Saturday, September 24, 2016
For Thinkers and Readers Only
The… and rhetorical imaginings… assembled here relate in ways that challenge generic convention, perhaps even subvert the notions of genre we used to distinguish between prose and poetry, fiction and exposition… they reflect upon one another, and occasionally borrow from one another, placing passages from one context in the entirely different light of another to tease out nuances of significance, elicit alternative responses not anticipated in the original.
… I hope each part will stand on its own as a play of language and idea, appealing as intended, on emotional, intellectual, and imaginative planes to a greater or lesser degree, simultaneously.
ripped from John Moss's
The Paradox Of Meaning
and pared to fit
Posted by Jack Saturday at 9:25 AM
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Rungs Of A Tall Talk Ladder
Too many stars this summer, Sir.
Too many friends struck down,
too many riddles.
I feel I'm growing more ignorant
All the time
And soon I'll end up a half-wit in the brambles.
So explain yourself, elusive Master!
Posted by Jack Saturday at 8:38 AM
Saturday, September 10, 2016
Candor and clarity go a long way in fertilizing the soil, but in the end there is always a degree of unpredictability in the climate of communication — even the warmest intention can be met with frost. Yet something impels us to hold these possibilities in both hands and go on surrendering to the beauty and terror of conversation, that ancient and abiding human gift. And the most magical thing, the most sacred thing, is that whichever the outcome, we end up having transformed one another in this vulnerable-making process of speaking and listening.
Posted by Jack Saturday at 9:17 AM
Saturday, September 3, 2016
Saturday, August 27, 2016
Following one of Jacques Derrida’s early questions — namely, How is writing involved in speech? — this essay reconsiders the role of the tongue and the sense of taste in the oral phenomena of speaking and saying. The contact the tongue makes with the mouth or teeth is just as much a materialization of language as what is commonly called “writing.” The tongue acts as a pen and the mouth, as a blank page (or palimpsest). Mouthed writing is accompanied by sense experiences. There are various selftastes to the tastes of speaking, the tastes of words, or, even, the tastes of thoughts.
The auto-affection of tasting-oneself-speakwriting is offered as an alternative to the metaphysical presumptions Derrida implicates in Husserl’s understanding of speech based on the auto-affection of hearing-oneself-speak. As such, writing (haunted by the trace of death) and speech (invested with living- presence) is now confronted with the selftastes of speakwriting with one’s stylangue [stylo + langue] in and on the mouth as the scene of writing (ever accompanied by tastes of life-death).
Speech & Oral Phenomena: Tastetexts, Memory, & the Mouth as the Scene of Writing (Or, the Telepathology of Everyday Life-Death)
Virgil W. Brower