Saturday, September 20, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 191


Rescued From Old Contexts





The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.
Ursula Leguin


True stability results when presumed order and presumed disorder are balanced.  A truly stable system expects the unexpected, is prepared to be disrupted, waits to be transformed.
Tom Robbins






Saturday, September 13, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 190


Stroll This Arcade





…what the poet nevertheless demands is a kind of society in which tranquility, withdrawal, is a natural right. He must be able to go into the press and out of it as easily as he passes from his own house into the street. The charge he makes against the modern world is that it has invaded his house of quiet, invaded it with cares and rumors, insistent political and totalitarian wars.

The poet is therefore compelled to demand, for poetic reasons, that the world shall be changed. It cannot be said that his demand is unreasonable: it is the first condition of his existence as a poet.
Herbert Read,
Introduction
To Hell With Culture









Saturday, September 6, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 189


Spare Game Change





Utterance

by W. S. Merwin

Sitting over words
very late I have heard a kind of whispered sighing
not far
like a night wind in pines or like the sea in the dark
the echo of everything that has ever
been spoken
still spinning its one syllable
between the earth and silence









Saturday, August 30, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 188


A Diversity of Voices




If one makes a lot of speeches, one is sure to
be seized at some point by the desire to stop posturing as an authority, and to
borrow the motley of the clown.
Robertson Davies
Intro to How To Design A Haunted House



It worked as astrology does work - in a sort
of lurching, flouncing, vertiginous fashion that sometimes seems to produce
utter nonsense, and at other times comes up with a piece of blazing truth.
Robertson Davies
What Will The Age Of Aquarius Bring









Saturday, August 23, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 187


Shop Talk NOT







Ken Kesey and his merry pranksters (…) had been absolute technological freaks. They were obsessed with the idea of recording their lives in every possible way. They kept tape recorders running all the time. They even used videotapes.They used tape-lag mechanisms. They took movies of their own lives. They kept diaries. They had strange diaries in which you couldn’t write in your own diary; only other people could write in your diary.
Marshall McLuhan,
Contemplating Me