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[May. 10th, 2010|03:50 pm]
Luke White
Juggling and math are the same insofar as they're really tough until they're done, at which point they're trivial.

To be a little less aphoristic: both follow precise and invariant laws. Once the mind comprehends those laws (in one case through abstraction, in the other through muscle memory) there's nothing to it.

They're the opposite of stories, Umberto Eco's novel-as-a-lazy-machine, in which all the precision goes in at the front and a bunch of quanta of uncertainty stream out, to be lent precision by the observation of the reader. The clockwork goes in and the bird chimes out.

Which leads me to think that maybe people enjoy watching juggling because secretly they imagine themselves as the juggler, with all the uncertainty and humanity in the throwing and the catching, not the looking. While people write books because they first love to read.
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[User Picture]From: mushfromnewsies
2010-05-11 04:39 am (UTC)
Hey Luke! My family spent the afternoon and evening in Dowagiac, MI, visiting family (my paternal grandfather's sister and her son and daughter-in-law) who have a farm there. We drove past Niles on our way to Chicago. :D
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[User Picture]From: kesil
2010-05-11 08:47 pm (UTC)
you should have let me know you were nearby--we'd have been happy to give you some farm produce on your way! The maple syrup is especially good this year.
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