Saturday, September 24, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 296

For Thinkers and Readers Only

The…  and rhetorical imaginings… assembled here relate in ways that challenge generic convention, perhaps even subvert the notions of genre we used to distinguish between prose and poetry, fiction and exposition… they reflect upon one another, and occasionally borrow from one another, placing passages from one context in the entirely different light of another to tease out nuances of significance, elicit alternative responses not anticipated in the original.

… I hope each part will stand on its own as a play of language and idea, appealing as intended, on emotional, intellectual, and imaginative planes to a greater or lesser degree, simultaneously.
ripped from John  Moss's
The Paradox Of Meaning
and pared to fit

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 295

Rungs Of A Tall Talk Ladder

Too many stars this summer, Sir.
Too many friends struck down,
too many riddles.

I feel I'm growing more ignorant
All the time
And soon I'll end up a half-wit in the brambles.

So explain yourself, elusive Master!
Philippe Jaccotet

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 294

Puckish Pedagogy

Candor and clarity go a long way in fertilizing the soil, but in the end there is always a degree of unpredictability in the climate of communication — even the warmest intention can be met with frost. Yet something impels us to hold these possibilities in both hands and go on surrendering to the beauty and terror of conversation, that ancient and abiding human gift. And the most magical thing, the most sacred thing, is that whichever the outcome, we end up having transformed one another in this vulnerable-making process of speaking and listening.
Maria Popova

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 293

Playing Marbles With Diamonds

We each need to find our way home in this little life. Not just walk someone else’s trail.
Douglas Rushkoff

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Extraordinary Discourse 292


Following one of Jacques Derrida’s early questions — namely, How is writing involved in speech? — this essay reconsiders the role of the tongue and the sense of taste in the oral phenomena of speaking and saying. The contact the tongue makes with the mouth or teeth is just as much a materialization of language as what is commonly called “writing.” The tongue acts as a pen and the mouth, as a blank page (or palimpsest). Mouthed writing is accompanied by sense experiences. There are various selftastes to the tastes of speaking, the tastes of words, or, even, the tastes of thoughts.
The auto-affection of tasting-oneself-speakwriting is offered as an alternative to the metaphysical presumptions Derrida implicates in Husserl’s understanding of speech based on the auto-affection of hearing-oneself-speak. As such, writing (haunted by the trace of death) and speech (invested with living- presence) is now confronted with the selftastes of speakwriting with one’s stylangue [stylo + langue] in and on the mouth as the scene of writing (ever accompanied by tastes of life-death).
Speech & Oral Phenomena: Tastetexts, Memory, & the Mouth as the Scene of Writing (Or, the Telepathology of Everyday Life-Death)
Virgil W. Brower