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78 planetariums

Zeiss Planetarium, Berlin


Galileo Galilei Planetarium, Buenos Aires


Armagh Planetarium, Armagh, Northern Island


Adler Planetarium, Chicago


Silesian Planetarium, Chorzow, Poland


Planétarium Rio Tinto Alcan de Montréal


Alexandria Planetarium, Alexandria, Egypt


Bristol Planetarium, Bristol


Deep Sky Planetarium, Valencia, Spain


Bangkok Planetarium


Infoversum, Groningen, Netherlands


India Gandhi Planetarium, Lucknow


Dr Bheem Rao Ambedkar Planetarium, Rampur, India


Planetarium Jakarta


The McLaughlin Planetarium, Toronto


Hayden PLanetarium, New York City


Birla Planetarium, West Bengal, India


Centennial Planetarium, Calgary


APJ Abdul Kalam Planetarium, Odisha


Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium, Edmonton


Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium, Jersey City


Moderna Planetarium, Lisbon


Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Brisbane


The Planetarium at UT Arlington


ESO Supernova Planetarium, Darmstadt


Planetarium Hamburg, Hamburg


The Flandrau Planetarium, Phoenix, AZ


Perlan Planetarium, Reykjavik


James S McDonnell Planetarium, St. Louis


College of San Mateo Planetarium, San Mateo, CA


Moscow Planetarium, Moscow


Esplora Planetarium, Malta


Charles W. Brown Planetarium, Muncie, Indiana


Fleischmann Planetarium, Reno, Nevada


Nagoya City Planetarium, Nagoya, Japan


The Patricia and Phillip Frost Planetarium, Miami


Brno Planetarium, Brno


RVCC Planetarium, Branchburg, NJ


Tycho Brahe Planetarium, Copenhagen


Gonbad Mina Planetarium, Tehran, Iran


Nehru Planetarium, Mumbai


Nehru Planetarium, New Delhi


Winchester Planetarium, Winchester, UK


Saunders Planetarium, Tampa, FL


Palomar College Planetarium, San Marcos, CA


El Planetario Municipal, Cuenca, Ecuador


Irene W. Pennington Planetarium, Louisiana


Delta College Planetarium, Bay City MI


Planétarium de Bretagne, Pleumeur-Bodou


Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium, Laredo, TX


Funabashi Planetarium, Funabashi, Japan


Planétarium de Bruxelles, Brussels


London Planetarium


Peter Harrison Planetarium, London


Planetarium of Omar Khayyam, Tehran


Old Sharjah Planetarium, Tehran


Sri Sathya Sai Planetarium, Puttaparthi, India


Planetarium No. 1. St. Petersburg, Russia


National Museum Planetarium, Manila


Tarleton Science Planetarium, Stephenville, TX


Buhl Planetarium, Allegheny


Naypyitaw Planetarium, Naypyitaw, Myanmar


Griffith Observatory Planetarium, Hollywood, CA


Temple of Vedic Planetarium, Mayapur, India


Fakieh Planetarium, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Zeiss Planetarium, Bochum, Germany


Tashkent Planetarium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Richard Neutra Planetarium, Costa Mesa, CA


