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Poetic Thinking 2016 | February 26, 2020

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The way of Montaigne and the way of the Samurai.

February 17, 2016 |

“He who would teach men to die would teach them to live.” (p. 62)

The main point is that only through accepting and contemplating death, we can live freely. We cannot forget about death, because eventually something is going to … 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

Akira Rabelais’ Gymnopédie

February 10, 2016 | 1

In relation to Andrew’s post, I was thinking about ways to apply the language used in class to the domain of music.

In particular, there are so many example of “refiguration“ that come to mind. What about Heidegger’s “temple“?

I … 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

Artists and Aphorisms

February 5, 2016 | 1

From Kafka to Richter, we have grappled in this class with the aphoristic form. How does the aphorism serve the artist, why are artists so drawn to the contradiction, oxymoron, the pithy and playful? How does the aphorism push up … 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

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

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


January 25, 2016 | 1

I have been thinking about works of at that address similar material as Harris’ approach in I Love Your Work, but operate differently than Harris. The recent film Tangerine does not deal with pornography, rather with sex work, and is fictional rather than documentary. … Read More