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High Street 7.3 — Freedom’s Just Another Word (cont.)

November 21st, 2011 · No Comments

“Every writer is offering a true account of the activities of the mind.” — Donald Barthelme (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 7.3 — “Freedom’s Just Another Word” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 7.4 — “Freedom’s Just Another Word” (fin.)) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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High Street 7.2 — Freedom’s Just Another Word (cont.)

November 20th, 2011 · 1 Comment

“There’s nothing so beautiful as having a very difficult problem.  It gives purpose to life.” — Donald Barthelme (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 7.2 — “Freedom’s Just Another Word” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 7.3 — “Freedom’s Just Another Word” (cont.)) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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High Street 6.8 — Life During Wartime (fin.)

November 18th, 2011 · 1 Comment

“A writer is someone who can make a riddle out of an answer.” — Karl Kraus, quoted in Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger High Street 6.8 — “Life During Wartime” (fin.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 7.1 — “Freedom’s Just Another Word”) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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High Street 6.6 — Life During Wartime (cont.)

November 16th, 2011 · No Comments

“Writing should be playing.” — Donald Barthelme (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 6.6 — “Life During Wartime” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 6.7 — “Life During Wartime” (cont.)) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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High Street 6.5 — Life During Wartime (cont.)

November 15th, 2011 · No Comments

“The four social classes under late capitalism are artists, rich people, the middle class, [and] poor people—this being the order of rank and precedence.  As the dominant class (morally/intellectually speaking), artists have a clear social responsibility to care for and nurture the three lower classes.  This is not by any means their primary responsibility, which […]

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High Street 6.4 — Life During Wartime (cont.)

November 14th, 2011 · No Comments

“Art is always aimed (like a rifle, if  you wish) at the middle class.  The working class has its own culture and will have no truck with fanciness of any kind.  The upper class owns the world and thus needs know no more about the world than is necessary for its orderly exploitation.  The notion […]

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High Street 6.3 — Life During Wartime (cont.)

November 13th, 2011 · No Comments

“Where does desire go?  Always a traveling salesperson, desire goes hounding off into the trees, frequently, without direction from its putative master or mistress.  This is tragic and comic at the same time.  I should, in a well-ordered world, marry the intellectual hero my wicked uncle has selected for me.  Instead I run off with […]

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High Street 6.2 — Life During Wartime (cont.)

November 12th, 2011 · No Comments

“Every woman artist will tell you that she exists in a universe of discourse created by men, works with a language created by men, a language suffused, colored, drenched in male desire.  That is, every woman artist is speaking a foreign language, like Beckett writing in French.  This should not be overstressed, because the languages […]

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High Street 5.5 — Criminal Defense (fin.)

November 10th, 2011 · No Comments

“Art is a commodity, art criticism is a commodity, the apple is a commodity, the air is a commodity, the ground under our feet is a commodity.  God is very much a commodity.  My emotions are a commodity, my desires the very locus of commodification.  My last illness is a commodity (twenty-two days at so […]

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High Street 5.4 — Criminal Defense (cont.)

November 9th, 2011 · 1 Comment

“One of the pleasures of art is that it enables the mind to move in unanticipated directions, to make connections that may be in some sense errors but are fruitful nonetheless.” — Donald Barthelme, “Reifications” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 5.4 — “Criminal Defense” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 5.5 — “Criminal […]

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High Street 5.3 — Criminal Defense (cont.)

November 8th, 2011 · No Comments

“One of the characteristics of the ideal is that it is always receding, slipping away from us, ungraspable.” — Donald Barthelme, “Nudes” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 5.3 — “Criminal Defense” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 5.4 — “Criminal Defense” (cont.)) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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High Street 5.2 — Criminal Defense (cont.)

November 7th, 2011 · No Comments

“It is the vocation of the artist, the fiction writer, the playwright, and the poet, to create new language.” — Walker Percy, quoted in “A Symposium on Fiction” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 5.2 — “Criminal Defense” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 5.3 — “Criminal Defense” (cont.)) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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High Street 4.9 — Radio Stars and Hemp TV (fin.)

November 5th, 2011 · No Comments

“Words get worn out, and instead of conveying meaning they act either as simulacra to conceal meaning or as if they were transparencies with no meaning.” — Walker Percy, quoted in “A Symposium on Fiction” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 4.9 — “Radio Stars and Hemp TV” (fin.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street […]

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High Street 4.8 — Radio Stars and Hemp TV (cont.)

November 4th, 2011 · No Comments

“Not everything is unsayable in words, only the living truth.” — Eugene Ionesco, quoted in “A Symposium on Fiction” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 4.8 — “Radio Stars and Hemp TV” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 4.9 — “Radio Stars and Hemp TV” (fin.)) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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High Street 4.5 — Radio Stars and Hemp TV (cont.)