The Kuwait National Planetarium


Donald E. Bianchi Planetarium, Northridge, CA


Buehler Planetarium, Davie, FL


Melaka Planetarium, Malacca, Malaysia


Walter W. Cordes Planetarium, Cincinatti


Lausanne Planetarium, Lausanne


Akashi Municipal Planetarium, Kobe, Japan


Ghana Science Planetrium, Accra


Penza Planetarium, Penza, Russia


Scobee Planetarium, San Antonio College, Texas




p.s. RIP Tom Rapp (Pearls Before Swine), Gerrit Lansing. ** Kier, Hi, Kier! Hi, buddy! Oh, thank you! Yeah, I saw that at some point, and it’s, as you can imagine, crystal meth for my imagination. I could watch that all day. Thank you, pal. How are you? How’s school and art and everything? Big crazy love, Dennis. ** David Ehrenstein, Hi. Ah, we all have our crosses to bear. Good morning! ** Steve Erickson, Yeah, the Burden documentary isn’t bad, especially for those who aren’t very familiar with his work, which is what documentaries are always for, I guess. ** Sypha, Hi. Possible about the Burden screen test, but he would have been awfully young. Congrats on essentially finishing your collection! Ha ha, James, sometimes one needs to sit back and dream/think one’s way gradually into the next piece of writing for a bit. Do some busy work. Something creative but in a different way that leaves your brain’s core loose and malleable. I have the blog to keep me busy when I’m not inspired and driven. Do you ever write poems? I like the ending of your dream. Well, I like the dream, but the ending lit its candles. I know zip about dreams or their interpretations, but maybe the eyes of dream maestro Bernard will fall upon your comment, and he’ll commence? ** Dóra Grőber, Hi! My great pleasure, of course. Your uneventful day sounds kind of eventful. It’s ultimately about the event’s effects, I think? Spoken as someone whose day wasn’t wildly eventful either, of course. But I did kind of break through my writing torpor. I’d been trying to force myself to work on the assignment by not working on the film script, but then I realized doing that could get in me in the mood, so I did some film script writing, and I think, once I manage to  tear myself away from the film script, I’ll be in the zone since the assignment is a script too. That’s the plan. So tentative de-blockage. I guess I’ll have to write to our producer and ask about the press agent. Usually Zac does that stuff, but he’s busy helping a friend rebuild/revamp their new apartment day to night right now. Anyway, my day was okay. I think I mentioned that my belated birthday gift from Zac is an overnight trip to my favorite amusement park Efteling in Holland, and yesterday it got confirmed that we’ll go on this coming Sunday/Monday, and I’m jazzed. How was today? Did you find worthy things to do with your positive energy? ** JM, Hi. Oh, that’s fascinating. About the rehearsals and the discovery of the proper rhythm. From working with Gisele Vienne on her theater works, I think I know what you mean. Rhythm is such a huge factor. With Zac’s and my film, finding the right rhythm via editing was almost the biggest thing of all. Great! I know ‘The Reflecting Skin’, which I like very much, but I don’t believe I know his plays. I will today go see what I can find about those two plays you suggested, and of the course the one you’re producing. Thank you. That’s all very exciting to hear. I would love to hear more about how the production goes along the way if you feel like it. I’m a big process junkie. And thank you very much for hooking me up with that essay by Joseph McElroy, a great writer indeed. Someone I need to make a spotlight post about post-haste in fact. I’ll devour that greedily. Very cool that you like McElroy’s work. Everyone, JM has hooked us up with a new essay by the great writer Joseph McElroy which I can safely very highly recommend even before I read it today myself since McElroy is a literary god. The essay is at the excellent site ‘electronic book review,’ and it’s called ‘Forms of Censorship; Censorship As Form’, and it’s here. As I’ve said, there are these sales agents who handle our film’s future, and I will write to them today to ask if they’ll submit the film to the New Zealand International Film Festival. That would be a great thing. Thanks again. Your comment