Tag Archives: Primitives

Intercession Deserves Its Own Verb Form

Northrop Frye on Sir James Frazer in Architects of Modern Thought: 12 talks for CBC Radio A ritual, in magic, is done for practical purposes, to make the crops grow, to baffle enemies, to bring rain or sunshine or children. … Continue reading

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Subjectivation and Narrativisation

We begin with the characterization of a person. Lynne Huffer. Mad for Foucault: Rethinking the Foundations of Queer Theory p. 117 For Foucault, as for Deleuze, subjectivation includes more than social or linguistic construction. Indeed, it includes more than 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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unbodylike objects

Giles Deleuze’s Logique du sens brought me to Émile Bréhier. La théorie des incorporels. 1962. p. 44. Ce qui fait le fond des arguments d’Aristote contre le vide, c’est que dans le vide en lui-même, on ne peut arriver à … Continue reading

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Wow

I am amazed that I was able to think so coherently on an abstract plane. This is taken from MetaMimetics – HyperMnemonics From With Towards There in the book On the Origin of Objects by Brian Cantwell Smith, a passage … Continue reading

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Grids, Lists, Clusters

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 18, No. 347. To extrapolate: the electronic medium facilitates reading in terms of clusters, lists, and tables (a type of reading that was always available to the clever manipulator of index cards). I like to think … Continue reading

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Cell is to Nature as Point is to Art

Wassily Kandinsky towards the end of the “line” chapter of Point and Line to Plane (translated by Howard Dearstyne and Hilla Rebay) contrasts nature and art. One must not, however, draw false conclusions from similar cases: the difference between art … Continue reading

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Self-absorption

Rilke in the sixth letter in the collection Letters to a Young Poet writes about the importance of solitude and the normal state of the child to be in touch with necessary solitude. The necessary thing is after all but … Continue reading

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Discovery in Repetition and Repeating

This is a longish piece from Januaray 10, 2003, here transcribed from two pages of longhand. Gertrude Stein’s Portrait of Mabel Dodge at the Villa Curonia A close reading of a passage and a bit of translation à la Erasmian … Continue reading

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Toys

From the notes by Gregory Dubinsky to the Kronos Quartet recording of Terry Riley’s The Cusp of Magic The toys [from Emily and Alice’s “extensive collection of musical toys from around the world”] cast their own distinctive spell on this … Continue reading

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