To joyfully watch the fumbling coalescence as a community becomes self-aware

April 29th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

He had the sense, at the moment, of groping for intellectual support, of casting about and dimly receiving a hint here, a hint there. Like a radio technician delicately picking signals out of background static, he’d learned to recognise voices worth listening to, voices that meant something distinct even when they ued hte same compulsory words as everyone else. Here and there, people were speaking with secret passion

— Francis Spufford, Red Plenty p.65

Spider jerusalem confronts death

January 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Spider Jerusalem, faced with impending death:

Mating: curious love

January 15th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

I’m loving Mating, albeit in a slightly guilty way — it tweaks a few of my traits a bit too precisely, with not enough outside-world to make it seem harmless. p. 261-2:

A thing that corrupts N’s worldview is his own demonic energy, whyich is what socalled greatness may in fact reduce to. He’s unnatural. He can work six hours flagstoning or paving, scabs of cement stuck all over hi body, a bite to eat, into the bathing engine, and he’s all set to work late into the night reading and writing and using his abacus.

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