Saturday, July 4, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 232

Pieces Of Saying, Playing

Certainly playing creatively with hypertexts - changing old stories and helping create new ones - can be an enthralling activity, a fine exercise to be practiced at school, a new form of writing, very much akin to the jam session. I believe it can be good and even educational to try to modify stories that already exist… This is essentially what great artists have always done.
Umberto Eco
On Some Functions Of Literature

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 231

Plural Mural

Democracy was the politics of the ensemble, as Hegel's was the philosophy of the ensemble, and Whitman saw his Leaves Of Grass as belonging to the poetics of the ensemblist. The word "ensemblist" he italicizes.
Robert Duncan,
Changing Perspectives In Reading Whitman

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 230

Outré Train

The artist who could disentangle the subtle soul of the image from its mesh of defining circumstances most exactly and 're-embody' it in artistic circumstances chosen as the most exact for it in its new office, he [sic] was the supreme artist.
James Joyce,
Stephen Hero

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 229


…not an 'interview' or a 'conversation' -although it has elements of both. It grows in many directions, without an overall ordering principle. To use Deleuze's terms it is the book as war-machine, the book as 'rhizome'. There is no hierarchy of root, trunk and branch, but a multiplicity of interconnected shoots going off in all directions. It is therefore both an explanation and an exemplification of 'Deleuzian pluralism'.
Hugh Tomlinson
Barbara Habberjam
Translator's Introduction
Deleuze, Dialogues II

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Extraordinary Discourse 228

A Thing Or Two Besides

Our time is a routine twist of an improbable yarn.
Annie Dillard
For The Time Being