Tag Archives: Imagination

In Imagination We Wander

Beneath My Feet: Writers on Walking edited by Duncan Minshull Passing, glimpsing, everything seems accidentally but miraculously sprinkled with beauty, as if the tide of trade which deposits its burden so punctually and prosaically upon the shores of Oxford Street … Continue reading

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Desideratum

Scott Ferguson Declarations of Dependence: Money, Aesthetics, and the Politics of Care Critical theory must, therefore, loosen its historical attachments to power’s shifting vicissitudes and risk the embarrassments of care’s apparent guilelessness. Without this affective labor, its conceptual tools remain … Continue reading

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The Ordinary Openness to the Not Ordinary

Mary Pratt obituary by Leah Sandals [concluding paragraph] “I think with my work, even things that are are ordinary are not ordinary,” Ms. Pratt said in 2015. “Because I don’t really believe that anything is ordinary — I think everything … Continue reading

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Combo Credo

The evidence is common knowledge (our tastebuds proclaim it) yet this nicely balanced sentence is a welcome reminder of the encounter at the heart of the preparation of good food. Great food happens at the intersection of your ingredients and … Continue reading

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Protean Position: Sitting

I admire her self-possession and her imagination and, as the poet stresses, her ability to sit very still. Here are the concluding stanzas to her portrait. We are captivated by her swift transformations. […] First she is an ancient queen … Continue reading

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Time & Space: chronobiopolitics

Knowledge keeper, Kim Wheatley refers to these acknowledgements as “necessities” not “niceties”. The sign reads: The TDSB Outdoor Education Schools acknowledge the land that we are situated on is the traditional territories of the Aboriginal founding Peoples of the Great … Continue reading

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Blackboy Utopia

Danez Smith in Don’t Call Us Dead creates a utopian space in which to reinvigorate the Black psyche through an artful homoerotics. He saves the body. The mind bends the body politic to imagine another place and another time beyond … Continue reading

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Weaving Wonderment

Roger Scruton. Xanthippic Dialogues. In one of these dialogues, Xanthippe is weaving a tapestry depicting the late Socrates and is engaged in conversation with Plato. She is also an adept weaver of words. Take for instance this summation of several … Continue reading

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Fantasy Machines

Just what will replace the telephone book as a stimulus? Whenever I’m asked what book I would take with me to a desert island, I reply, “The phone book: with all those characters, I could invent an infinite number of … Continue reading

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Active Mind

Nella Cotrupi in Northrup Frye and the Poetics of Process draws attention to Frye’s discussion of Blake. In Fearful Symmetry, Frye used Blake’s distinction between the visonary ‘Hallelujah-Chorus’ perception of the sun and its more prosaic, rationalistic reception as a … Continue reading

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