In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. “Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” He didn’t say any more, but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that.
“No more behind
But such a day tomorrow as today
And to be boy eternal.
The second Brandenburg concerto, on an indestructible phonograph disc, is drifting eternally in space affixed to Voyager II” –David Markson, from his novel Reader’s BlockScreen dumps from the book Starting With Derrida by Sean Gaston
Screen dumps from the book This is Not a Tragedy: The Works of David Markson By Françoise Palleau-Papin
As I presented it in my previous post, I’m doing a deconstrucitve conceptual piece with the following recipe: Retype all the lyrics from Beck’s album Sea Change and Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool in chronological order of the track lists, the oldest album first. Deconstruct the parts of the lyrics which you can interpret to be about break ups, thus pointing to the différance – as you coin the term – between the concept of break ups in the two albums.
To begin with the part where I coin the term différance, I here quote the paragraphs which Kenneth Goldsmith did when he sang Derrida, as a foundational resource of an analysis which recognizes that even an deconstructive explanation has to end somewhere (it’s short lines in the quote because that’s how they are when you quote from Of Grammatology in the document at monoskop and I don’t bother erasing all the line shifts. Besides, it seems more objectivist that way, and that I like):
Stanley Fish is quoted in the following senses in Behan McCullagh, The Truth of History (Routledge 1998):
(1). Stanley Fish has declared that texts do not have a literal meaning.”There is no such thing as literal meaning, if by literal meaning one means a meaning that is perspicuous no matter what the context and no matter what is in the speaker’s or hearer’s mind, a meaning that because it is prior to interpretation can serve as a constraint on interpretation.” (p135-1365).
(2) When Stanley Fish discussed the problem, he noted that some historians such as Elizabeth Fox-Genovese had resolved it by simply declaring that historians can discover the truth about the past. His reply is that historians cannot know the past because in describing the past they use a language, “and that language must itself proceed from some ideological vision.” (p170)
John F. Kennedy
See The Wheeler Dealers.
God bless you sir.
That’s alright, buddy. We all feel the same. Anybody who has the courage to marry somebody named Eunice can’t be all bad.
See The Wheeler Dealers, won’t you? Now showing at two theaters in downtown Dallas, the Capri downtown Dallas and The Hollywood in downtown Fort Worth. Don’t forget, President Kennedy’s speech today has been billed as a major event. KLIF news, of course, will be bringing you excerpts of that speech throughout the afternoon. OK? I’m Andy Fine and away we go on the Rex Jones show.
The first of the two most glorious holidays of the year is coming. So it won’t be long until you make a most important meat purchase. Yes, Thanksgiving is only days away and this happy holiday will be just a little better this year if a little forethought goes into the purchase of a traditional turkey. Naturally, you want a turkey that gives you extra meat per pound. And if you’re like most families, you’ll want a turkey that offers the most sweet, absolutely delicious white meat per pound. There are turkeys that meet these requirements. You’ll find them at your grocer’s bearing the famous Armour star. Yes, ma’am, I’m talking about Armour Star broad breasted turkeys, government inspected and graded to give your family a very special treat this Thanksgiving. Armour Star turkeys have moderately deep, well-rounded breasts with extra white meat, plenty of dark meat too. When you shop at your grocer’s for that Thanksgiving turkey, get an Armour Star broad breasted turkey. Government inspected and graded to assure you of the very best. Armour Star, best by far. (From the book of conceptual poetry, Seven American Deaths and Disasters by Kenneth Goldsmith https://monoskop.org/log/?p=11688)
I can remember where I was. And I can prove it. I have witnesses. And unlike many of the men and women who inadvertently became witnesses in Dallas that day, my witnesses are still alive.
You see, at the very moment snipers were busy making Jack Kennedy’s wish come true (see quote below), I was taking aim on a grassy knoll . . . behind the gymnasium at Dean Junior College. I was in archery class and I was shooting a bow and arrow. Valerie Palucci was watching me. And I was trying to impress Valerie Palucci’s breasts. The rest of Valerie didn’t exist for me at that age. Nothing else existed. I always directed all of my communication skills directly to her breasts. (From the non fiction book UFOs, JFK and Elvis http://www.ibelz.com/
–John Kennedy, asked how he would choose to die
Neverending Story 2 towards the end: “The Emptiness cannot be destroyed.
lt had to be filled with love.”
(image source: https://drafthouse.com/show/the-neverending-story-ii )