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Poetic Thinking 2016 | January 24, 2020

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Alternate Eurydices

March 16, 2016 |

As we discussed the Orpheus myth last week, it made me think of other versions of it that I’ve encountered. Both are by women, and both give a lot more voice to Eurydice than to Orpheus. The first one is … Read More

Poetic Thinking in Massumi

March 16, 2016 | 1

As I gather my thoughts and books for the next quarter’s work, I found an echo of our time together in Brian Massumi’s Parables for the Virtual. I already can see this will be a difficult text for me, and I … Read More

Death and The Button Moulder

March 9, 2016 |

Thinking about The Seventh Seal, I have been thinking about how Death is portrayed. We spoke a little bit last week about the fact that Death is not Satan, not evil. He has no malice for the knight, even though he … Read More

Coetzee, Reilly

March 3, 2016 | 1

After our discussion of Elizabeth Costello last Wednesday, I continued to think about the relationship between writer and his/her work. Maybe things like the author’s intention are of no importance, but maybe a consideration of the author’s intention could help to … Read More

Dear Joan

February 23, 2016 | 3

Dear Joan,

I have been thinking about thinking. Being critical v. (what strikes me as its colloquial opposite) being generous.

Thinking against v. thinking with. Reading generously as an antidote to “picking and picking and picking.”

But still: I hate … Read More

On Beauty

February 3, 2016 | 2

The Yamamura film that Andrew shared, along with Richter’s work, along with the entire scope of this class has made me wonder about beauty. I think I used to believe that art’s main purpose was to be beautiful. So easy … Read More

From Last Week’s Class…

February 1, 2016 |

I wanted to briefly draw attention to something Becca said in class that I thought was interesting, but which unfortunately got wrapped up in the whirlpool of conversation that rapidly took us somewhere else. Amir had just mentioned the idea … Read More

Writing Pain

January 27, 2016 | 1

Reading an excerpt of Thus Spoke Zarathustra this week was a little puzzling, and frustrating for me. Maybe I just can’t escape what I’ve heard (See Bloom’s take: “the apology of a failed poet who could not acknowledge his failure” (228)), and … Read More

When did living become such an inconvenience…

January 13, 2016 |

…that wine and food and love were necessary to “ply oneself” from any dismal “reality” that either a wise person or a fool would construct? When Qohelet despairs that “A dead fly makes the perfumer’s oil chalice stink,” am I … Read More