Saturday, March 16, 2019

Extraordinary Discourse 423

Deeper Dabbling

Life is not that sweet all the time. Sometimes, you just need to awake your brain and feed it with hopping words.
Ayuba Muhyideen Kolawole

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Extraordinary Discourse 422

Prime Cuts, Facultus Ludendi

People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it's the other way around.
Terry Pratchett
Awake and in play

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Extraordinary Discourse 421

Critical Interventions

Yeah. Yeah. You’re talking about an eloquence in the ear there. You could say that eloquence is a free floating life form, and when it attaches itself to a particular language or practice it’s mistaken for that language or practice. But you know all forms of deep artistic merit really require disciplined practice, of years-long duration, without an audience, without any witnesses, so that the depth of the thing, the depth of eloquence in the made world, has a chance to respond to the pleas which are the practice of disciplined learning and hearing.
Stephen Jenkinson

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Extraordinary Discourse 420

Portentous Remarks

Mastering our minds begins with mastering our mouths. We spend the first 10 years of our lives learning “elementary right speech”: how to interact politely, respectfully, and inoffensively; when to speak, when not to speak. Then we spend another decade learning to express more complex feelings and ideas to others. We might call this intermediate right speech, although what we study even on these two preliminary levels is bottomless. Even something as simple as when to speak and when not to speak can’t be determined by a formula; it is a skill refined over a lifetime.
Krishnan Venkatesh
How to Practice Right Speech Anywhere, Anytime, and With Anyone

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Extraordinary Discourse 419

Playing With Sophia

It’s astounding to make these little observations, really. Linguistic differences are more than just windows and doors. Sometimes they’re barred windows and chained doors. Sometimes there are no walls at all. Sometimes they’re a little bit of a tent out in the desert, where everything is blowing through and the sky is there just above your head.
Stephen Jenkinson