Thursday, October 14, 2010

Everywhere You
Go: Black Swans

Books, theories, movies, etc. Here's one song (there may be others).

Click here for clips from Richard Linklater's A Scanner Darkly. His roto-
scope version of Philip K. Dick's book makes brilliant use of the number.

Mike Whybark, Siffblog webmaster, also recommends Bruce Sterling's
2009 story "Black Swan." When I asked him about a possible connec-
tion between the story and the song, he pointed me to this link about
The Black Swan Theory
That entry, in turn, leads to Nassim Nich-
olas Taleb's 2007 book The Black Swan: The Impact of the High-
ly Improbable.
I tell you: black swans are everywhere these days!

P.S. One more. Click here for Bert Jansch performing "The Black Swan"
at Chicago's Empty Bottle in 2006. Thanks to ratzkywatzky for the tip!

Endnote: Black Swan opens in Seattle in December (ven-
ue TBA). Poster image from First Showing (click for more).

1 comment:

ratzkywatzky said...
Bert Jansch's recording of Black Swan, if you want to add some Scottish folk music to the list.