…So far, London 2012’s visual identity has been among the worst ever, making this year’s otherwise well-planned games something of a laughing stock. Take those awful mascots, for example. Supposedly modeled on droplets of steel fallen from the stadium, Wenlock and Mandeville’s huge cyclops eyes make them sinister rather than cute. These widely parodied robots are essentially cuddly surveillance cameras. They’ve also been compared to sex toys and even linked to a cult conspiracy theory.
Believer reviews editor Daniel Levin Becker wrote a book about the Oulipo. An excerpt appeared in the February 2012 issue. I am considering taking a Megabus to Chicago to attend the above event, since Levin Becker is, like his book, generous, funny, and wise. Actually, I don’t think I have time to go to Chicago and back that weekend, but I will still pick up a copy of this book, which Kirkus described as “more palatable than expected.” I’m sold.
“Whatever sense of professional competence we feel in adult life is less the sum of accomplishment than the absence of impossibility: it’s our relief at no longer having to do things we were never any good at doing in the first place…”