Saturday, July 12, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 181

Some Is Diss, Samizdat

Despite what Archie Bunker said, Edith was never a dingbat. Dingbat is a printer's term for a device that divides text, recognizing some pause deeper than the space between paragraphs, but less profound than the full stop at the end of a chapter. Dingbats dance in the gap. Dingbats come out into the indecisive twilight.

Dingbats are helpful when you're not making sustained, connected sense. Just put in a dingbat, and there's oneiric ellipsis.
Coleman Barks,
Introduction, The Soul Of Rumi

Song Clip:
Guy Clark, Cold Dog Soup

Utah Phillips, Loafer's Glory