Archive for April 2012
Ze Frank is back with a new show. It’s very nice to see, and so far I’d say I’ll remember it in five years as fondly as I recall The Show. I think this is the best episode he’s posted so far.
Very interesting story of the peculiar kind of intelligence we’re still learning to perceive in octopi. For example:
One octopus Mather was watching had just returned home and was cleaning the front of the den with its arms. Then, suddenly, it left the den, crawled a meter away, picked up one particular rock and placed the rock in front of the den. Two minutes later, the octopus ventured forth to select a second rock. Then it chose a third. Attaching suckers to all the rocks, the octopus carried the load home, slid through the den opening, and carefully arranged the three objects in front. Then it went to sleep. What the octopus was thinking seemed obvious: “Three rocks are enough. Good night!”
I’ve told you how much I love deep-dives from the LRB and NYRB, this “Letter from Guatemala” is almost as good as similar things in those magazines. A few more things like this come across my lap and I might have to start closely following the LARB. If they focus on Latin America and the Pacific I’m already sold.