Saturday, April 30, 2011
This is analytically tedious, the first few paragraphs, but it apparently had to be done for the non-tedious discussions which follow, since I started as a felt like starting and went on as I felt like going on: into an analysis of action resonant (to my mind) with the ironical condition of indwelling (previous post).
-- gary e. davis --- 9:44 PM
Friday, April 29, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
part 1: a morning of perspective
It’s important to have balanced attitude toward the theater of world affairs. Is it my fault I get infatuated with Gail? Ms. Collins used to be the NYTimes Editorial Page Editor. One only achieves that royal position if one has a great nose for narrative called “news.”
part 2: an evening of conceptual art
Julie Cloutier leaves pebble portraits around S.F. She finds a pebble, does a drawing of it, then places the drawing exactly where she found the pebble. Also, there is a map of the locations. It’s uncertain whether any of the drawings will be at those locations at a later time.
-- gary e. davis --- 7:45 PM
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Should you think (in the sense of affectation that means: In case you do so think) that I’m lost to some idiosyncratic way of mind, look at an account of Peggy Kamuf’s mourning of her dear friend Jacques Derrida, which may be about a sense of beauty on each side of mourning, which would be a principle of hope on the other side of lost potential. “Another name for this special kind of receptive vigilance—without which there would be no surprise— is ‘reading.’ Only when one approaches a text as an unknown other can one be surprised by it. To encounter the other, therefore, is to be on the watch for surprising encounters that can only take place when one encounters the other as text.”
-- gary e. davis --- 9:40 AM
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I’m ambivalent about getting into a new, long discussion at “my” Habermas group, but I’ve responded to a subscriber, which has led to me responding to 2 subscribers, and I’ve gotten more formal about it today, which I’ll indicate in a moment.
My history of involvement with the group would be incomprehensible to most others. How far I am away from all that feels impossible to represent, yet I appreciate others’ interest in Habermas immensely and intend to return to all that someday.
So, my social-theoretical identity hasn’t died. He’s just become a distant kindred I’m not currently influenced by. But writing to a Habermasian view (from a Habermasian perspective) is like riding a bicycle.
-- gary e. davis --- 2:51 PM
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Saturday, April 09, 2011
a possibly-overwhelming appeal
of a conceptual nexus—no: comprehensiveness—implicated
in something, anything
of “the” world, one’s world
Affairs!—so many kinds of energies
forming so many kinds of flows
species of idea
possibilities of design
Eros and Psyche possessing
pensive stillness, here: one more
thing to say
-- gary e. davis --- 9:20 AM
Friday, April 01, 2011
I did some revision to the second half of “playing for keeps,” which makes it more complementary to “a validating frame of mind,” which has been honed alot. There’s now much more cogency to the road.
I say more about that elsewhere, to you. (I still can’t only write you privately.) I want to add more there today that’s less academic.
Maybe you have new blogwork to appreciate.
I hope you had an unusually pleasant day.
-- gary e. davis --- 6:31 PM