Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Man's great affliction, which begins in infancy and accompanies him till death, is that looking and eating are two different operations. Eternal beatitude is a state where to look is to eat.
...
The vulnerability of precious things is beautiful because vulnerability is a mark of existence.

- Simone Weil

Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

Every threshold was cool-grimed
marble---our light green

stunt, our light
blue balooning. There stooped---

whereupon, wrenched---

a cornered tree. If surnames'd
been found pinned

to that that that.

Thus glossy green
resounds off blue marble leavings.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Sunday, August 15, 2010

John Harkey is the CEO of Consolidated Restaurant Companies. He served with Arthur Simon on the Special Committee to negotiate the deal with MHR.

John Harkey is an avid outdoor adventurer who enjoys physical challenges. His exploits started in 1997 when he scaled Washington state's Mount Rainier, which is considered the most extreme endurance ice climb in the United States. That same year, he competed in the auto racing World Challenge series at Sears Point in Sonoma, Calif.

John Harkey is an aspiring free lance sports journalist specializing in football-related news and events.

"I've worked closely with John Cracken and John Harkey, and I've come to trust their judgment in evaluating companies. They are very thorough in the conduct of due diligence and creative in structuring a win-win transaction for all involved."

From teen to man, restauranteur John Harkey has channeled the energy of an entrepreneur.
...
STEPHENSON, Augustus A. "Gus" (killed by John Harkey).
HARKEY, John A. (killed by "Gus" Augustus Stephenson).

Friday, August 13, 2010

Domestic Abstraction

Coronal Mass Ejection

There was a "viscous, colloidal fog" that temporarily
took the form of a garden.
There were 30 seconds of weightlessness.
There was a burst of light and wind; later, all that remained was
"a mountain of disjointed facts that strain credulity."
(The austral summer is 5 months of no nighttime.)
Someone said "shame will save humanity."

..........
Each was coming from and headed towards something.

The question 'where are we?' is deferred, withheld, for several days.

Each, together, is reading & manipulating signs & objects, always in the shadow of a heaving, menacing thing: force or being.

Each cuts a certain figure socially, appears to be a certain type of person; the signs they present and produce are read according to the nearest familiar type connoted, and then further experiences (additional signs) modify this initial reading---overturn it, refine it, complicate it, and/or cement it.

Each must relive the event via the intensely subjective memory of catastrophe that is lodged like shrapnel in the mind.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Some Peirce

"A sign, or representamen, is something which stands to somebody for something in some respect or capacity. It addresses somebody, that is, creates in the mind of that person an equivalent sign, or perhaps a more developed sign. That sign which it creates I call the interpretant of the first sign. The sign stands for something, its object. It stands for that object, not in all respects, but in reference to a sort of idea, which I have sometimes called the ground of the representamen. (A Fragment, CP 2.228, c. 1897)

"It is important to understand what I mean by semiosis. All dynamical action, or action of brute force, physical or psychical, either takes place between two subjects (whether they react equally upon each other, or one is agent and the other patient, entirely or partially) or at any rate is a resultant of such actions between pairs. But by "semiosis" I mean, on the contrary, an action, or influence, which is, or involves, a coöperation of three subjects, such as a sign, its object, and its interpretant, this tri-relative influence not being in any way resolvable into actions between pairs." ('Pragmatism', EP 2:411, 1907)

Friday, August 6, 2010

This Morning's Notices

- Back to School Rug Sale: Save 55% with Coupon at Rugs USA
- Teaching Opportunities at Graceville Corrections Facility
- NY Times: 'Russia, Crippled By Drought, Bans Grain Exports'
- A-Word-A-Day: 'vainglorious'
- Borders: 25% Off Your Purchase, Plus Glitter Ball Giveaway & Silly Bandz Swap!
- FYI: Folger Institute Paleography Skills Course

Monday, August 2, 2010

List of All Book Titles Within View as a Composite Clue to One Creature's Umwelt

On the Anarchy of Poetry and Philosophy
Semiotics in the United States
The Truth of Poetry
A New Theory for American Poetry
Introducing Semiotics
Figuring the Word
Language and the Distortion of Meaning
Broken English
Modernisms
Regeneration Through Violence
Disjunctive Poetics
The Subject of Semiotics
Connoisseurs of Chaos
The Principles of Art
Radiant Textuality
The Shape of Time
Philosophy in a New Key
Black Riders
Toy Medium
A Natural History of Pragmatism
The American Poetry Wax Museum
Selected Prose, Daybooks, and Papers
The Poetics of the Common Knowledge
Thinking Poetics
The Practice of Everyday Life
The Visible Word
The Gift of Death
The Poetics of Space
The Language of Inquiry
Pragmatism
The Varieties of Religious Experience
Vigilance
Radical Vernacular
Microscripts
The Labyrinth of Language
How to Do Things With Words
The Medium is the Massage
The Body in Pain
Some Forms of Availability
Line Break
The Life of Poetry
Iconology
The Object Stares Back
The Pursuit of Signs
Orality and Literacy
The Resistance to Poetry
Prepositions
The Postmodern Condition
Limited Inc
The Message in the Bottle
Powers of Horror
Economy of the Unlost
Process and Reality
Violence in America
Illuminations
Reflections
The Disheveled Dictionary
Mythologies
The Pleasure of the Text
Poetry, Language, Thought
This Republic of Suffering
Alone With America
Ferocious Alphabets
Blues People
Shorthand
Language and Myth
Concerning the Spiritual in Art
Mind: An Essay on Human Feeling
On Beauty and Being Just
Poetics of Music
The Gift
Reason, Faith, and Revolution
Mimesis
Making Your Own Days
Syncopations
Minima Moralia
Signposts in a Strange Land
American Oblique
The Shape of a Pocket
Structures, Or Why Things Don't Fall Down
Changes in the Land
History of Shit
Hotel Theory
Scrapmetal
The Rustle of Language
Conquest of the Useless