Saturday, January 24, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 209

More Can Be Said

A flowing, funning dance of both sacred and profane, both living and dying, both immanence and transcendence, both depth and breadth, both inner and outer, both male and female, both concrete and abstract, is how Jesus characterized the Kingdom in the Gospel of St. Thomas.
Steindl-Rast, 1984
Buzz O’Connell

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 208

From A Dot-Connection Collection

Not Everyone has given up on indie, however. As a character in the online comic strip Cat and Girl noted, "Imperfect is the new desirable!" the latest tactic involves a return to the "rougher sounds and images" described by Shields, despite technology that can autotune or auto correct your deficiencies. "We live in a time of ragged edges," proclaims the friend of Girl. Or, as Marginally Mediocre Blogger Tully Mills (who is actually quite a good Blogger despite the name of his blog) asked in March of this year, "Why does my generation try to make everything look like it's straight out of one of my Dad's shitty photo albums from the '70s?"

While our comic strip heroine Girl agrees ("Not everything needs a poorly silk-screened drawing of a bird on it") her friend gets the last word: "If you need me I will be listening to tape hiss in my room."
Indie Won. Now What?
Ryan Bigge
The Best Canadian Essays 2012

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 207

Heretick Talk vs Tick-Tock

Too long have I longed and looked into the distance. Too long have I belonged to loneliness;  thus I have forgotten how to be silent. Mouth have I become through and through, and the roaring of a stream from towering cliffs:  I want to plunge my speech down into the valleys. Let the river of my love plunge where there is no way! How could a river fail to find its way to the sea?
Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 206


Conspiracy nut, leftist, madman. These are terms of dismissal so you don’t have to listen to the argument. It would be healthier and more fun to hear what someone has to say.
Oliver Stone 

Our hope of salvation lies in our being surprised by the other.
Ivan Illich

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 205

Sedulously Seeking

He who sits still in a house all the time may be the greatest vagrant of all; but the saunterer, in the good sense, is no more vagrant than the meandering river, which is all the while sedulously seeking the shortest course to the sea.
Henry Thoreau, Walking