a thread for mundane ironists

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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:38 pm

Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Words are seeds, Casiopea. With words you embroider narratives, and the narratives breed myths, and there's power in the myth. Yes, the things you name have power.


Well, not our words, of course.

Dreams are for mortals.
Why?
Because they must die.


Nightmares too.

The things you name grow in power.

For example, in your head.

Ah, there is none more fearful of thieves than the one who has stolen something, and a kingdom is no small something.

Let's call this a kingdom.

I follow the direction of the wind, and I cannot be blamed if a new wind begins to blow.

After all, among other things, it's "beyond my control".

It wasn’t fair. But there wasn’t an “after” in stories, was there? The curtain simply fell. She was not in a fairy tale, in any case. What “after” could there be?

Well, death of course.
He was like a man who wanted to change all; and could not; so burned with his impotence; and had only me, an infinitely small microcosm to convert or detest. John Fowles

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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Fri Jul 31, 2020 10:04 pm

John Dos Passos

I never see the dawn that I don't say to myself perhaps.


And then one day: I never see the dawn that I don't say to myself forget it.
Either that or fuck it.
And then maybe, if you're lucky, you fall back to sleep.


I've always thought you should concentrate on paddling your own canoe.

Or even making it.

A curious thing about atrocity stories is that they mirror, instead of the events they purport to describe, the extent of the hatred of the people that tell them.

Yo, Joker!
Among others here of course.


The terrible thing about having New York go stale on you is that there's nowhere else. It's the top of the world.

Not counting Mayberry perhaps.

The people of this country are too tolerant. There's no other country in the world where they'd allow it... After all we built up this country and then we allow a lot of foreigners, the scum of Europe, the offscourings of Polish ghettos to come and run it for us.

Of course that's debatable, isn't it?

A writer ... whittles at the words and phrases of today and makes of them forms to set the mind of tomorrow's generation.

I know: How scary is that.

Man seems to be an animal whose capacity for lies is only equalled by his credulity...

This may well be the most perfect description of Trumpworld: the lies he tells, the lies they believe.
He was like a man who wanted to change all; and could not; so burned with his impotence; and had only me, an infinitely small microcosm to convert or detest. John Fowles

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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Sat Aug 01, 2020 2:34 am

Jan Mieszkowski

Is Twitter a waste of time?
Kant: What is "time"?
Bataille: What is "waste"?
Schelling: What is "is"?
Heidegger: What is "of"?
Wittgenstein: What is “a”?
Camus: Yes.


Camus, right?

English poetry: I'm in love
Italian poetry: I was in love
American poetry: I thought I was in love
German poetry: I traded love for demonic powers


Among other things, he thought, who cares?

By the time you reach your 30s, you should have:
1) realized you’re not Leibniz
2) started pretending to understand Hegel
3) developed at least 3 sarcastic quips for when people ask why you study philosophy
4) started 2 failed podcasts about Spinoza


Among other things, he thought, who cares?

Read Schopenhauer to understand Nietzsche.
Read Hegel to understand Schopenhauer.
Read Kant to understand Hegel.
Then read Spinoza to understand that you don't understand anything.


Of course Spinoza never read me.

French lit: Why didn't she love him?
British lit: Why didn't she marry him?
American lit: Why didn't she meet him?
Russian lit: Ice axe.


Let's run this by Putin.

I have a Schrödinger's cat joke but I don't have a Schrödinger's cat joke.

I'm laughing but not laughing.
He was like a man who wanted to change all; and could not; so burned with his impotence; and had only me, an infinitely small microcosm to convert or detest. John Fowles

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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Sat Aug 01, 2020 6:01 pm

Helene Cixous

Thinking is trying to think the unthinkable: thinking the thinkable is not worth the effort.


She thinks.

You only have to look at the Medusa straight on to see her. And she's not deadly. She's beautiful and she's laughing.

Unless of course you're ophidiophobic.

We must learn to speak the language women speak when there is no one there to correct us.

Tried that once myself.

I am not innocent. Innocence is a science of the sublime. And I am only at the very beginning of the apprenticeship.

Guilty as charged.

There is no greater love than the love the wolf feels for the lamb-it-doesn’t-eat.

Like there is such a wolf.

It is said that life and death are under the power of language.

Well, that and all the rest of biology.
He was like a man who wanted to change all; and could not; so burned with his impotence; and had only me, an infinitely small microcosm to convert or detest. John Fowles

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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Sat Aug 01, 2020 7:43 pm

God

Now that Trump has pretty well-established that libel laws don't apply to Twitter, I feel more comfortable discussing the many times I saw Geraldo Rivera having sex with underage girls on Jeffrey Epstein's sex island.


See Him in court, right Geraldo!

Right now it's much easier to believe in Me than believe in reality.

Fuck it, why not.

Why do bad things happen to good people?
Simple.
To even out the good things that happen to bad people.


Finally, an answer.

If you could ask Me one question, what would it be?
Keep in mind, I won't be answering it.


Let's come up with one He'll have to.

There is a 0% chance this weekend ends without the President insulting John Lewis.
0%.


Well, did he?

Thanks for the concern all, but I'm just taking time off to write My newest testament while on a working vacation on Bethselamin.
I will return angrier, wittier, and more ineffective than ever in September, just in time for lack-to-school.
In My absence, no one is in charge.


Jesus Christ, August without God?!
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Sat Aug 01, 2020 9:46 pm

Clarice Lispector

To think is an act. To feel is a fact.


Your context or mine?

Do you know that hope sometimes consists only of a question without an answer?

Of course your hope might be different.

Who has not asked himself at some time or other: am I a monster or is this what it means to be a person?

Let's synchronize our time frames and get back to this.

