Friday, February 21, 2014
Let's Do Nothing by Toby Fucile illustrates the perplexity of the concept of nothing. The book tells the story of two boys who, after concluding that they have "done it all," decide to do nothing.
The trouble is that doing nothing is not easy. If you blink, you're not doing nothing. If you open your eyes, you're not doing nothing, but if you close them, you're not doing nothing. Finally the boys conclude, "There is no way to do nothing."
What do we mean when we say we are doing nothing? What would it mean to do nothing? Is it impossible to do nothing if you're alive?What exactly is nothing? Can "nothing" exist?
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
In The Hole by Øyvind Torseter, a man is moving into a new home, and he notices a hole in the apartment. The hole seems to move around, appearing in a wall, on the floor, in a door, etc.
The man makes a phone call, saying, "I've found a hole . . . in my apartment . . . it keeps moving . . . take it with me . . . to you?" Attempting to capture the hole in a box, he heads out the door with the box and takes it to a lab for tests.
The book has a die-cut hole that runs through the entire book, and in every page the hole is part of the story.
Are holes part of the world? Are they physical objects? What are they made of? If they're made of nothing, how do we perceive them? What makes something a hole? Does it have a shape? Do holes really exist? If you fill a hole, is it no longer a hole?