and getting to talk with you is a great pleasure. ** Jamie, こんにちは, Jamie! Very happy the Chris Burden work snuck into you. He’s a great artist. And he was a very strange and wonderful person. During my three year stint as a guest instructor in UCLA’s sculpture department wherein Burden was a professor, I got to work beside him a bit. He was very intimidating but warm, to me at least. As I told Dora, I sort of snuck my way possibly out of my creative dead zone through the wrong entrance, and I think I feel the shackles softening a bit pre-melt. So, okay. Two hours of sleep?! I would die. If I get less than seven hours I am dead. They say it might snow here again today. I don’t believe it. The clouds are too transparent, but hey. Did you get in the zone? Did I get further in the zone? Only tomorrow will tell. ‘Neo Yokio’, no, don’t know it. It’s by the Vampire Weekend guy? Weird. Huh. A trailer must be easy to find at least. I will. Thanks. I probably said this before but if you ever find a way to see ‘Tamala 2010: A Punk Cat in Space’, seriously take that opportunity. Yes, I strangely (?) hear a compliment when I hear the words ‘too out-there and sprawling’. Not bad. Today I need to work, dig deeper into the zone, get really into the film script then, once I am, force myself to close that doc, open the assignment, and transfer the zone into it. No, those rides in Kier’s video aren’t real. Oh, my God, if only, even if people would probably die or get brain aneurisms at the very least. And no, I wouldn’t go on them. But I would kneel before them. ** Count Reeshard, Hi, Count, good to see you. Nice. I didn’t see ‘The Big Wheel’ in person. I did see ‘The Flying Steamroller’. That was mind blowing. Ha ha, oops, but I shouldn’t say that, about Alexicide. I used to know Alexis Smith a bit. Um, wow. I hadn’t heard about that. Chris was … complicated. Thanks, man! ** _Black_Acrylic, Hi. I really hope that Chris’s passing means a really big retrospective will be created that will tour the world including your part and mine. What was the outcome of your option discussions with the YnY crew? ** Misanthrope, Hi, G. Oh, okay, fair enough, of course. I don’t think of you as someone who’s all that interested in contemporary art in general, but perhaps I’m way wrong. I’ll skip the Eastwood even more than I was already planning to skip the Eastwood. Thank you for helping to save me. I think you should do both of those things with the CMBYN guys, very obviously. With very careful, tracks-erasing advance planning of course. And then I think you should auction them off afterwards on one of the master/slave sites. Well, except for Mr. Chalamet, whom I’m presuming you would brainwash and keep. He’s apparently in Paris, btw. Two people I know have seen him walking down the street this week. Both of them said the same thing: ‘Nice smile’.  ** Keaweston, Hey. I did like the story very much. It has the exciting qualities I associate with your writing, but there was something really new too, I thought, not sure I can pin that down. Something formal? Anyway, yeah, kudos and thank you a lot, man. I was thinking you might like Chris Burden. Cool. Ditzy and blond can be positives, right? I used to wish I was ditsy and blond. Not anymore. Ditzy blonds have a hard time aging well, I think. What am I saying? ** Armando, Howdy. Cool, he was a genius-y artist, I agree. I guess I’m just interested in the form of certain kinds of ceremonies, I don’t know why. Like the Olympics thing, award shows like the Oscars, … I find them relaxing. And I like studying how whoever makes them tries to refresh them and be inventive. Don’t know. Cheap, lowkey thrill. I’m pretty positive I’ll never read ‘War And Peace’ or ‘Les Misérables’ because I glanced inside them once and was completely uninterested in the way they’re written. That plus their being very long constitutes their death knell. I’ll look for Wade Radford’s work. I don’t know it. Really nice about Low retweeting your thing. Nice that they’re cool on top of making coolness. Good day to you! ** Okay. I realised the other day that I think there’s something strangely beautiful about looking at a whole lot of planetarium buildings, and I thought you guys out there might agree. Hence … See you tomorrow.


