Tag Archives: Dialogue

Seeds Cast from a Train

This is set up by remarks by Jonathan Lethem about the anti-intellectualism of American culture: “even American arts culture has a very violent anti-intellectual streak in it.” Lethem’s remarks help us as viewers understand the poignant finale to The Polymath, … Continue reading

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All Around Us

I cannot celebrate enough Jane Byers impeccable justesse in the endings to the poems in the Keen sequence in Acquired Community. Look at how poignant and yet defiant the ending of the last poem in the sequence, “Elegy”, is But … Continue reading

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Weak Ties

Clive Thompson in Smarter Than You Think: How technology is changing our minds for the better in the chapter on “Ambient Awareness” rehearses the sociological literature on the strength of week ties; he does so along with compelling anecdotes from … Continue reading

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Tâtonner

When I read this passage from William Matthews’s contribtution to Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms I was put in mind of the French verb “tâtonner” and its cousin “tâter”. Of course the preceding paragraph is written with hindsight, rather than with … Continue reading

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On Rockwell on Dialogue

Some notes triggered by Geoffrey Rockwell’s A Unity of Voices: A Definition of Philosophical Dialogue The successful dialogue, the one that teaches, is judged to be the one that brings the reader close to identifying with the humiliated (the respondent) … Continue reading

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Dialogue of the Dead

Robert Duncan meets bp Nichol low dawn        high moon load on            off load low down        up lift And so for day 33 16.01.2007

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