Posts Tagged ‘ silence ’

The Anne Carson Interview | Quarterly Conversation

 

As I was interviewing the classicist, poet, and author Anne Carson in June, 2017 via e-mail about her new translation of The Bakkhai, the question-and-answer process felt like a consultation with the ancient Pythia. Much like an ancient Greek attempting to get an answer from the priestess of Apollo, I had to go through a few layers — book publicist and agent—and the answers I received back can best be described as intriguing and esoteric; they varied in length from a few words to a paragraph to no response at all. Every reply was also written in all lower case, including the first-person singular “i,” an idiosyncrasy that seemed almost playful, and is something I usually see in the prose or text messages of a student or a younger person. Like a Greek hearing those ambiguous missives given by the Pythia, I was repeatedly surprised by the puzzling, thought-provoking answers I received.

Source: The Anne Carson Interview | Quarterly Conversation

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Silence, Odilon Redon | inni in vani

Source: Silence, Odilon Redon | inni in vani

when silence – Leonard Cohen

 

 

Silence

and a deeper silence

when the crickets

hesitate

– Leonard Cohen

from  James Agee, “A Death in the Family” | Mythology of Blue

And somewhat as in blind night, on a mild sea, a sailor may be made aware of an iceberg, fanged and mortal, bearing invisibly near, by the unwarned charm of its breath, nothingness now revealed itself: that permanent night upon which the stars in their expiring generations are less than the glinting of gnats, and nebulae, more trivial than winter breath; that darkness in which eternity lies bent and pale, a dead snake in a jar, and infinity is the sparkling of a wren blown out to sea; that inconceivable chasm of invulnerable silence in which cataclysms of galaxies rave mute as amber.

— James Agee, A Death in the Family

Mythology of Blue : And somewhat as in blind night, on a mild sea, a….

Film Review: “The Better Angels”

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Braydon Denney in “The Better Angels,” by A. J. Edwards. Credit Amplify

“The Better Angels” Film Review

As Clear As Cloud by Yoko Tawada | Asymptote

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    Illustration by Cody Cobb

“I was locked up in solitary confinement on the side of a sea cliff for many years. The only things I could speak with were the waves, the wind, and the trees. Not even the birds would say anything to me.”  – Yoko Tawada

As Clear As Cloud | Asymptote

Arts of the Possible: Adrienne Rich on Writing, Capitalism, Freedom, and How Silence Fertilizes the Human Imagination | Brain Pickings

Rich begins by considering the perilous interplay of the market and the mind in capitalist culture:

Arts of the Possible: Adrienne Rich on Writing, Capitalism, Freedom, and How Silence Fertilizes the Human Imagination | Brain Pickings.

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