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Mona Lisa - Overdrive
Sunday, August 13, 2017


Bronwen - Mona Lisa

She was waiting in the car and she didn’t like it. She didn’t like waiting anyway, but the wiz she’d done made it really hard. She had to remind herself not to grit her teeth, because whatever Gerald had done to them, they were still sore. She was sore all over, now she thought about it. Probably the wiz hadn’t been such a great idea.
Mona Lisa Overdrive – William Gibson

The name of the dense lump of cybernetic hardware that Bobby Newmark's consciousness is jacked into is a direct reference to the short story "The Aleph" by Argentinian author Jorge Luis Borges. The titular Aleph is a point in space which contains all other points, and if one were to gaze into the Aleph one would be able to see or experience the entirety of existence.
Mona Lisa Overdrive – Wikipedia

El Aleph – The Face of Beatriz

With no work and more time, there is ample opportunity to be a thinking human. And because I am a thinking human I tend to associate one thing with another that not might have any obvious connection. For more of that, look up who Bunny Watson is. Bunny Watson has been my inspiration since I began this blog back in January 2006.

The scanned Fuji FP-3000B Instant Film peel (what you get when you peel the print off) and now sadly discontinued I put away in my memory after I filed it.

Today I thought about it. I looked for it and then I made the connection of what in the picture was familiar to me. I would call this some sort of contemporary Mona Lisa. I photographed Bronwen (my Mona Lisa) in my former Chevrolet Malibu which was in our garage.

She is in a car which immediately in my imagination took me to William Gibson’s final novel of the cyberpunk sprawl trilogy (Neuromancer, Count Zero) Mona Lisa Overdrive.

It didn’t take long to find a paragraph of one of Gibson’s protagonists named Mona in a car. A further connection is that Gibson's novel is somewhat influenced by Jorge Luís Borges' El Aleph who is my favourite Argentine author.





     

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3/19/17 - 3/26/17

3/26/17 - 4/2/17

4/2/17 - 4/9/17

4/9/17 - 4/16/17

4/16/17 - 4/23/17

4/23/17 - 4/30/17

4/30/17 - 5/7/17

5/7/17 - 5/14/17

5/14/17 - 5/21/17

5/21/17 - 5/28/17

5/28/17 - 6/4/17

6/4/17 - 6/11/17

6/11/17 - 6/18/17

6/18/17 - 6/25/17

6/25/17 - 7/2/17

7/2/17 - 7/9/17

7/9/17 - 7/16/17

7/16/17 - 7/23/17

7/23/17 - 7/30/17

7/30/17 - 8/6/17

8/6/17 - 8/13/17

8/13/17 - 8/20/17

8/20/17 - 8/27/17

8/27/17 - 9/3/17

9/3/17 - 9/10/17

9/10/17 - 9/17/17

9/17/17 - 9/24/17

9/24/17 - 10/1/17

10/1/17 - 10/8/17

10/8/17 - 10/15/17

10/15/17 - 10/22/17

10/22/17 - 10/29/17

10/29/17 - 11/5/17

11/5/17 - 11/12/17

11/12/17 - 11/19/17