Sunday, October 7, 2007

Hass n Stevens

Recent APR article by Leisl Olson on Hass, Stevens, and Rilke makes me painfully aware of how little I know. Does beauty become terrifying if pushed beyond a certain tipping point? Is formlessness ugly? Is overly "formal," over-articulated beauty what causes us to wake from our trance and run for our lives? Is any of this relevant? Is this the same as asking whether Stevens is relevant? Is being relevant philosophically and musically that much better than being relevant musically? Is the neglect of philosophy a tacit vote for the ideology of the status quo? Yes yes yes yes --I don't know.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.
--Yogi Berra

If the world really is as flat as Freidman say's I wish to greet myself here and now at the start of a flat career. I'd thought the world would shrink so that you could get your hands around it, but if it's flat can you see both sides?

Would it be possible to set this up as an open source litmag? Publiish what you want in reader comments. I take no responsibility unless I wrote it myself.