Sunday, June 8, 2003

Cloudy day writing

I've noticed that I blog more when I am writing an academic paper - and some might say I become downright verbose. Surely part of that is procrastination and escape, but there must be something more. I'm reading and thinking and writing more. I'm at my computer but all over the place ...

This afternoon's inspiration:

"The existence of other people is a difficulty and an outrage for objective thought."

- M. Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception

"In the framework of the aesthetic paradigm so dear to me, the play aspect is not bothered by finality, utility, practicality, or what we might call 'realities', but rather it is what stylizes existence and brings out its essential characteristic. Thus, I believe that the [undirected] being-together is a basic given. Before any other determination or qualification, there is this vital spontaneity ..."

- Michel Maffesoli, The Time of the Tribes

"There remain bodies, which are forces, nothing but forces. But force no longer refers to a centre, anymore than it confronts a set of obstacles. It only confronts other forces, it refers to other forces that it affects or that affect it.

- Gilles Deleuze, Cinema 2: The Time-Image

(Oh yeah, and here's a picture of my ear.)

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