FIVE HUNDRED AND TWELVE

From Lewis Hyde’s A Primer for Forgetting. GRANDMA HYDE VERSUS FOUCAULT. “The analysis of descent permits the dissociation of the self,” rather than its unification, writes Michel Foucault. The truth about who you are lies not at the root of the tree but rather out at the tips of the branches, the thousand tips. ….Continue reading “FIVE HUNDRED AND TWELVE”

FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY ONE

Frank Budgen, via Geoff Manaugh on “The City That Remembers Everything,” a rhyme to Borges’ 1:1 map. One important personality that emerges out of the contacts of many people is that of the city of Dublin. “I want,” said Joyce, as we were walking down the Universitätsträsse, “to give a picutre of Dublin so complete thatContinue reading “FOUR HUNDRED AND THIRTY ONE”

TWO HUNDRED AND FIVE

From Mirror Worlds: or the Day Software Puts the Universe in a Shoebox, via Farnam Street. When an expert remembers a patient, he doesn’t remember a mere list of words. He remembers an experience, a whole galaxy of related perceptions. No doubt he remembers certain words—perhaps a name, a diagnosis, maybe some others. But he also remembersContinue reading “TWO HUNDRED AND FIVE”