  1. Dennis, Captain Stargazin’ Coop!
    Planetariums (planetaria?) are probably the most perfect example of architecture that is, and is for, and does what it looks like, and as such might very well be the only semantically pure artificial form. Well, at least all those spherical ones. I mean, can you imagine an alien species landing on earth and looking at one of those massive tower-blocks and thinking ‘Oh, this must be where the 2-legged weirdos dwell’? But I bet they’d zero in on those big balls of glass and steel and whatnot and nod approvingly: ‘Ah, the local Eye. Yes. This must be it.’

    Hahah oh man I could only watch half of Kier’s video (Kier!! XXX) before starting to feel sick! My aforementioned aliens’ diagnostic when spotting on of those, if they existed: Zchhoownrh: ‘Airborne particle accelerator? Why? Have they not figured-out it works better underground?’ Glurgptyk: ‘No, Zchhwoonrh, those are torture devices: they did warn us the 2-legged weirdos were not very advanced yet’.

    Uh, to pick up your questions last time, that I so rudely ignored by vanishing into the ‘real life aether’ (how weird is that, that being connected through 0s and 1s can be more of a present state than going shopping for tomatoes down the road?), I’m fine, I think – nothing very exciting to disclose I’m afraid… I was just in Texas where, believe it or not, I did not see the sun for 4 days through dense clouds over the freezing cold weather and wind. WTF, right? But at least I gorged on tex-mex, and thought of you while wolfing down a Platus Gigantus of vegan nachos, lovingly smothered with black beans and cashew cheese and tempeh, yep. The Good Stuff.
    What about you my friend? Any exciting news?

  2. Hi!

    The ‘Nehru Planetarium (New Delhi)’ looks so different from the others. I’d visit that first.

    That actually sounds like a feasible plan! Transferring energy – or something like that. Does it work?
    Eh, I don’t know how you are with these must-write letters. I hate writing them and I always postpone doing so ’til the last moment. Anyway, did your producer reply? I keep my fingers so very crossed for the press agent!
    Aaah, such an amazing gift, yes! I can’t wait to hear everything about it!

    I turned my energies towards SCAB today, almost all day so far. The second issue’s submission period ends tomorrow and I got a few amazing last-minute submissions!
    How was the day on your end? Did it snow? It did here, in the morning.

  3. おはようございます Dennis!
    (I hope that’s worked and I’ve not said something creepy.)
    What a wonderful post! I saw it this morning and wanted to save it for when I wasn’t in a rush, but the next planetarium kept scrolling up and I couldn’t stop staring until it was done. There is indeed something weird and entrancing about looking at a whole bunch of planetariums. You know I’ve never been to one? I kind of thought they were an especially US thing, until this post. Thank you!
    Did you sneak into The Zone in disguise? How are the projects treating you or how are you treating them? I finished one animation script and it’s a sprawling unwieldy mess, but that’s the way it’s staying until I can bear to look at it again.
    I looked around for Tamala 2010 but found it tricky to find the full thing with English subtitles. It does look great though, so thanks for the tip. I think I was the only person in the world who liked Neo Yokio, and I really really liked it!
    What plans you got for Wednesday? My dream is to finish another cartoon script then crack on with a good chunk of my own screenplay before work.
    May your Wednesday be like the perfect peach, without any bruises or bad bits.
    Banana chewing love,

  4. hi dennis, i missed the burden yester so i check it now, ive alwasy disliked his later work but after watching the burden documentary i swung 360, its all great work

    that makes no fucking sense, 180 ?

    mr.cooper, i took your advice, ive now a blog up and its mostly new stuff, some of its in ny, some just last week but i think i need to push myself a lot more so i thank you for pressure, i do

    i hope this fucking link works


  5. Your blog has gotten insanely buggy. More than half the time I try posting a comment, it eats it and I have to back to denniscooperblog.com without anything after the .com in order to reload the blog.

    Anyway, when did “laser Floyd” shows become a big way for planetariums to make money off stoned teenagers? Do they still hold these? (Considering that DARK SIDE OF THE MOON was still something like the 102nd best-selling album on iTunes on their top 200 when I checked last week, I’d assume they do.) I was planning to go to one in my first few weeks of college with a group of friends but we got the date/time wrong.

    I appreciate the “hamster cage” layout surrounding the Hayden Planetarium.

