Tag Archives: Dialogue

Arethusa & Artemisia

Anna Banti’s novel Artemisia reviewed by Susan Sontag in a game of hide and seek, of lost manuscript, lost novel, found character, found subject … ‘Non piangere.’ Don’t cry. Who is talking to whom? It is the stricken author talking … Continue reading

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paratexts and patter

Ever noticed that a truncated acronym can have a marked effect on the public perception of an organization’s mandate? Take for instance CDC which expanded should net “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”. Minding ps and qs. In another matter, … Continue reading

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The Learners Actually Teach

The polite question: It is possible that a typing error also occurs in the statement? “The possibility of dialogue is inscribed in the very gesture of theorizing is a gesture of demarcations.” (Humanist 17.341 theory) I asked a friend living … Continue reading

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After Alexandria Redux

Grayson James More keepsakes from the show at the Ryerson Image Centre: After Alexandria One muses that this show about books and the traces people leave in them could reference the Alexandria of history’s great library. Or something else. Recto … Continue reading

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Smart People on Smart Cities

Attended a panel discussion at InterAccess. Ctrl+Shift: Smart Cities Interesting conclusion – trust generated out of civic engagement can lead to some really innovative city planning and data governance. All the panelists stressed social justice and livability as part of … Continue reading

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Circumbendibus

Listening to a performance of Oliver Goldsmith’s She Stoops to Conquer I delight in hearing this lovely enumeration and had to share the pleasure with mine eyes: I first took them down Feather-bed Lane, where we stuck fast in the … Continue reading

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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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