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Saturday, October 27, 2012

30 Days of Photographs III: Kafkaesque

Day 27 of 30 Days of Photographs III. Finally the day everyone's been waiting for. Good luck today, you're going to need it.

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Kafkaesque




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  1. mikewjattoomanymorningsOctober 27, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Kafkaesque is totally a word, despite what your post's tag asserts. Go ahead, look it up in your dictionary. I'll wait right here.

    Bwahahahaha!

    P.S. -- Brilliant, inspired photo, Ziva. I hate you.

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  2. I know it's a word, you idiot. I've just been thinking about it so much for the past three weeks that I wish it wasn't.

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  3. Kafkaesque is a word, a very, very depressing word, but a word nonetheless.

    This is one helluva clever photo. I love that you have "The Fundamental Practices of Accounting" on your bookshelf. Isn't it a great read?

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  4. Yes, I know it's a word, just wishing it wasn't. ;)

    Thanks, Cheryl. :) Did you also see "1001 Ways to Better Bookkeeping" on the left there? I've read it three times now.

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  5. I knew you knew but I really needed to make a point about how depressing it is for MikeWJ's beneifit in hopes he stops choosing prompts that are damn near impossible to flip into something positive. I probably should have put that part down under his comment but I know he always comes back to your posts like a moth to a flame.


    When I saw "1001..." I wondered why you didn't keep it closer to the other accounting books. Doesn't it make it harder to find what you're looking for when your reference books aren't sorted by subject?

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  6. Haha, I thought this was one of the prompts you were actually looking forward to? ;)

    It does make it harder, but that's what makes this bookcase so Kafkaesque, don't you think?

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  7. mikewjattoomanymorningsOctober 27, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    I know you knew it was a word. And, as I point out in my post, you understood it much better than I did. The concept for this photo blows my mind. In one picture, you capture the essence of one of Kafka's major themes, which is that the world order is often baffling, absurd and maddening. I never would've thought of this in a million years. So, like a child of 12, which I might be emotionally, I made fun of you instead.

    I hate this prompt. It has left me feeling inadequate, and thick-headed.

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  8. mikewjattoomanymorningsOctober 27, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    Ziva's the flame, I'm the moth? I prefer to think it's the other way around, Cheryl.

    And what's wrong with this prompt? Why do we need to turn things positive? Can't some things just be sad and depressing!? Must we Xanax life itself to avoid pain!?

    Now I need a drink. Five or six, in fact. This has bummed me out, and maybe I can get a photo of myself facedown on the floor for Blackout. I've got nothing for it, either. Stupid challenge.

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  9. Dear Michael, what you prefer to think and what actually is the truth are often two very different things.

    Love,
    The Flame

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  10. Oh hell yes I was and am still looking forward to what everyone posts for this one. I didn't find it hard at all. When I put my post together I looked at it and was immediately depressed. I almost went with another photo and added a back story to explain it. Since I'm trying not to explain things this time around (don't ask me why I decided THAT would be a good idea), I left it alone.


    As for the bookcase, you're absolutely right. It wouldn't truly be Kafkaesque if anything about it was easy.

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  11. Michael, referring to you as the moth actually elevated your status in my worldview way above that of humans. You really should take your compliments where you can get them.


    There's nothing wrong with the prompt but you know damn well it's everything that isn't uplifting.

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  12. i've read ALL of those books. i can tell you that much.

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  13. How absurd! Books backwards. LMAO Love it but than again I love Kafka.

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  14. You didn't need this prompt for that.

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  15. Who knew Kafka collected telephone directories.

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  16. Not nice, dufus. Funny as hell, but definitely rubbing salt into the wound.

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  17. I struggled when trying to choose which one to read but then realized it was futile, anyway. I grabbed one and got "50 Shades of Gray" and then attempted to gouge out my own eyes.

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  18. I see everyone else got up early to get their full enjoyment of this prompt. Me? I was so depressed I had to sleep in. But then I kept having nightmares of turning into a bug. Damn it! Guess I should have stayed up all night reading "The Fundamental Practices of Accounting" to take my mind off things.

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  19. I'm sure you read them but it's a simple and nice photo!

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  20. em ot esnes sekam

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  21. I like how you used the Dewey Decimal system to keep your books in order! This is a brilliant take on the theme. Now I'm starting to think that you were behind it after all, probably planted the idea in Mike's head after his seventh shot of tequila.

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  22. Behind each book is a print-out from Google Maps telling us how to exit our neighborhoods.

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  23. Hah!! This idea didn't come to me until a couple of days ago. Up until then, I hated Mike, just like the rest of you.

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  24. Thanks Coco! And yes, I have read them all
    . ;)

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  25. I don't need my copy right now, you can borrow it!

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  26. Oh, I'm so sorry! In my defence, though, there are a couple of nice scenes in there. Never mind the writing.

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  27. I'll need it tonight after reading all these Kafkaesque posts... anything to get my mind off of the pointlessness of life.

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  28. Yeah..."The Fundamental Practices of Accounting" will surely help with that..

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  29. Hah! Today, "absurd" is about the best compliment ever. ;)

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  30. You say "hated" like it is over. Interesting.

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  31. I could never hate Mike for very long. He's like a puppy, you can't help but love him.

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  32. Yeah, I hate it when that happens.

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  33. This is so good that I forgot to leave a comment this morning. The futility of choosing the right book, or maybe....maybe the pages are all blank!Ahhhhhhh!

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  34. I will give you 60 seconds. Please find "Data Structures & Algorithm Analysis".

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  35. Before this challenge, I never would have understood this.But thanks to this crazy word, and my many google searches... I GET IT!

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  36. Hah! It was ALL Michael, thank him. ;)

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  37. The books were old and well worn, the cover of one of them had nearly broken through in its middle, and it was held together with a few threads. "Everything is so dirty here," said K., shaking his head, and before he could pick the books up the woman wiped some of the dust off with her apron. K. took hold of the book that lay on top and threw it open, an indecent picture appeared. A man and a woman sat naked on a sofa, the base intent of whoever drew it was easy to see but he had been so grossly lacking in skill that all that anyone could really make out were the man and the woman who dominated the picture with their bodies, sitting in overly upright postures that created a false perspective and made it difficult for them to approach each other. K. didn't thumb through that book any more, but just threw open the next one at its title page, it was a novel with the title, What Grete Suffered from her Husband, Hans. "So this is the sort of law book they study here," said K., "this is the sort of person sitting in judgement over me.”

    ― Franz Kafka, The Trial

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  38. This quote makes me want to read some Kafka.... :)

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