josh blog

Ordinary language is all right.

One could divide humanity into two classes:
those who master a metaphor, and those who hold by a formula.
Those with a bent for both are too few, they do not comprise a class.

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23 Dec '05 05:05:18 AM

'I am convinced that we do not only love ourselves in others but hate ourselves in others too.'

13 Dec '05 09:36:26 AM

- I don't have any pictures of you, I said. I'll be sad when we're not together anymore and I don't have any pictures to remember you by.

- Then I won't give you any pictures, she said, so you can't break up with me.

Now, no her, and no pictures.

13 Dec '05 09:01:51 AM

I wrote little this year, most of it ephemeral even to me. But when the year is done and gone there will still be some entries I return to fondly:

- nine notes on Law and Order
- 'Some Things to Note About Robert Creeley'
- notes on Menippean satire, Pynchon's V., and two notes on satirical elements of V.
- baby steps into Adorno
- self-promotion
- artistic form of jokes, the promise of beauty

I'll return to them fondly because they'll serve as reminders of the writer I wanted to be (but did not yet prove to become, as my meager production attests), and they'll serve as places from which to begin thinking again.

20 Nov '05 06:45:21 AM

What exactly do I think I would do if she did call?

18 Nov '05 07:23:54 AM

'When these painful contradictions are removed, the question as to the nature of force will not have been answered; but our minds, no longer vexed, will cease to ask illegitimate questions.'

16 Nov '05 08:08:37 AM

A fall breakup, again.

1 Nov '05 03:15:48 AM

A guide to Beethoven research.

30 Oct '05 06:57:05 AM

'They have lost the capacity of their predecessors to do anything in common.'

30 Oct '05 06:56:23 AM

'as though a kiss were a cheap thing'