Archive for April, 2013

I like the way James Joyce rolls

April 19, 2013

the Wheel of Dependent Origination:

In the ignorance that implies impression that knits knowledge that finds the nameform that whets the wits that convey contacts that sweeten sensation that drives desire that adheres to attachment that dogs death that bitches birth that entails the ensuance of existentiality.

Finnegans Wake

on page 18 of my penguin paperback


not truth but stability, a kind of strange stability

April 10, 2013

Don’t accept commonplaces, not because they’re common, but because they’re foreign.  Find your own; study them but don’t reveal them, just so you know what seem your necessary half-truths: shabby curtains, imperfectly blotted-out mistakes with their place in your life being not truth but stability, a kind of strange stability–old trolleys in a sprawling city. Dare look at them squarely.

Go down, yes, down into you, toward that huge aisle of shelves of unglorified needs.  You have to. Afterwards you can, you must, come back up.

Henri Michaux from Tent Posts

translated by Lynn Hoggard