Posts Tagged ‘ essay ’

A Writer’s Act of Divination

Selah Saterstrom proposes that the act of divinatory reading and the reading of a text are interchangeable, that a text is far more than a sequence of sentences.

Source: A Writer’s Act of Divination

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“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” as an Ambient Poem; a Study of a Dialectical Image; with Some Remarks on Coleridge and Wordsworth – by Timothy Morton | Romantic Circles

“The Star”

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are!
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the blazing sun is gone,
When he nothing shines upon,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Then the traveller in the dark,
Thanks you for your tiny spark:
He could not see which way to go,
If you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep,
And often through my curtains peep,
For you never shut your eye,
Till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveller in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

– Jane Taylor

This essay is a testing ground for “ambience,” exploring the role of space in poetics, ideology and theory, building on the conclusion to the book The Poetics of Spice. Though ecocriticism and ecological philosophy talk about environmental awareness and “interconnectedness,” we may not be certain of what we mean by such terms. They should, for example, remind all literary scholars of the idea, and the ideology, of the aesthetic. By closely reading the famous poem “The Star” by Jane Taylor, this essay delineates some of the poetic forms involved in the inscription of environmental awareness, such as minimalism, and the foregrounding of what in structuralism is called the “contact” or medium of communication. The essay investigates the possibility of a “feminine” form of Romantic ecology in contradistinction to more masculinist versions. It uses Jacques Lacan and Jacques Derrida to counter the representation of ecological awareness in Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre. The essay discusses the work on culture and civilization by Geoffrey Hartman and Terry Eagleton to adumbrate the ways in which public space is evoked in environmental poetics. Walter Benjamin’s notion of the “dialectical image” is employed to indicate the Janus-faced nature of the poetic and ideological fantasy of “ambience” (or “aura” in Benjamin). In considering William Wordsworth’s sonnet “Composed upon Westminster Bridge” and Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the essay investigates the virtues and vices of ambience, as opposed to a more Burkean, “maximalist” view of the natural world. The essay continues the line of thought explored in David Simpson’s Wordsworth and the Figurings of the Real, especially the final section, “Societies of Figures.”

Source: “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” as an Ambient Poem; a Study of a Dialectical Image; with Some Remarks on Coleridge and Wordsworth | Romantic Circles

Alain de Botton in School of Life

Here is Albrecht Dürer, looking – as only children usually do – very closely at a clod of earth

 

The pioneers at making life feel longer in the way that counts are not dieticians, but artists. At its best, art is a tool that reminds us of how little we have fathomed and noticed. It re-introduces us to ordinary things and reopens our eyes to a latent beauty and interest in precisely those areas we had ceased to bother with. It helps us to recover some of the manic sensitivity we had as newborns.  – Alain de Botton

Source: How to lengthen your Life – The Book of LifeThe Book of Life

My Favorite Poem by Marie Buck | Poetry Foundation

Source: My Favorite Poem by Marie Buck | Poetry Foundation

with thanks to Nada Gordon –

Ralph Nader – Land of the Lawless | Lapham’s Quarterly

The Law of Dharma, by Karen Knorr, 2008–15. Print on Hahnemühle FineArt Pearl paper. © Karen Knorr, courtesy of the artist.

How power in America has turned the rule of law into a mere myth.

Source: Land of the Lawless | Lapham’s Quarterly

Stress and obesity are linked by a protein – Orme Svelate [Footprints Unveiled]

Fantozzi contro tutti (1980)

Il sovrappeso è un problema che non va associato semplicemente all’estetica o alla salute fisica, in quanto è sempre più evidente che è strettamente collegato anche al benessere della mente. Un rec…

Source: Stress and obesity are linked by a protein – FOOTSTEPS revealed

SUNRISE: Ariana Reines’s January column – artforum.com / slant

Nobody who comes to this planet in a human body can escape the task of becoming human. That is the goal. We are here to become human. Becoming human is a task. Birth alone does not confer this gift. Birth is the beginning of the possibility of this gift being recognized, received, put into action. – Ariana Reines

Source: SUNRISE: Ariana Reines’s January column – artforum.com / slant

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