Author Archives: Francois Lachance

Enclosing Disclosing

The Truth in Painting Jacques Derrida — If police there is (and isn’t there always?) it would here be operating against another police, against another ideological arraignment, and […] — You think people would accept that, that they’d receive it … Continue reading

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Longing to Belong

Warsan Shire Summarizing a whole suite of erotic cartographies, the poet telescopes the reader’s attention in a most delightful entanglement of means and ends: Your grandparents often found themselves in dark rooms, mapping out each other’s bodies, claiming whole countries … Continue reading

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WHAM

Consider Gussie’s lines from the 1948 movie Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House — it’s her culinary and linguistic creativity that saves the day. I’ve seen the movie; I now want to read the novel to see if the key … Continue reading

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Hinge

Samuel R. Delany interview with Terry Bisson in The Atheist in the Attic You wrote a critical appreciation of SF, the Jewel-Hinged Jaw. […] I don’t recall what the title signified. […] The title was not explained in the book. … Continue reading

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Generations and Terminations

Julia Cooper The Last Word: Reviving the Dying Art of Eulogy [A] baby is not in fact a piece of immortality, but rather another piece of mortality. Multiplication is not continuation. And so for day 2521 07.11.2013

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Flockings

Edward Carson Look here Look Away Look Again We are led to be mindful of space and what traverses space. “”Some Assembly Required” to mind is bird, a networking of neurons airborne And to over hear echoes … “Towards The … Continue reading

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Camomille’s Pleasures of the Self and of the Word

What is around and what is within … Vingt Fois Le sens de la nuit. Qui appartient à Camomille comme une félicité dans son ventre d’amoureuse d’elle et de son corps, des extases douces qui se dilatent et dilatent sous … Continue reading

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Ecology of Education

As we advance in the Anthropocene… The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts. C.S. Lewis The Abolition of Man: Reflections on Education with Special Reference to the Teaching of English in … Continue reading

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Anachronism Fest

I find anachronism to be a charming trope. I am particularly drawn to the markers of temporal irregularities. Julia Cooper in The Last Word: Reviving the Dying Art of Eulogy describes how news spread of the death of President Lincoln. … Continue reading

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Shoes & Laces

A cobbling of quotation: There we are again: the ethical question of how to render “experience itself.” Lyricism becomes associated with the moral failings of a belles lettres tradition of dressed-up writing, one that makes the words shimmer, shudder, and … Continue reading

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