Saturday, May 27, 2017

Extraordinary Discourse 331

F Your "Curriculum"

…art was perhaps this—the psychological component of the autoimmune system. It works on the artist as a healing. But it works on others too, as a medicine. Hence our great, insatiable thirst for it. However it comes out—whether a design in a carpet, a painting on a wall, the shaping of a doorway—we recognize that medicinal element because of the instant healing effect, and we call it art. It consoles and heals something in us. That’s why that aspect of things is so important, and why what we want to preserve in civilizations and societies is their art—because it’s a living medicine that we can still use. It still works. We feel it working. Prose, narratives, etcetera, can carry this healing. Poetry does it more intensely. Music, maybe, most intensely of all.
Ted Hughes, The Art of Poetry No. 71
Paris Review

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Extraordinary Discourse 330

Turn Your Head Around

I wonder if they didn't almost roll their thoughts round their brains and savour them like vintage port.

"Hunter" ("Professor of Historical Theology and Ethics"),
Owen Barfield's Worlds A

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Extraordinary Discourse 329

Open Your Trap!

Love without conversation is impossible.
Mortimer Adler

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Extraordinary Discourse 328

So To Speak

An experience makes its appearance only when it is being said, and unless it is said it is, so to speak, non-existent.
Hannah Arendt

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Extraordinary Discourse 327

Atypical Topical

Words are the only Jewels I possess
Words are the only Clothes that I wear
Words are the only food That sustains my life
Words are the only wealth I distribute among people

The universe is made of stories, not atoms.
Muriel Rukeyser