  6. I’m assuming/hoping that most of these structures still function as planeteria, and have not been consigned to the chopping block like Toronto’s McLaughlin. Or is this another memento mori, like your Record Store post? Long ago, I attended a re-opening evening at the McLaughlin, for which Stevie Wonder had composed original music. The event included a survey of constellations representing astrological signs. When each of these was announced it was met with applause, save for Taurus, which curiously was booed. (I know nothing of astrology and the significance of this reaction remains lost on me.) Immediately a small group, all African-Americans, stood up and left. I noticed that Stevie was among their number. Immediately, two thoughts came to mind: Wonder’s music publishing company was named Black Bull — of course, he’s a Taurus! And the other: What does a blind guy get out of a planetarium?

  7. hey ding-dong, this is a niiiice post, really cool type of building to see architectural comparisons of. my favorites are the one in poland and in lausanne, they spoke to me. i’m doing pretty good, really wish i could have gone to the pgl screening u had for cast n crew but the timing was bad. it went well right? school and art’s alright, i’m working on a little solo show in one of the small school galleries right now, i saw u saw it on facebook. wish you could come!! it’s friday next week so i have a lot to get done, i’m getting photos printed, i’m staining these wood frames for them and that’s a lot of work, and a ton of boring small stuff i have to fix. but i think it’s gonna be good! it’s my farm show. my first sculptures too! i’m really into it, it’s so nice, i wanna keep doing that. i’m having a tutorial next week with mike sperlinger, the guy who wanted to try to set up a screening for pgl at cinemateket here you know? are you still in festival-phase of things, or is it something your pr/producer persons would want to think about now? um what else… i moved! last month, my old apartment was a nightmare really, there was no ventilation and it was making me sick a lot. my new place is sooo great, it’s like stupid great. there’s ice and snow here and it’s neverending and unlike u i just hate it!! i fell twice last week, and it takes so long to get anywhere cause you have to be careful. how are you? your usual self? big big hug!

  8. I’ve never been to a planetarium IRL so today’s post will be my proxy experience. Although Dundee does have Mills Observatory and I dare say that kind of thing would be on if I only ask. Just scrolling through these pictures feels all nice and serene.

    Re Yuck ‘n Yum compendium distribution, tomorrow I’ll contact Creative Dundee and get their input. I know there must be some nice independent distributors up here in Scotland somewhere. Sure CD can put us in contact.

    @ DC, could we ask you for a few words of blurb for a compendium foreword? It would be due in April and we could send you out a proof in advance. But busyness permitting, understood.

    I was excited to see that George Henry Longly is the next artist showing at the prestigious Palais de Tokyo in your neck of the woods. Back in 2009 I reviewed a show of his at the Generator for the Skinny, and he’s really gone on to hit the big time in the years since.

  9. Dennis, did you know that there are 78 Tarot cards in the Tarot deck? Must have been the reason for 78 planetariums! The stars and planets are certainly related to the cards, so coincidence or no, thought I should tell you. You’ve always got an underlying meaning, whether intended or not! There’s a great planetarium scene in La La Land, which I think you said you don’t want to see, but I loved both the scene and film – couldn’t help it, it won me over. Happy planets and stars to you, sir.

  10. Dennis, it’s possible I’m mistaking Burden with someone else!

    Oh, I’m like Alfred Hitchcock: whenever he didn’t have any projects in development he’d get very anxious and distraught. As for poems, no, I wrote some for creative writing courses in college and every now and then I’ll try one, but generally speaking when I try to do something in that abbreviated format more often than not they’ll take the form of song lyrics (as I do enjoy writing songs, even though I very rarely actually record myself singing the lyrics I write). I often fall back to composing music when I have nothing to write, and I suppose I could always get around to doing a new Sypha Nadon album, haven’t done one of those since 2015, I think it was (as in recent years I’ve been more focused on the +Passover- project). Every now and then I think of doing a new Boy Destroyer album (as it’s been forever since I did an album under that name), but I can’t do those kind of screechy screaming vocals anymore, my throat’s just not up to that kind of abuse anymore.

