Saturday, August 1, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 236

Thought Pivots

A mammal swells and circles and lays him down. You and I have finished swelling; our circling periods are playing out, but we can still leave footprints in a trail whose end we do not know.

Buddhism notes that it is always a mistake to think your soul can go it alone.
Annie Dillard
For The Time Being

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 235

Clips Up For Grabs

There’s something in me that just wants to create dialogue.  
          David Mamet

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 234

Bonbons For Radical Imaginations

The Divine Will in Poetry is Creative, and its inspiration is never single-minded or strait, but creates a field of meanings.
Robert Duncan
The Truth And Life Of Myth

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 233

Reframe By Frame

Choosing one's own curriculum in the jungle of the mass media can constitute an instance of constructing one's own "humanitas." What I mean is that Woody Allen has something to do with "paideia," while John Travolta does not: but we must not be so dogmatic. If I think about my own growth in "humanitas," I would have to put on the list of my Spiritual Sources The Imitation Of Christ, No No Nanette, Dostoyevsky, and Donald Duck.
Umberto Eco
The American Myth In Three Anti-American Generations

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 232

Pieces Of Saying, Playing

Certainly playing creatively with hypertexts - changing old stories and helping create new ones - can be an enthralling activity, a fine exercise to be practiced at school, a new form of writing, very much akin to the jam session. I believe it can be good and even educational to try to modify stories that already exist… This is essentially what great artists have always done.
Umberto Eco
On Some Functions Of Literature