November 1st, 2011 · 1 Comment

“Every writer in the country can write a beautiful sentence, or a hundred.  What I am interested in is the ugly sentence that is also somehow beautiful.  I agree that this is a highly-specialized enterprise.” — Donald Barthelme, “On ‘Paraguay’” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 4.5 — “Radio Stars and Hemp TV” (cont.) is […]

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High Street 4.4 — Radio Stars and Hemp TV (cont.)

October 31st, 2011 · No Comments

“Art’s project is fundamentally meliorative.  The aim of meditating about the world is finally to change the world.  It is this meliorative aspect of literature that provides its ethical dimension.” — Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 4.4 — “Radio Stars and Hemp TV” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 4.5 […]

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High Street 4.3 — Radio Stars and Hemp TV (cont.)

October 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment

“Art cannot remain in one place.  A certain amount of movement, up, down, across, even a gallop toward the past, is a necessary precondition.” — Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 4.3 — “Radio Stars and Hemp TV” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 4.4 — “Radio Stars and Hemp TV” […]

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High Street 4.2 — Radio Stars and Hemp TV (cont.)

October 29th, 2011 · No Comments

“Art is a true account of the activity of mind.  Because consciousness, in Husserl’s formulation, is always consciousness of something, art thinks ever of the world, cannot not think of the world, could not turn its back on the world even if it wished to.” — Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger, emphasis in […]

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High Street 3.10 — Downhill Racing (fin.)

October 27th, 2011 · No Comments

“Art is always a meditation upon external reality rather than a representation of external reality or a jackleg attempt to ‘be’ external reality.” — Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 3.10 — “Downhill Racing” (fin.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 4.1 — “Radio Stars and Hemp TV”) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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High Street 3.9 — Downhill Racing (cont.)

October 26th, 2011 · No Comments

“When computers learn how to make jokes, artists will be in serious trouble.  But artists will respond in such a way as to make art impossible for the computer.  They will redefine art to take into account (that is, to exclude) technology–photography’s impact upon painting and painting’s brilliant response being a clear and comparatively recent […]

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High Street 3.8 — Downhill Racing (cont.)

October 25th, 2011 · No Comments

“The combinatorial agility of words, the exponential generation of meaning once they’re allowed to go to bed together, allows the writer to surprise himself, makes art possible, reveals how much of Being we haven’t yet encountered.” — Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 3.8 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: […]

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High Street 3.7 — Downhill Racing (cont.)

October 24th, 2011 · No Comments

“The world enters the work as it enters our ordinary lives, not as world-view or system but in sharp particularity.” — Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 3.7 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 3.8 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.)) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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High Street 3.6 — Downhill Racing (cont.)

October 23rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

“If the writer is taken to be the work’s way of getting itself written, a sort of lightning rod for an accumulation of atmospheric disturbances, a St. Sebastian absorbing in his tattered breast the arrows of the Zeitgeist, this changes not very much the traditional view of the artist.  But it does license a very […]

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High Street 3.5 — Downhill Racing (cont.)

October 22nd, 2011 · 3 Comments

“Art is not difficult because it wishes to be difficult, but because it wishes to be art.” — Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 3.5 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 3.6 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.)) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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High Street 3.4 — Downhill Racing (cont.)

October 21st, 2011 · 2 Comments

“Not-knowing is crucial to art, is what permits art to be made.  Without the scanning process engendered by not-knowing, without the possibility of having the mind move in unanticipated directions, there would be no invention.” — Donald Barthelme, “Not-Knowing” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 3.4 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High […]

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High Street 3.3 — Downhill Racing (cont.)

October 20th, 2011 · No Comments

“Play is one of the great possibilities of art.” — Donald Barthelme, “After Joyce” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 3.3 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 3.4 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.)) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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High Street 3.2 — Downhill Racing (cont.)

October 19th, 2011 · 2 Comments

“What makes the literary object a work of art is the intention of the artist.” — Donald Barthelme, “After Joyce” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) High Street 3.2 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.) is posted today. (Tomorrow: High Street 3.3 — “Downhill Racing” (cont.)) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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Consistency

October 14th, 2011 · No Comments

“The artist’s effort, always and everywhere, is to attain a fresh mode of cognition.” — Donald Barthelme, “After Joyce” (from Not-Knowing, ed. Herzinger) Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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For your pleasure we offer kick-boxing or skeet-shooting

October 13th, 2011 · 1 Comment

“Sometimes I think that there will be a place in the future for a literature the nature of which will singularly resemble that of a sport.  Let us subtract, from literary possibilities, everything which today, by the direct expression of things and the direct stimulation of the sensibility by new means–motion pictures, omnipresent music, etc.–is […]

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It’s around here someplace

October 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

“Many people actually like reality, and very often choose to live in it.” — Herzinger, Not-Knowing Share this…FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedinemailPrint

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