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Poetic Thinking 2016 | February 27, 2020

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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

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

Joan Didion, Emily Post, and Reclaiming Pre-Feminist Handbooks

February 24, 2016 | 1

Joan Didion, in The Year of Magical Thinking, finds Emily Post’s 1922 manual about etiquette to be the most helpful in helping her understand her own experience of grief. Didion culls through various texts in her mourning, looking for answers. … Read More

Death in the Cabbage Patch

February 24, 2016 | 2

Our discussion of Montaigne and his notion of a swift death made me think of the death of Vito Corleone in The Godfather. Montaigne writes: “I want Death to find me planting my cabbages, neither worrying about it nor the unfinished gardening” … 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

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

Musings on death

February 19, 2016 | 1

It is said that those who fear death secretly fear life. They fear, perhaps, the end of the possibility of life — the point at which that potential finally becomes unrealised forever, always already unrealised. But those who grasp life, … Read More

Response to the Anderson Collection: Oakland Maquette, Fletcher Benton, 1969

February 17, 2016 |

Fletcher Benton’s Oakland Maquette is part television, part swimming pool. Although its structure mimics the shape of the kind of small television you might have found sitting on the counter of a suburban kitchen in 1969, the central action of Oakland Maquette … Read More