Saturday, October 18, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 195

Ear Drum Taps

When we try to pick anything out by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.
John Muir

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 194

Even As We Speak

We delay because it is argued that talking is too risky –
but experience suggests the real risk lies in not talking.
How to talk to terrorists
Jonathan Powell
Tuesday 7 October 2014
The Guardian

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 193

Deviant Curricula

You will notice that I have said nothing about the accommodation for the actors. If course it is always terrible, but even here there has been a change. In the old theatres they had smelly kennels in which to change their clothes. But nowadays after the School Board has cut the estimates and changed the plans, they have nothing at all. Have you ever tried to transform yourself into a great character of drama in a schoolroom? The ghost of dead mathematics teachers clutch at your costume and smear your make-up actors of an earlier day dressed in bad conditions too, even in barns, but the barns were unmistakably associated with Life; those schoolroom dressing accommodations speak of education, of repression, of being kept in after four, and their air vents whisper of lingering and chalky death. Humor is put to silence, Passion is rebuked, and Imagination is made to dance in chains.
Robertson Davies
How To Design A Haunted House

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 192

Intellectual Horseplay

The truly great advances of this generation will be made by those who can make outrageous connections, and only a mind which knows how to play can do that.
Nagle Jackson

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