"For the man in a literate and homogenized society ceases to be sensitive to the diverse and discontinuous life of forms."
— from The Medium is the Message by Marshall McLuhan
"The poet, the artist, the sleuth — whoever sharpens our perception tends to be antisocial; rarely “well-adjusted,” he cannot go along with currents and trends. A strange bond often exists among anti-social types in their power to see environments as they really are."
— Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage
Writer’s Block: Novelist George Bowering with a cigarette in hand and his trusty Remington portable typewriter.
Machuca dir. by Andres Wood
"The Coming of Light" by Mark Strand
"Refusal" by Susan Musgrave
"The reason why he’s committed to taking his psychiatric drugs isn’t that he knows if they’re even working, but it gives him a kind of ritual, this rite of self-abnegation where he’s saying to the world that he has a maimed condition, that he requires some kind of treatment. So he actually doesn’t seem very interested in whether they help or hurt him chemically, so much as it’s almost like a social form where he gets it to kind of remind himself that again he’s distanced from his experience because he has some kind of disorder that the world considers in need of treatment. I mean he’s interested in what counts as an immediate experience, and sometimes protecting himself from that immediate experience, and I think drugs are like art works, they become ways of either intensifying the experience of the real or obliterating the real through some kind of chemical screen."
— On Leaving the Atocha Station. Ben Lerner in conversation with Eleanor Wachtel (CBC Radio, Writers and Company).
"Melancholy betrays the world for the sake of knowledge. But in its tenacious self-absorption it embraces dead objects in its contemplation, in order to redeem them."
— Walter Benjamin, The Origin of German Tragic Drama