  11. Thanks so much about the writing. Your recognition and attention
    is priceless and devastating to fear. That one was a bit
    tricky, the lofty goal of course The Changling, the structure the
    basic ghost story: 2 guys go somewhere, theres talk of a ghost, theres
    hints of a ghost, the ghost is revealed, the reason for the ghost etc.
    And that house is more less one of my “set” houses lol. The bottom character
    was strong. Went to this party the other day, tops in red, bottoms in white,
    and versatiles in pink. Everyone in my town is vers, no wonder I feel awkward.
    Still have that wish I was a blond, but I think more blond power-bottom maybe.
    I love that cock-slobbering, needy, eat-the-whole-body bottom thing, but its not my style. I feel like when I fuck boys that I trip into one-dimension land and then drop them off, I don’t know. That one was so perfect, when something went over his head, he’d just sparkle for a minute. It is true, blond does not age gracefully. Only one planitarium in Pittsburg, saw a PF laser-light show there.

  12. Preemptive apologies for the fact this comment is gonna shape up to be super long.

    There’s a nice planetarium over here in an isolated corner of New Zealand (between Tekapo & Mt. Cook). I’ve always found them to be almost unnatural places, very transitory…. there are so many film giants who are totally wound up in editing! The film that jumps most immediately to mind is Michael Snow’s ‘Presents,’ the final hour is so tied to the process of the cut – certainly makes me even more excited about PGL! I have to take issue with your definition of the documentary form as something purely educational, though I’m aware you’re probably conscious of the murkiness of the genre yourself. I’m just inclined to add that (what I view as) the documentary greats all are mostly about their own fictionalization – the films of James Benning, Sharon Lockhart, and more recently the absolutely brilliant “Nathan For You: Finding Frances” — if you haven’t seen NFY, I totally recommend just checking out this 80-min episode. It’s one of the highest-order works of art I’ve seen, and very termite-art-like in scale (its artistry is hidden within the nest of a show that doesn’t promise much).

    Wicked cool to know you’re a process junkie. When I was real little and first reading stuff I was interested in as opposed to the prescribed stuff, I got into a lot of Stephen King and sometimes found myself skipping his short stories in order to get to him talking about the stories! I also think William H. Gass is a stronger non-fic writer than he is fiction, which is saying a lot considering his fiction is some of the best of all time… I still love Stephen King, I think he’s largely underestimated both by the general public who devour him and by the literary folk who defile him due to the widespread public love.

    Are you familiar with physical theatre? That’s the process I mostly engage with both as a performer/on the other side of the stage, which generally involves building a symbolic language through bodies & facial expression before you even imprint the script onto the scenes superficially. Dv8 theatre does this pretty well over in the UK.

    I am super onboard with the Chalamet love in the comments here. CMBYN is an interesting movie in that I think its portrayal of such a utopic/idyllic existence kind of loops around and becomes disturbing in the process.

    McElroy as literary god is something I totally subscribe to. What’s your fav? I have a soft spot for Actress in the House which noone seems to know very well.

    Just reading some of the specifically gay-culture-based comments & interactions here, I’m curious – do you ever feel like this audience is limiting? It’s potentially a touchy subject – the whole “genre-ification” of “LGBT texts and authors” is pretty problematic at its roots to me, but I wonder if there’s any meaningful way to really connect with non-minority audiences without compromising the work. There’s definitely a different lens, way of processing happenings around-to you & a different way of seeking out experience that I’ve felt between myself/other’s on the spectrum & the way people who are straight treat sex & sexuality….

    Again, apologies for the long post.

  13. Big D! Thank you for that. All my other friends are so negative and keep telling me those are bad ideas. I knew I could depend on you to advise wisely to go ahead with my plans re: Mr. Hammer and Mr. Chalamet!

    You know what would be funny? If Mr. Chalamet was actually a lurker and has read all of this. “Um, make sure THIS guy doesn’t win!”

    In case you’re reading this Timothee, I’m only joking! I didn’t mean it!

