Saturday, October 22, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 300

Truth - or AAAAAA!

The syntactical nature of reality, the real secret of magic, is that the world is made of words. And if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish.
Terence McKenna

This being the 300th in this series, I thought I'd offer in celebration a picture of Queen Elizabeth of England. Bye!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 299

Off-Ramp Talk

Slow down! Exit the mainstream.

In most cases of people actually talking to one another, human communication cannot be reduced to information. The message not only involves, it is, a relationship between speaker and hearer. The medium in which the message is embedded is immensely complex, infinitely more than a code: it is a language, a function of a society, a culture, in which the language, the speaker, and the hearer are all embedded.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Quoted by Maria Popova

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 298

Talk As The Crow Flies

Ever observe how “the crow flies”?—they fly all over the place, stop and hop, check things out, saunter, perch, sing, jump sideways, make dark knight’s moves. They digress, the humorous bricoleurs.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 297

Wisdom Glean

We have to create culture - don't watch TV, don't read magazines, don't even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you're worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you're giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told 'no', we're unimportant, we're peripheral. 'Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.' And then you're a player, you don't want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that's being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.
Terence McKenna

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 296

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