Saturday, December 20, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 204


Tongue-Tail Party for Wise Wags






The bottom of the mind is paved with crossroads.
Paul Valéry




Sure you can listen intoxicated. Or lace up the boots, put in the earbuds, take the dog, and walk this talk.













Saturday, December 13, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 203


Hors D'oeuvres For The Turning Table





Quite simply, to approach any utterance as if its meaning is separable from its presentation is to disallow art in every positive sense of that word. It is to strip away the individuation that might make a work a new witness, and it is to violate the bond of reader and writer. The essence of our art lies in creating a lingering dream, good or bad, that other souls can enter. Dreaming one's soul into another's is an urgent business of the human mind: the dreaming itself, not whatever agenda can supposedly be extracted from it. As art, it plays on the nerves and senses like a dream. It unfolds over time like a dream. It makes its own often disturbing and often inexplicable appeal to memory and emotion, creating itself again in the consciousness of the reader or hearer.
from
On "Beauty"
By Marilynne Robinson
From Tin House
Pushcart Prize XXXVII
Best Of The Small Presses






Saturday, December 6, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 202


Gadflights






Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.
Margaret Wheatley










Saturday, November 29, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 201


Freelance Parlance






We know that humankind has sat around its fires from time immemorial and told its tales and told them again, elaborating and refining, and we know that certain of these tales have become myth, epic, fable, Holy Writ. Now, because we have devoted so much ingenuity to the project, we have devised more ways to tell ourselves more stories, which means only that an ancient impulse is still so strong in us as to impel the invention of new means and occasions for telling and hearing to satisfy this appetite for narrative. At the most fundamental level, narrative is how we make sense of things - that is, our experience of ongoing life is a story we tell ourselves, more or less true, depending on circumstance. I believe this narrative is the essential mode of our being in the world, individually and collectively. Maintaining its integrity - maintaining a sense of the essentially provisional or hypothetical character of the story we tell ourselves - is, I will suggest, our greatest practical, as well as moral and ethical, problem. Fiction is narrative freed from the standard of literal truth. In effect, it is the mind exploring itself, its impulse to create hypothetical cause and consequence.
from
On "Beauty"
By Marilynne Robinson
From Tin House
Pushcart Prize XXXVII
Best Of The Small Presses







Saturday, November 22, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 200


A Celebration of Fooling Around





Why make a big deal of something because it is represented by a "round number"? Why not celebrate a triangular, tetrahedronal, or conic  number?

This is the 200th Extraordinary Discourse documentary, or, to be precise, the 200th segment of a thematic associational documentary, which is also a long train tracking from thousands of windows the landscapes of the last 30+ years of humanity's death-rebirth process. As we apprehend and attend the process of our initiation, we must come to terms with the necessity of Play, with the necessity of celebrating our bodies, with the necessity of Food and belly-laughs and Fooling Around and Doing Nothing.
Jack Saturday