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Relocating the Argument

September 18, 2007

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It is no good where we are.  Not at all.   The argument needs relocating.  Just a few blades of grass survive, if that.  Sticking out of the cracks between the broken paving.  Advertisements

Cake not Water

June 14, 2007

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In The Passages of Joy the poet Thom Gunn writes about self-expression in a paradoxical way; in what amounts to a rare moment of self-revelation, he writes against it, seeing it as a form of disease.  The class he is taking have been writing poems about their lives. The subjects that they write about are traumatic and fraught: subjects such […]

Representation

June 8, 2007

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… Suppose a phone text face image. Perhaps the recipient sees the texter.  But, categorically, seeing what?  A stand-in for the face; or is it the face?  To what extent is the face represented – and to what extent is it the face – ?  Is there anything to argue what we must say – ? The […]

A mask, Wuthering Heights

June 7, 2007

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A mask is like a still from a film, like a frame from a comic strip.  A moment.  A guessable quantity, implied, transparent.  As with the masks of tragedy and comedy.  An umbrella just as the sun is breaking out – suppose that a mask.  Wuthering Heights‘ story seems to come from nothing real. And it seems too commonplace, also, but this insipidity […]

A Childhood Idyll

June 6, 2007

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Novels are house bound phenomena. They express a species of exile where our lives are either in the process of becoming, or have wholly become, urbanised; a kind of mourning. A grief, like one of those elongated faces you see on painted African masks; for a loss that cannot be rectified: whatever the ostensible subject […]

In the idiom of self-reflection

June 5, 2007

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The idea of politics is delusional – in so far as politics is self-reflection.  To look out at the world is to see oneself reflected in it.  To be interested in the world is to be dis-interested in its reality, beyond that which will serve one’s interests.  In these terms we live in a culture of self-deception in the supposition that […]