she’d send me some ham and biscuits sometime.
It’s hard to believe that we’re nearly two thirds of the way through the May blogging challenge. I’m having a lot more fun with the project than I imagined that I could, both as a writer and as a reader.
It’s Havidol— the cure for all that ails modern society! Though it looks like a real ad, it’s actually Justine Cooper‘s art, a whole campaign that’s a fascinating commentary on direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising. Yes, we all want to feel our best, and we’d love it if a pill could do that for us.
Justine spoke on Monday afternoon at a regional event in NYC, co-sponsored by the National Association of Science Writers and CUNY Science & the Arts. Her Havidol project (and her current project about medical simulations) have these wonderful layers. The design itself is slick, the irony is uncanny, and there’s even an interactive component. Yes, people have emailed to ask her how to both get this drug and publications have asked her about whether she’d like to buy advertising pages.
Her presentation left me with a lot to chew on about my own work, particularly this interactive piece. I love the level of depth and irony that she’s able to achieve, and her drive to involve her audience in what she’s doing. The internet is a wonderful tool for making art participatory, and that probably is an overarching goal of blogging for almost anyone. But part of finding that interactive piece is finding where you want to meet people. What nerves do you want to hit? What messages do you want them to think about?
It’s now day 14 of the May blog-a-thon, and I’m slowly getting glimmers of answers to those questions for myself. The more I post, the more I learn about what I want to say. The more feedback I get, the more I learn about that interactive piece. But, until this week, I hadn’t really wrapped my mind about the internet as a new artistic medium– like paints or clay or paper. Coming to writing from science, I’m still learning how to do preliminary “play”– throwing around words and seeing what happens (we should be very happy that chemists carefully plan safe experiments). This blog is a canvas, a hunk of clay, a theatre piece that I’m workshopping.
I don’t believe in the art and science divide: they’re both highly creative endeavors. It’s the approaches that are truly different, at least in my world. And I’m having fun getting in touch with my inner artist.