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Poetic Thinking 2016 | January 20, 2020

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Posts By Vivian Lam

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March 15, 2016 | 1

“Moreover, perhaps it isn’t love when I say you are what I love the most–you are the knife I turn inside myself, this is love. This, my dear, is love.” — F. Kafka

Montaigne, after losing his dear friend Étienne de … Read More

Fear no more the heat of the sun

March 12, 2016 |

**NB: This essay seeks to address the existentialist themes of The Seventh Seal, focusing mainly on the paradox of the pour-soi and Kierkegaard’s “crowd,” drawing from No Exit, The Ethics of Ambiguity, and The Myth of Sisyphus, among others. As Harry’s posts suggest, … Read More

Struggling to Hear/Tenth Elegy

March 7, 2016 | 4






















When Orpheus failed to bring Eurydice out of

the darkness,

he fell in love with a Lament.

He wanders … Read More

De Düva

February 28, 2016 | 2

For fans (or non-fans?) of Ingmar Berman, I highly recommend this 1968 parody short on his works (if chesska is the game of life, then why not badmintonska? Baseballska?).[and here’s a rotoscope parody of the parody].

Where does parody fit in … Read More

Shot dead

February 19, 2016 | 3

“would you still want to travel to that country if you could not take a camera with you. – a question of appropriation” ― Nayyirah Waheed, salt.

The photograph allows us to possess space and time, compress it into a … Read More

Tasteful gimmicks for the dreamer

February 15, 2016 |

Hearkening back to our first encounter with the “verse contributing” capabilities of the iPad Air, a tangential Google search for “Je refuse” led me to a concise but vaguely transcendental write up on Sartre’s rejection of the Nobel Prize.  A … Read More

Black on Grey

February 5, 2016 |





On his deathbed, he shook hands with the ether:

If lunar landscapes recall death, does that mean there is LifeTM Out There?

Or are we just transcendentally homeless?

Luminous, or suffocating?

Are we … Read More

Misuse is sublime

January 29, 2016 | 1

Apropos to our discussion about art and poetic thinking translated from the private to the public space, and how the engagement of autonomous bodies with complete liberty to interact with public installations (save for vandalism, perhaps—but would … Read More

Philosophy is dying

January 17, 2016 |

The prime time to produce exceedingly quotable material is when life is (perceived to be) at its most “concise”—when there’s an unspoken injunction to be prone to “pithiness.”

The invalid is the tortured philosopher, the rational artist, the lucid prophet … Read More

A certain type

January 9, 2016 |





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Where is the Manager I need to terminate terminate terminate this program— They said that the world is at our plodding sordid fingertips but who are these gods who tell us that we are … Read More