April 30, 2015
On Blogging, Accompaniment, and Gratitude
This has been an interesting April of blogging for me. While I read blogs, I’ve never myself blogged before. It was more difficult than I’d anticipated, and more enjoyable. What I so value in the ...
April 29, 2015
"A Place in the Sun"
Jane Gregory’s poem articulates exactly my feeling of being in the late afternoon, late April sun today on April 29, 2015:DOOM / MOODIn the dumb mud of attention, dear Judge, mood was everything, up ...
April 26, 2015
Anna Karenina, Dance, and Relief
Last week, I saw the Eifman St. Petersburg Ballet perform Anna Karenina. Before the performance, Julia Zarankin gave a lecture on the novel to ballet-goers. She said that Tolstoy was deeply interested ...
April 25, 2015
Geology, Thinking, and a Tent
As Jan Zwicky’s Wittgensteinian “The Geology of Norway” kept and keeps circling through my mind and body, I remembered Liz Howard’s gorgeous poem, “Thinktent,” which also works with, among ...
April 24, 2015
On Being Led by a Poem
Yesterday evening, a friend emailed me a copy of Jan Zwicky’s “The Geology of Norway” from the collection Songs for Relinquishing the Earth (Brick Books, 1998). I’d never read the poem before, ...
April 20, 2015
Otherwiseness: Thinking with José Muñoz and Lauren Berlant
About seven years ago, I wrote a series of terrible poems, each of which was trying to work out in my own head and writing how to think about “otherwise” as a process of perceiving and thinking. I ...
April 17, 2015
On the Otherwise of a Shipwrecked Singularity
In these posts, I keep gesturing towards a transformable/transformed future, one that with different modes of attention, care, action, and responsibility, could emerge. A future that draws on the activities ...
April 15, 2015
Spring in Elsinore
In the beginning of Spring I often think of the very beginning of Hamlet:ACT ISCENE I. Elsinore. A platform before the castle.FRANCISCO at his post. Enter to him BERNARDOBERNARDOWho's there?FRANCISCONay, ...
April 14, 2015
Thinking (Again and More) with M. NourbeSe Philip's Zong!
In returning to thinking about Zong!, I’m also returning to the idea of neuro-plasticity, the forming and deforming inscriptions experience leaves on the brain. When reading Zong! or when listening ...
April 13, 2015
Thinking with M. NourbeSe Philip's Zong!
I thought today I’d write about a text that beautifully, painfully, brilliantly performs some of the affective and political work that I’ve been writing about in past posts: M. NourbeSe Philip’s ...