Our sense of smell can be extraordinarily precise, yet it’s almost impossible to describe how something smells to someone who hasn’t smelled it… We see only where there is light enough, taste only when we put things into our mouths, touch only when we make contact with someone or something, hear only sounds that are loud enough to hear. But we smell always and with every breath. Cover your eyes and you will stop seeing, cover your ears and you will stop hearing, but if you cover your nose and stop smelling, you will die.The science of smell, the most powerful yet perplexing of our senses (via explore-blog)
Spider drove a taxi
Filmmaker Joshua Weinstein interviewed Johnnie “Spider” Footman, a New York taxi driver from 1945 until his death in 2013 as part of a larger project about New York cabbies. This segment was published in the New York Times in December 2013.
1. Although he never says it directly, Footman’s attitude toward driving cabs comes across very clearly. How does Footman feel about the work of a New York taxi driver? Which of his statements reveal his attitude most clearly? (Be sure to listen all the way to the end.)
2. Weinstein combines Footman’s narration with both video of the interview and other related images. How well does the combination work to create a unified document? Which image(s) did you find most effective? Why?
3. Imagine that you climb aboard Footman’s taxi one day, and he’s in a conversational mood. What might you want to talk with him about? What would you like to ask him, or tell him about yourself? How might he answer you? Write a dialogue between you and Footman illustrating how the conversation might go. Although you are representing dialogue, use standard edited English spellings and sentence structure in your writing.