Monthly Archives: October 2009

Silent Shout [archive]

i’m having a pretty hard time finding my own words these days. so i’ll let Calvin do the talking again:

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Suite from the Ballet [archive-fb]

‘Now then, thou not only wantest to go a-whaling, to find out by experience what whaling is, but ye also want to go in order to see the world? Was not that what ye said? I thought so. Well then, just step forward there, and take a peep over the weather-bow, and then back to me and tell me what ye see there.’

For a moment I stood a little puzzled by this curious request, not knowing exactly how to take it, whether humorously or in earnest. But concentrating all his crow’s feet into one scowl, Captain Peleg started me on the errand.

Going forward and glancing over the weather bow, I perceived that the ship swinging to her anchor with the flood-tide, was now obliquely pointing towards the open ocean. The prospect was unlimited, but exceedingly monotonous and forbidding; not the slightest variety that I could see.

‘Well, what’s the report?’ said Peleg when I came back; ‘what did ye see?’

‘Not much,’ I replied – ‘nothing but water; considerable horizon though, and there’s still a squall coming up, I think.’

‘Well, what dost thou think then of seeing the wold? Do ye wish to go round Cape Horn to see any more of it, eh? Can’t ye see the world where you stand?’

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Saturn [archive]

low complexity lens flare
fires me orange, over oxen
over other obviously unsublime mammals
while a
rosy-pained window dovetails my
satisfaction in Saturn, marginalia
interstellar. Continue reading

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Interstellar Space [archive]

except i also want to wish away things, like conversations. Continue reading

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1967 [archive]

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Love Explosion [archive-fb]

For all these reasons, then, any way you may look at it, you must needs conclude that the great Leviathan is that one creature in the world which must remain unpainted to the last. True, one portrait may hit the mark much nearer than another, but none can hit it with any very considerable degree of exactness. So there is no earthly way of finding out precisely what the whale really looks like. And the only mode in which you can derive even a tolerable idea of his living contour, is by going a whaling yourself; but by so doing, you run no small risk of being eternally stove and sunk by him. Wherefore, it seems to me you had best not be too fastidious in your curiosity touching this Leviathan.

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Meryl like this. Byrd wrote “‘love’ ‘explosion.'” Continue reading

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Where is My Mind? [archive]

if i smoke enough marijuana, i’ll entertain the possibility of death.

if i drink enough alcohol, i’ll forget all about death.

if i eat enough mushrooms, i’ll die and be reborn.

if i snort enough cocaine, i’ll stay awake so long that death will become impossible.

if i shoot enough heroin, i’ll welcome death. Continue reading

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Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and the Sublime, Immanuel Kant [archive]

the sight of a mountain whose snow covered peak rises above the clouds is sublime, the sight of flower-strewn meadows is beautiful.
the description of a raging storm is sublime, the description of Elysium is beautiful.
Milton’s portrayal of the infernal kingdom is sublime, Homer’s portrayal of the girdle of Venus is beautiful.
the sublime is enjoyment but with horror, the beautiful is a pleasant sensation but one that is joyous and smiling
tall oaks and lonely shadows in a sacred grove are sublime, flower beds, low hedges and trees trimmed into figures are beautiful.
night is sublime, day is beautiful.
the sublime moves, the beautiful charms.
the sublime is always great, the beautiful can be small.
the sublime must be simple, the beautiful can be adorned and ornamented.
understanding is sublime, wit is beautiful.
courage is sublime, artfulness is beautiful.
veracity and honesty are sublime, jest and flattery are beautiful.
servility is sublime, courtesy is beautiful.
the sublime stimulates esteem, the beautiful stimulates love.
friendship is sublime, love is beautiful.
tragedy is sublime, comedy is beautiful.
large stature is the sublime, small stature is the beautiful.
dark coloring and black eyes are sublime, light coloring and blue eyes are beautiful.
a somewhat greater age is sublime, youth is beautiful.
genuine virtue is sublime, adoptive virtue is beautiful.
a righteous man with a noble heart is sublime, a goodhearted man with a kind heart is beautiful.
thoughtful silence is sublime, affability is beautiful.
the sublime is melancholy, the beautiful is sanguine.
men are sublime, women are beautiful.
the Germans, English, and Spanish are sublime, the Italians and the French are beautiful. Continue reading

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