(un)common ground

a commonplace book

Language Does More Than Describe

And so, it is imperative in these times to remain self-reflective. Now more than ever, we must be vigilant about the language we use. For the language we use does … Continue reading

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What One Thinks One Knows

[O]ne must always take great care with what one thinks one knows, because behind it one finds concealed an endless chain of unknowns, the last of which will probably prove … Continue reading

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Analysis of a Sentence of Saramago

Languages are conservative, they always carry their archives with them and hate having to be updated. José Saramago, Seeing (2006) Notes: The aphorism takes a subordinate, dual-part form: equivalent statement (A … Continue reading

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Words, Out There, Wandering Around Alone

Those words, which probably no one else, at least not in that precise form, would ever have said before, had the good fortune not to have lost each other, they … Continue reading

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5 Habits of Depolarizing People

1. Criticize from within (“In other words, criticize the other—whether person, group, or society—on the basis of something you have in common.”) 2. Look for goods in conflict (“Some conflicts … Continue reading

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Don’t Be Distracted with the Surface; Inquire Deeper

The spectacle appears at first as just a maelstrom of images swirling about the suck hole of their own nothingness. Here is a political leader. Here is one with better … Continue reading

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Indicators of Sexism in Fiction

Powerful women are threatening to men (see “overbearing wife,” “femme fatale,” “punitive matriarchal leaders”) Male heroes talk down to women Female bodies are casually violated (see rape, pregnancy…any kind of … Continue reading

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What Does Literary Theory Do?

Literary theory is a negative movement of thought mapping the ways in which it is legitimate to be suspicious of communication. [It] is an antithetical counterforce to that which is … Continue reading

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The Right (Hi)story

As Alun Munslow has suggested, in a post-modern world we must accept that we cannot hope to really know the past: all we are really doing is considering a number … Continue reading

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Spectacle Abolishes Motives and Consequences

[T]he public confines itself to spectacle’s primary virtue, which is to abolish all motives and all consequences: what matters to this public is not what it believes but what it … Continue reading

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