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On Script

Robert BringhurstThe Solid Form of LanguageGaspereau Press, 2004 Languages that have no native speakers, and no more than a few eccentric readers, might just as well be written in phonetics. Scholarship is grand, but it is not the same as … Continue reading

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The Big Big Picture

Shades of Octavia Butler Xenogenesis and the Oankali Bethany Nowviskie “Capacity and Care” And some of these re-framings hinge on metaphors that seem particularly well-suited to our current scene: ways, for instance, in which we might begin to position culture … Continue reading

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Metaphor Wisdom

A gem (metaphorically speaking) … recognizing an old friend in an unfamiliar setting, and understanding a metaphor are species of the same phenomenon Jan Zwicky Wisdom & Metaphor I like how the metaphor of ecosystem creeps in … Imagine the … Continue reading

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fragile tissue of time

Parenthesis 31 The Journal of The Fine Press Book Association “First Principles, Second Thoughts and Final Answers” Robert Bringhurst [p. 35] Writing encyclopedia articles pays very poorly when it pays at all. Yet the challenge posed by the genre — … Continue reading

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Writing and Intimations of Mortality

Robert Bringhurst The Solid Form of Language: An Essay on Writing and Meaning Gaspereau Press, 2004 The final section worth quoting in full with its carefully stacked repetitions of keywords: A script is not a language — and the classification … Continue reading

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Coming Between Self and Flesh: from “of” to “on”

Indigeneity: Theorized Materialised Billy-Ray Belcourt This Wound is a World: Poems “The Cree Word for a Body like Mine is Weesageechak” its final lines offering a big beginning was once a broad-shouldered trickster who long ago fell from the moon … Continue reading

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Trails of Structure and Tales of Self

First the indication of a long sweep in the reading: The Stubborn Structure: Essays on Criticism and Society (London: Methuen, 1970). Fyre was rightly known for his long attention span and would not mind, I hope, that in shaping this … Continue reading

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S-o-r-t-i-n-g Sort of Thing

Robert Bringhurst SOME REFLECTIONS ON READING AND WRITING CULTURE AND NATURE & SORTING THINGS OUT The cover title is nicely “sorted” on the half-title page. READING WRITING CULTURE NATURE SORTING SORTING SORTING A fine production from the Rochester Institute of … Continue reading

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Cross Words

Wordplay is a documentary about the New York Times crossword puzzle setters and solvers. A little aghast. One of the talking heads claims that English is the greatest language. Interested in comparing greatness by number of speakers? Check out the … Continue reading

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Surplus Surplus

From the collector of definitions. Flâneur: dandy, stroller, person at ease in a kaleidoscope of turns. From the philosopher-poet. In the paradise of ceaseless commerce and consumption, where nothing can ever be lacking, some things are nonetheless impossible to find. … Continue reading

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