The Art of Tetman Callis

Some of the stories and poems may be inappropriate for persons under 16

The Art of Tetman Callis header image 4

Entries from September 2019

September 30th, 2019 · No Comments

“Dogs, children, and soldiers all learn the same way. Through pain, humiliation, and repetition.” – Eric McMillan, “Havoc” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

September 29th, 2019 · No Comments

“There’s two roads to take, and they’re both bad.” – Bob Dylan, Nobel Lecture Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

September 28th, 2019 · No Comments

“The task involved in bringing together the petrified remnants of yesterday and the life of today provides a vivid illustration of what tradition always means: not just the careful preservation of monuments, but the constant interaction between our aims in the present and the past to which we still belong.” – Hans-Georg Gadamer, “The Relevance […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Hans-Georg Gadamer · Lit & Crit

September 27th, 2019 · No Comments

“The question posed by contemporary art imposes from the outset the task of bringing together what threatens to fall apart into two antagonistic poles: on the one hand, the art that appears historical, and on the other, the art that seems progressive. The appearance of art as something historical can be described as the delusion […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Hans-Georg Gadamer · Lit & Crit

September 26th, 2019 · No Comments

“All artistic creation challenges each of us to listen to the language in which the work of art speaks and to make it our own. It remains true in every case that a shared or potentially shared achievement is at issue. This is true irrespective of whether the formation of a work of art is […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Hans-Georg Gadamer · Lit & Crit

September 25th, 2019 · No Comments

“The symbolic representation accomplished in art does not have to depend directly on what is already given. On the contrary, it is characteristic of art that what is represented, whether it is rich or poor in connotations or has none whatsoever, calls us to dwell upon it and give our assent in an act of […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Hans-Georg Gadamer · Lit & Crit

September 24th, 2019 · No Comments

“The contempt we have been taught to entertain for the blacks, makes us fancy many things that are founded neither in reason nor experience . . . the dictates of humanity and true policy equally interest me in favour of this unfortunate class of men.” – Alexander Hamilton to John Jay, March 14th, 1779 (from […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Alexander Hamilton · American Civil War · Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution · The Forever War

September 23rd, 2019 · No Comments

“It is a maxim with some great military judges, that with sensible officers soldiers can hardly be too stupid; and on this principle it is thought that the Russians would make the best troops in the world, if they were under other officers than their own. . . . I frequently hear it objected to […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Alexander Hamilton · Politics & Law · The American Constitution · The Forever War

September 22nd, 2019 · No Comments

“What the media have done is to create a new electronic peasantry. The experiment with democratization through mass education has failed, and the message of civilization, in achieving its widest audience, has moved toward entropy.” – William Irwin Thompson, Darkness and Scattered Light Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The American Constitution · William Irwin Thompson

September 21st, 2019 · No Comments

“The Negro’s and Negro Women are unhumanly treated, are two-thirds naked, and are very disgusting to the Eye and another Sense, Tho I begin to be more habituated to the Sight, yet I cannot be to the great Cruelty made Use of to the poor ignorant Wretches. Indeed the Title of the Overseer is a […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Economics · Politics & Law · The American Constitution · The Forever War

September 20th, 2019 · No Comments

“What we call art compared with the formative activity of production in general is mysterious in several respects, inasmuch as the work is not real in the same way as what it represents. On the contrary, the work functions as an imitation and thus raises a host of extremely subtle philosophical problems, including above all […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Economics · Hans-Georg Gadamer · Lit & Crit

September 19th, 2019 · No Comments

“There can be no love in one who does not love himself, and one can only love himself if he has the compassion that grows out of the terrifying confrontation with one’s own self. To look into one’s own shadow is to learn compassion for the shadow of others, and if one has no compassion […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Lit & Crit · William Irwin Thompson

September 18th, 2019 · No Comments

“We cannot legislate human nature and its attendant folly out of existence.” – William Irwin Thompson, Evil and World Order Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · William Irwin Thompson

September 17th, 2019 · No Comments

“The past is never simply what it is. Subjects have the capacity to create a different past by changing the present. . . . When we change what counts as valuable in the past, we engage in a retroactive causality that moves in the opposite direction of traditional causality. We retroactively transform the significance of […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Lit & Crit

September 16th, 2019 · No Comments

“Without absolute knowing, subjects are unable to act freely because they posit an authoritative substance that ultimately functions as a barrier to the act. The belief in substance limits what one conceives of as possible. For instance, the subject that believes in the substantiality of God can’t act in a way free of God or […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Verandah

