"Writing about music is like dancing about architecture."
Frank Zappa was wrong. The very reason that we have language, symbolism and art is because the world is self-similar. A part can represent the whole. A story can have many levels: it can be social criticism, philosophical expostition and superficial comedy all at the same time. And just as one piece of art can describe the world, one piece of art can describe another.
!star_th.row.er* (named after the essay by naturalist Loren Eisely) is an exploration of the connection between various forms of art, in search of a larger symbolism of and symmetry with the world. Begun in June of 1996, it will never be anywhere near completion. It is divided into sixteen circular quasi-categories, but there are plenty of paths between any two sections.
Feel free to get lost in it.
- mattt chisholm