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Affective Economics — But Not That Kind

Is there a social economy of affect? Is the best analogy to understand it an ecosystem or a well-oiled machine? I think the one (machine analogy) is well suited for weighing the drift and strength of flows; the other (ecosystem … Continue reading

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Cuisine Choreography

James Barber The Urban Peasant Cooking for Two Cooking for two is very intimate and very immediate. I very seldom start to cook of a guest until the doorbell rings, and then we do it together. Of course you can’t … Continue reading

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Obviously Valuing Vintage

Culimnation of an extended analogy between cars and people … But there are exceptions. Every now and then one comes across people who have grown old gracefully, or have become more handsome, sprucer, and more active and vital than they … Continue reading

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Reluctance of the Verb

The allusion here is to the secret life of plants and the roots/routes of tree talk. On trees communicating with each other see https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-whispering-trees-180968084/ An analogy between the human world of relations and trees in the city] concludes “Boxed In” … Continue reading

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To Cook, To Write, To Control

Jane Kramer The Reporter’s Kitchen The cooking that helps my writing is slow cooking, the kind of cooking where you take control of your ingredients so that whatever it is you’re making doesn’t run away with you, the way words … Continue reading

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Bundle Magic

I have thought about the similarities of carrying a bundle and having ready-at-hand a smartphone. Both are portable and both offer access to a phenomenological experience that lifts one out of the now into a future-to-be-built-on-the-past. As Beth Cuthand says … Continue reading

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How Like

A bundle and its medicines resembles a smartphone and its collection of apps. The comparison points to revitalization of Indigenous cultures. The bundle’s homecoming and first ceremonial opening since 1942 is being witnessed by 200 people, Blackfoot from Alberta and … Continue reading

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Slivers of Silvering

He gives us this general statement and immediately situates it (“I am making a big connection here between writing, coming out, and community.”) Any art wants to take the place of your reflection in the mirror and call for your … Continue reading

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Repurposing Rites

There is a certain thrill in hollowing out a framework and replacing its content. The form serves another purpose. Take for instance the six rights regarding the administration of medication which can be adopted and generalized to communication situations. (http://homes.chass.utoronto.ca/~lachance/pedagogy/sixrights.htm). … Continue reading

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Treading Stupidity

Charlotte Shane. “Anne Carson’s Splintered Brilliance: On the pleasures of poetry that deliberately defies our comprehension”. New Republic. https://newrepublic.com/article/139103/anne-carsons-splintered-brilliance Calling one’s self “stupid” is akin to saying “my mind doesn’t work like that.” It’s a way of recognizing the distance … Continue reading

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