September 15th, 2019 · No Comments

“Nature builds permeable membranes, but only man is vain enough to build a wall.” – William Irwin Thompson, Evil and World Order Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Lit & Crit · Open Science Collaboration · Politics & Law · William Irwin Thompson

September 14th, 2019 · No Comments

“The act of teaching the young so that they can carry our humanity, what we’ve made of ourselves, into future worlds is an act that in a sense defies the forward march of time and the relentless annihilation and oblivion of death. Even as a father’s material being abandons his children, he leaves something of […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

September 13th, 2019 · No Comments

“We have been so turned around by our society that we no longer feel the stars turn. We have become so used to feeling religious only when we are uncomfortable and full of pride for having bothered to go to church at all that we no longer remember that religion was once a force that […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Lit & Crit · William Irwin Thompson

September 12th, 2019 · No Comments

“You can imagine that if our civilization were to be wiped out, no scholar a thousand years from now would be willing to accept the fact that pieces of things as different as Volkwagens, Cadillacs, and buses all represented, not isolated cultures, but parts of one industrial civilization that covered the face of the earth. […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · William Irwin Thompson

September 11th, 2019 · No Comments

“Imagine a vehicle as large as a planet that began a voyage an aeon ago. After generations of voyaging, the mechanics lose all sense of who they are and where they are going. They begin to grow unhappy with their condition and say that the notion that they are on a journey in an enormous […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · William Irwin Thompson

September 10th, 2019 · No Comments

“Ants steal other ants’ babies and make them into slaves. A fact.” – Noy Holland, “King for a Day” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Noy Holland · Open Science Collaboration

September 9th, 2019 · No Comments

“Imagine insects with a life span of two weeks, and then imagine further that they are trying to build up a science about the nature of time and history. Clearly, they cannot build a model on the basis of a few days in summer. So let us endow them with a language and a culture […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The Ancients · William Irwin Thompson

September 8th, 2019 · No Comments

“When we build a cyclotron to search for elementary particles, we do not observe elementary particles; we observe what happens when we try to search for elementary particles.” – William Irwin Thompson, Passages About Earth Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Lit & Crit · Open Science Collaboration · William Irwin Thompson

September 7th, 2019 · No Comments

“Scientists now work as stonemasons did once on cathedrals. They put the stones next to one another with great attention to detail and the work of the fellow next to them, but they have no sense of the architectonics of the whole. And sometimes they do not even have a sense of the purpose of […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Lit & Crit · Open Science Collaboration · Werner Heisenberg · William Irwin Thompson

September 6th, 2019 · No Comments

“No political movement can save us from the human condition that values are achieved in conflict with their opposites.” – William Irwin Thompson, Passages About Earth Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · William Irwin Thompson

September 5th, 2019 · No Comments

“The separation of authority from power is not easily understood in terms of American culture. We based a whole revolution on rejecting European authority and power and lumped geniuses, lords, and cardinals all together into one untrustworthy group. It is, therefore, an historical irony that the country that rejected kings and crowns ended up by […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · The American Constitution · William Irwin Thompson

September 4th, 2019 · No Comments

“Old people are supremely the people of opinions, and it is not important whether the opinions are right or wrong, for they are old enough to know how complicated all that is; rather, it is important that opinions are held, for in holding on to them one holds on to life.” – William Irwin Thompson, […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Lit & Crit · William Irwin Thompson

September 3rd, 2019 · No Comments

“Adolescents need to grow through sexual discovery, emotional bonding, music, poetry, work, and dance: in short, through play in the truest cultural sense of the word.” – William Irwin Thompson, Passages About Earth Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Lit & Crit · William Irwin Thompson

September 2nd, 2019 · No Comments

“One of the primary rules of language is that there must be a good reason for the listener to attend to a second sentence after the first one; to supply a good reason is called ‘being interesting.’ Not to attend to the second sentence is called ‘not listening.’ The reasons to listen are always selfish, […]

[Read more →]

Tags: Harold Brodkey · Lit & Crit

September 1st, 2019 · No Comments

“If you don’t know what’s in good books, how can your life not be utterly miserable all in all? Won’t it fall apart with fearsome frequency? The best of what this species knows is in books. Without their help, how can you manage?” – Harold Brodkey, “Reading, the Most Dangerous Game” Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

[Read more →]

Tags: Harold Brodkey · Lit & Crit