Keith Waldrop: Tuning

Herr Stimmung—purblind—moves in corporeal time.
 
    Think how many, by now, have escape the world’s memory.
 
    Think, how all his wandering is only thought. Having once tried to
live in the quasi-stupor of sensation, now he picks his way through
areas of spilth, seeking the least among infinite evils.
 
    His hope: intermittent.
 
    To a person so little conscious, what would it mean to die? Though
he feels, true enough, death’s wither-clench. Thinking always of
something permanent, watching the while how everything goes on
changing.
 
    He has seen where Speed is buried. Eyes exorbitant.
 
    He has the tension of male and female: active, divided. Anger and
lust. What he eats tastes exactly like real food.
 
    He would search out interphenomena, if he could decipher the
interstices. The broken line. Immediate havoc. Circular heaven.
Square earth. He cries world world, and there is no world.
 
    He claims superiority over the other animals, being the only one
who can talk, the only one to have doubts.
 
    Herr Stimmung knows a whale is big. Its skeleton might shelter a
dozen men.
 
    Not existing, not subsisting—insisting. Not object, not subject—
eject. (He works within opposed systems, every one of them opposed
to system.)
 
    “Fillette”—in confusion he addresses himself—”n’allez pas au bois
seulette.”
 
    He knows who is allowed to wear what kinds of beads. He knows
how fruit trees are inherited. All his self-objects lie in the inoperative
past.
 
    Herr Stimmung springs from a long undocumented ancestry.
 
    He has a special attitude towards terror.

 

Keith Waldrop, “Tuning” from The House Seen from Nowhere. Copyright © 2002 by Keith Waldrop. 

Reading Literature and Empathy: A Remedy for Bullying?

Reading Literature and Empathy: A Remedy for Bullying?

 

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=novel-finding-reading-literary-fiction-improves-empathy

Transcendentalism: Thoreau on Writing

“Nothing goes by luck in composition. . . . The best you can write will be the best you are. Every sentence is the result of a long probation. The author’s character is read from title page to end” (Thoreau, 2009:159)

I’m writing about Transcendentalism tonight and its enduring relativity embedded in modern American individualism.  Hence, the quotes and poems by Transcendentalist founders.  While we indeed have deep roots within Puritanism as a nation, we are equally influenced by the individualism espoused by this quasi-religion.  In reflecting upon the condition of American society today, it seems clear that the divisions that separate these two distinct ideologies, their seeds planted during the time of our foundation, still frame the divisions we face as a collective people today.

Self or Denial of Self?  That is the question…

Saturday Edition: What we’re writing and reading

Live to Write - Write to Live

Welcome to this Saturday Edition of What We’re Writing and Reading in which we share some of what we’re up to with our writing (when we’re not here) and what we’re into with our reading (around the web). We’ll also pull back the curtain a little to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what went into a piece.

We hope you enjoy this little diversion and encourage you to share your own posts and picks in the comments.

Happy writing! Happy reading! 

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headshot_jw_thumbnailJamie Wallace: My week was off-kilter this week. At noon on Monday, my daughter’s school called to let me know that my peanut was sitting in the nurse’s office feeling crappy. Luckily, it turned out to be “just” a cold, but she wound up being home on the couch until Thursday morning. Even though she’s a good egg and able to keep herself occupied with books…

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GrammoWriMo

Writings of a Mrs

GrammoWriMo

 

As you probably know, hundreds of thousands of writers sign up for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) each year — essentially volunteering to write one 50,000-word novel from scratch in a month’s time. That’s a lot of writing for authors who may want to participate in NaNoWriMo, but are running short on free time. (Like ME)

Have you all heard about the Grammarly Group writing project coming up this November?

If not take a look.

They plan to organize the largest group of authors to ever collaborate on a novel; they’re calling the project #GammoWriMo.

For more information on this unique and oh so creative opportunity please check out the link I provided below.

Happy writing to you all!

http://www.grammarly.com/blog/2013/nanowrimo/

http://www.grammarly.com/grammowrimo/

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