Saturday, November 22, 2008

Most Unpopular Kid in High School...

...that nobody liked, you know, the one with cooties.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Telephone Conversation

Keeping with the spirit of recent posts, I add this telephone conversation between a woman and two men. Not sure where it comes from or who the speakers are but a story is just beneath the surface

And any conversation beginning with "yeah, um, ah, is your husband home?" is definitely going places

More 911 Madness

Monday, November 17, 2008

Velvet Letter

Letter to a dear friend written many years ago, returned to me recently as recording:

Re-mediation broadens register-- cuts lines across the sky for new axises of vision

Dearest Richard,

Before you begin to read this...

The letter is read and done. Its existence is perfection. We perform its emotions. In certain ways and with some things, we become the medium.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Holbein's Ghosts

'Ambassadors' by Hans Holbein the Younger, son of Holbein the Elder. The distorted object center is a skull that comes into perspective when the viewer looks up from the bottom left corner

Poetry of the subject within the true subject, or vice versa

Skull pushes outward as 'world' shoots up through the material 'earth' of the painting; in human terms: The canvas, oils, strokes are the material BUT when we look at the skull from the corner, seeing it jut out in perspective, while maintaining that we are still looking at a painting, the idea of the painting (skull) is projected forward and free from it.

Skull is held by materials -- essentially defined by 'em but additionally outside their boundary. Like watching mist above the ocean. It is still essentially water but already something else

Between the two positions, the spectator is free: Unrestricted to the material of the painting and able to spread from it in rhetorical expansion

This is the nature of Jonathan Edwards' 'active ideas,' ideas felt, living organisms of thought


They say there is a young lady in [New Haven] who is beloved of that almighty Being, who made and rules the world, and that there are certain seasons in which this great Being, in some way or other invisible, comes to her and fills her mind with exceeding sweet delight, and that she hardly cares for anything, except to meditate on him-- that she expects after a while to be received up where he is, to be raised up out of the world and caught up into heaven; being assured that he loves her too well to let her remain at a distance from him always. There she is to dwell with him, and to be ravished with his love and delight forever. Therefore, if you present all the world before her, with the richest of its treasures, she disregards it and cares not for it, and is unmindful of any pain or affliction. She has a strange sweetness in her mind, and singular purity in her affections; is most just and conscientious in all her actions; and you could not persuade her to do anything wrong or sinful, if you would give her all the world, lest she should offend this great Being. She is of a wonderful sweetness, calmness and universal benevolence of mind; especially after those seasons in which this great God has manifested himself to her mind. She will sometimes go about from place to place, singing sweetly; and seems to be always full of joy and pleasure; and no one knows for what. She loves to be alone, and to wander in the fields and on the mountains, and seems to have someone invisible always conversing with her.

Intent is to fuse (by syntax, grammar, and style) Sarah Pierpont with the Being so that it surfaces clear when we read, 'seems to have someone invisible'

I will be brief: First half of first sentence, the phrase ending with the dash, creates a structure of Being/Quality of the Being, Being/Quality of the Being, Being's action/Sarah's Quality/Being acting through Sarah;

Next phrase we see them raised up out of the world to heaven

Then, stressed, 'BEING assured...' the phrase is in passive construction; The BEING working through Sarah. They are syntactically fused.

'There she is to dwell with him and to be ravished with his love and delight forever,' Sarah locally fused with being (domestic images) and somewhat sexual too


Complete concatenation of Sarah's qualities with the GREAT BEING'S in A/B/A/B structure. We've received it enough to feel it even if we don't think about it

The last two lines have been arranged so that the two phrases, 'and no one knows for what' and 'someone invisible' are READ as the GREAT BEING. In the last two lines the Being is there and not there; we sense him with a different apparatus than that which the rest of the apostrophe functions by

We stand in the lower-left corner; idea surfaces from the material

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Stories from the Great Depression

Studs Terkel interviews people who lived through the Great Depression.

One guy says, "Kids these days couldn't deal with something like that. I wasn't afraid to die at sixteen. These days, sixteen-year olds aren't afraid to kill..."

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Barack Obama