I do not know much. But there are certain advantages in not knowing. Like virgin territory, the mind is free of preconceptions. Everything I do not know forms the greater part of me: This is my largesse. And with this I understand everything. The things I do not know constitute my truth.

See, I told you. Repeatedly, in fact.

I only achieve simplicity with enormous effort.

Fuck that, he thought. Repeatedly, in fact.

Everything in the world began with a yes. One molecule said yes to another molecule and life was born.

Though not in English of course.
He was like a man who wanted to change all; and could not; so burned with his impotence; and had only me, an infinitely small microcosm to convert or detest. John Fowles

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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Sun Aug 02, 2020 7:35 pm

Erich Maria Remarque

But probably that's the way of the world - when we have finally learned something we're too old to apply it - and so it goes, wave after wave, generation after generation. No one learns anything at all from anyone else.


Okay, but how exaggerated?

This book is to be neither an accusation nor a confession, and least of all an adventure, for death is not an adventure to those who stand face to face with it. It will try simply to tell of a generation of men who, even though they may have escaped shells, were destroyed by the war.

I knew a few of them. And a few of them knew me.

Modesty and conscientiousness receive their reward only in novels. In life they are exploited and then shoved aside.

Unless your life is a novel.

To forget is the secret of eternal youth. One grows old only through memory. There's much too little forgetting.

On the other hand, tell that to your brain.

No matter how improbable an assertion is, if it is made with enough assurance it has an affect.

Depending on, among other things, the credulity of your audience.

We are forlorn like children, and experienced like old men, we are crude and sorrowful and superficial—I believe we are lost.

He knew that he was.
He was like a man who wanted to change all; and could not; so burned with his impotence; and had only me, an infinitely small microcosm to convert or detest. John Fowles

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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:39 pm

Daniel Day-Lewis

I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed. I hate most people.


Brutally honest enough for you?

I see a lot of movies. I love films as a spectator, and that's never obscured by the part of me that does the work myself. I just love going to the movies.

Sublimely honest enough for you?

For as long as I can remember, the thing that gave me a sense of wonderment and renewal... has always been the work of other actors.

Sure, that can work here too. No, seriously.

You can never fully put your finger on the reason why you're suddenly, inexplicably compelled to explore one life as opposed to another.

Want me to explain that? Or will you give it a try?

Making a film, setting it up and getting it cast and getting it together, is not an easy thing.

Anyone here from Hollywood disagree?

The one thing that I appear to have been given, bearing in mind that I am capable of being very, very scatty and extremely lazy, is the ability to concentrate on something I choose to give my time to.

Scatty: absentminded and disorganized.
Now you know.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Sun Aug 02, 2020 11:50 pm

tiny nietzsche

it laughs when I hurt


Probably you, right?

too drunk to fibonacci sequence

Not drunk enough to care.

who can you alienate if you can't alienate yourself?

Don't get me started.

mercury is in despair

Yo, Fixed. Should we be worried?

my horoscope says don't

Don't what he dared to ask.

rock, paper, secret police

Coming to a city near you.
He was like a man who wanted to change all; and could not; so burned with his impotence; and had only me, an infinitely small microcosm to convert or detest. John Fowles

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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:44 pm

John Cage

In that case I will devote my life to beating my head against that wall.


I'll tell me my case, you tell me yours.

An artist conscientiously moves in a direction which for some good reason he takes, putting one work in front of the other with the hope he'll arrive before death overtakes him.

Philosophers [sort of] too.

The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all. This puts one in accord with nature, in her manner of operation.

Is that scary or what?

To see, one must go beyond the imagination and for that one must stand absolutely still as though at the center of a leap.

Let's translate this into English.

As far as consistency of thought goes, I prefer inconsistency.

You know, until that bumps into the real world.

A mind that is interested in changing...is interested precisely in the things that are at extremes. I'm certainly like that. Unless we go to extremes, we won't get anywhere.

So, tell me where you draw the line and I'll tell I draw it.
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:40 pm

tiny nietzsche

all my hexes live in texas


Anything for a rhyme!

please leave the nihilist, reinforce his belief that life is meaningless

Or stay and reinforce it all the more.

your boyfriend wants to put a snowboard rack on your car and you don't even like him that much

This ever happen to you?

it takes a village to burn it down

This ever happen to yours?

leaving the television on around the clock is not an answer for despair, it is the question

As longer as it's one ot the other.

I'm often mistaken for a pile of rocks

Don't you hate that?
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Re: a thread for mundane ironists

Postby iambiguous » Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:16 pm

Terry Eagleton

All communication involves faith; indeed, some linguisticians hold that the potential obstacles to acts of verbal understanding are so many and diverse that it is a minor miracle that they take place at all.


In other words, thank god for the either/or world.

Poetry is the most subtle of the literary arts, and students grow more ingenious by the year at avoiding it. If they can nip around Milton, duck under Blake and collapse gratefully into the arms of Jane Austen, a lot of them will.

Let's just say, "close enough", and move on.

There is no way in which we can retrospectively erase the Treaty of Vienna or the Great Irish Famine. It is a peculiar feature of human actions that, once performed, they can never be recuperated. What is true of the past will always be true of it.

They don't make insights like this anymore.

One side-effect of the so-called war on terror has been a crisis of liberalism. This is not only a question of alarmingly illiberal legislation, but a more general problem of how the liberal state deals with its anti-liberal enemies.

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It is capitalism, not Marxism, that trades in futures.

Cute, but, alas, increasingly more irrelevant.

Evil is unintelligible. It is just a thing in itself, like boarding a crowded commuter train wearing only a giant boa constrictor. There is no context which would make it explicable.

Next up: Good.
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