Saturday, September 13, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 190

Stroll This Arcade

…what the poet nevertheless demands is a kind of society in which tranquility, withdrawal, is a natural right. He must be able to go into the press and out of it as easily as he passes from his own house into the street. The charge he makes against the modern world is that it has invaded his house of quiet, invaded it with cares and rumors, insistent political and totalitarian wars.

The poet is therefore compelled to demand, for poetic reasons, that the world shall be changed. It cannot be said that his demand is unreasonable: it is the first condition of his existence as a poet.
Herbert Read,
To Hell With Culture

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 189

Spare Game Change


by W. S. Merwin

Sitting over words
very late I have heard a kind of whispered sighing
not far
like a night wind in pines or like the sea in the dark
the echo of everything that has ever
been spoken
still spinning its one syllable
between the earth and silence

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 188

A Diversity of Voices

If one makes a lot of speeches, one is sure to
be seized at some point by the desire to stop posturing as an authority, and to
borrow the motley of the clown.
Robertson Davies
Intro to How To Design A Haunted House

It worked as astrology does work - in a sort
of lurching, flouncing, vertiginous fashion that sometimes seems to produce
utter nonsense, and at other times comes up with a piece of blazing truth.
Robertson Davies
What Will The Age Of Aquarius Bring

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 187

Shop Talk NOT

Ken Kesey and his merry pranksters (…) had been absolute technological freaks. They were obsessed with the idea of recording their lives in every possible way. They kept tape recorders running all the time. They even used videotapes.They used tape-lag mechanisms. They took movies of their own lives. They kept diaries. They had strange diaries in which you couldn’t write in your own diary; only other people could write in your diary.
Marshall McLuhan,
Contemplating Me

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Extraordinary Discourse 186

Premier Free Radical Scavenge

As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn't go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Wendell Berry