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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

354b/(154b, 154, 354, 144b)

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

Philosophy and Thinking

March 14, 2016 | 4

This is a passage from Wittgenstein’s Zettel:



Maybe of use in our thinking of the nature of thinking.

What role, if any, can philosophy play in poetic thinking? What are the knots? And if the task of … 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

Chess, Imagination, and Fear in 1957

March 9, 2016 | 2

Bobby Fischer was at the height of his powers in 1957. At 14 years old, he was rising to his position as world champion, a title which he would win in 1958. In the Cold War year’s of Bobby Fischer’s … 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

This Love is a Gas Chamber

March 9, 2016 | 2

Barthes writes:

Is it not indecent to compare the situation of a love-sick subject to that of an inmate of Dachau? Can one of the most unimaginable insults of History be compared with a trivial, childish, sophisticated, obscure incident occurring … 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

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