Puppets are fascinating to watch because through their nimble manipulation, they expose the ultimate frivolity of all the strife and joy of everyday life. Humanity seems to enjoy being represented in distorted mirrors—see our ancestors' cave drawings or first attempts at representative sculpture. These washes of media influence our perceptions about what makes us unique from the opposable-thumbless brutes roaming the earth. And what wonders do we work with our opposable thumbs! Why, without them, there probably wouldn't be any marionettes, and without marionettes . . . well, this space would probably be filled with a couple of paragraphs about the latest '80s hair band still touring the county-fair circuit—don't worry, Tesla, your turn's... More >>>