Small Object of Desire #89 – Emotion

This song, Feeling Uneasy, is startling because for pretty much all of its 2 minutes and 50 seconds, Etta James manages to let you know exactly why she is feeling uneasy without using any words except for a couple of lords and the title of the song said once right at the end. The rest is the incomparable Etta James emoting via oohs, aahs, yowls, a bit of scat singing. You feel her pain for sure.

Stirring, startling stuff!


Small Objects of Desire #88 – Live Art

I have long admired the way in which artist Joshua Sofaer approaches the participatory aspect of his practice. It is always very considered whatever mood it invokes – philosophical, humorous, inventive, bold, reflective, excavatory. Or cheekily clever, as in this nugget of a film below where he explains the term ‘Live Art’ on London’s Oxford Street. It’s clear to see that people on the street are engaging with him. But why? You’ll need to watch until the end of the film to find out.

Small Object of Desire #87 – Purple Googly-Eyed Stubby Squid

Just look at it! Adorable, right? How can you resist? Is it one of those plastic toys you squeeze rhythmically for stress relief?  Or maybe it’s a cute animated character? The latest emoji?

In fact, it’s a real creature of the deep with Latin name Rossia pacifica and not a true squid even though it looks like a cross between that and an octopus. In fact, it’s more along the lines of a cuttlefish. Stubby squid? A purple, googly-eyed stubby squid?

Stubby squid. That everyday name doesn’t sound like it belongs to a grown-up kind of animal. Or like an animal that wants its dignity to be taken seriously.

I’m so glad God has a sense of humour. Find out more at Time Magazine.






Small Object of Desire #86 – What Each Person on a Blockbuster Movie Gets Paid

A breakdown of what everyone working on a $200 million movie makes, that is.

This falls firmly in the box containing: things you might have wondered about at some point but haven’t been curious enough to investigate. Or things you didn’t think you wanted to know until someone very thoughtfully did all the legwork and presented it in a neat little video that just plopped into your inbox.

It goes on a bit but I suppose a budget that blockbuster huge takes a correspondinly substantial army of people to bust those blocks.