Dec 31, 2007
Dec 15, 2007
"There exist impolite actions. It is impolite to ask a man to loan you fifty rubles if you saw that he just put two-hundred in his pocket. It's his business whether to give you the money or to decline and the most convenient and pleasant way to decline is to lie that you have none. You've seen that this man has the money and thereby you have stripped him of the opportunity to simply and pleasantly decline. You have stripped him of his right to choose, and that's rotten. It is an impolite and tactless act. And to ask a person 'Do you believe in God?' is also an impolite and tactless act."
Dec 14, 2007
Dec 13, 2007
Dec 5, 2007
This is a particular set of vowels and consonants
And this is a particular set of vowels and consonants
Gilgamesh was two-thirds god and one-third man
This countermands this
The Greeks used “logos” to mean both “ratio” and “word”
I can use as many words and letters as I like and I deplete no storehouse or resource
One thing is different from each other
Dec 4, 2007
Dec 3, 2007
Iris everyday for school has to do a half hour of independent reading. I always make her read aloud to me. But today her teacher forgot to send home the books folder in every student's backpack. We got the French poetry anthology that Paul Auster edited and Iris read Paul Eluard's "Liberty," then Raymond Queneau's "Sines" and "If You Imagine," and then she picked out a page from Anne-Marie Albiach's "Enigma." Then we typed this together:
Dec 2, 2007
I thought of the title of this blog while watching a flight of pigeons this morning. They gather on some telephone wires near where I live. At intervals, something will cause them to alight all at once. It's not always evident what causes this. But then they fly around in a flock, figure8s or elongated ovals, passing back over their roost several times before finally taking up the same post again. Watching a flock of birds fly and wheel together is a deeply satisfying experience. I wonder how I would possibly know whether or not, or how, decisions are being made there.
It's hard to say what, if anything, will be different here. I'll leave comments enabled, is one thing.