    It’s funny, Dennis, how we were talking about the “line” between reality and our imaginations; I’d said that so many say it’s a really fine line, but you and I agreed that we think there’s actually quite a gulf. Well, for us, at least. The above is a case in point. I’ve always found it interesting how I can come up with certain types of shit that I’d never even think about doing in real life.

    And yeah, Mr. C is mine, all mine! Mr. H will be on your slave post at the end of March. 😛

    Seriously, though, yeah, that movie is sooo bad. This is my year of positivity, yes, but I gots to call a spade a spade, you know?

    I saw online that Mr. Chalamet was in Paris. I’m jelly. If you see him, say hi for me. No, I’m not a stalker (I’m way too lazy), but I really like him and check up on him online like I do my other faves. He’s in my two-person pantheon now with Harry Styles. Just like Harry, I didn’t really even like the dude until I saw some interviews with him. He’s just so bright and funny. (And frankly, I don’t even think he’s that cute.)

    I really like this other actor, Miles Heizer, too. He seems pretty cool. He could be the co-main character in this novel I’m working on now. Oh, and I’m back to it. Just started the third bit last night, and I worked on the beginning of the fourth bit today at work when I got a break.

  14. Bernard, I hope you see this. Wow, thank you for that. It’s been added to the “document” I told you about a long time ago. 😀 And really, if I should get famous before you, you’ll be close behind because I’m mentioning you in every interview I do. 😀

    RE: CMBYN. I’m not a Sufjan Stevens fan at all, but the music didn’t bother me. I hear you on that particular dialogue. I’ve always said that it’s not a perfect film, and those bits are a bit problematic for me too. The scene where they’re sitting across from each other at night and talking about how they “wasted so many days” didn’t bother me. I could see two people actually talking like that and about those things. However, the stuff I think you’re really talking about, “Does this make you happy?”, etc., I get you on that. I would’ve written it differently.

    You know what really gets me about this movie? Two things. First, Timothee Chalamet. He’s just so great. Second, that coming-of-age gay romance thing…I never had that. Or I’ve never had that. I can be a quite sentimental, sappy, maudlin fuck, and I’m okay with that, mainly because I’m usually not. Sometimes, though, things just get to me. There’s a 17-year-old Elio still in me somewhere, and a 24-year-old Oliver. If that makes sense. It’s totally an emotional, visceral response, and yeah, most of it has to do with just how fucking great Chalamet is in this movie.

    Oh, and there are a lot of little subtle things I liked too. But I had a few problems with it. Not enough not to love it, though.

  15. Oh, and Dennis, planetariums! When I was in first grade, we took a field trip to a planetarium in MD. When the lights went off the first time, a girl sitting next to me kissed me on the cheek. When the went off the second time, I kissed her on the cheek. And then later started freaking out, thinking that I’d maybe imagined her kissing me on the cheek or maybe she’d stretched or something and unintentionally brush my cheek or something. Her name was Michelle, I’m still friends with her on FB to this day. And yeah, I’m pretty sure it was a kiss.

  16. Dennis,

    Cool post! The planetariums in Tehran and Puttaparthi, India are my favorites, it looks like a lot of thought went into their external appearance. When I was a teacher (I taught 5th grade from 1994 – 1997), I took my kids to Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson. Not a planetarium, I know, but that was as close as possible. We had fun, and the field trip was on a Saturday.. I drove the district van like a madman, filled with 15 children. One of the parents (a sensible mother) drove the other district van, also filled with 15 children. This was in 1997 … you’d never get away with that kind of thing today, too many restrictions. I stopped teaching in 1997 … I didn’t know anything! I was an imposter.

    Dennis, did you read Plus by Joseph McElroy? That’s the novel about the satellite that gains consciousness… very ahead of its time. I have a signed first edition from 1977, extremely rare!

    Ok Dennis now I see two posts brewing, Michael Gira’s The Consumer and a post on Joseph McElroy!

    Tons of space opera love,
    James ?❤️

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