Saturday, September 23, 2017

Extraordinary Discourse 348


Here's to budgets, bags and wallets!
Here's to all the wandering train!
Here's our ragged brats and callets!
One and all cry out, Amen!

A fig for those by law protected,
Liberty's a glorious feast!
Courts for Cowards were erected,
Churches built to please the Priest.
Robert Burns

Saturday, September 16, 2017


Suck It Up?

The world of the Fringe Dweller is individual and different. Be yourself. Allow the world to bitch and moan. It’s their right, but they have no real power over you.The possum can’t tell the kangaroo not to hop—so hop on regardless. It’s better to hop down your own path than cling to a branch,comatose, with a possum that doesn’t know diddly-squat from shinola anyway.
Stuart Wilde

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Extraordinary Discourse 346

Topical Collage

Professor Newcomb, starting with parts--existing metals, existing forces--had predicted the immediate future of aeronautics, and gotten it wrong. He was fooled by an unforeseen union of gas engine, bicycle, and box kite.
Hugh Kenner, Bucky

Human speech is a cracked kettle on which we tap crude rhythms... while we long to make music that will melt the stars.
G. Flaubert

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Extraordinary Discourse 345

Talking Point-illism

The second-third century Christian writer, Origen of Alexandria, had a bit of trouble with a pagan critic who did not understand this poetic point about as-structures. Celsus had criticized Origen's allegorical readings of the Bible as being fanciful and not attending enough to the literal and the historical. Origen responded that he examined each word for its plenitude of meanings, for its world of images, for its pleroma of signification. Then he read the text all of the ways. It was he, not Celsus, Origen argued, that took seriously the letterals of the words, the literal. The so-called literal, historical reading of Celsus was only one of the meanings possible, and his narrowing of the text in fact is giving a fanciful interpretation, i.e., the fundamentalist fancy of the reader. It is the literalist who violates the text by not seeing its poetry, that which it fingers, that to which is points; whereas the poetic reading is in fact the one that has regard for the plurisignification of the actual literal text
David L. Miller

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Extraordinary Discourse 344

Cherry-Picked From The Grapevine

Everything we care about lies somewhere in the middle, where pattern and randomness interlace.
James Gleick, The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood

Liberty's a glorious feast!
Robert Burns