Today is 12 Ben 11 Yaxk’in

1227 shopping days until 4 Ahau 3 K’ank’in.

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Grendel’s Laundry List

Free floating texts lassoed from the Noose-sphere

Nature has never been taken in by well-meaning advice. The only thing that moves nature is causal necessity, and that includes human nature.

Carl Jung

The function of meter in poetry is to drive the electrical activity of the brain, and most certainly to relax the normal emotional inhibitions of both chanter and listener. A similar thing occurs when the voices of schizophrenics speak in scanning rhythms or rhyme.

Julian Jaynes

Optimism makes us perpetual enemies of those future moments that do not meet our expectation, which means all future moments. It’s when we expect nothing from the future that we are free to experience it as it will be rather than as a disappointment.

Joshua Dienstag

Doth any man doubt, that if there were taken out of men’s minds vain opinions, flattering hopes, false valuations, imaginations as one would, but it would leave the minds of a number of men poor shrunken things, full of melancholy and indisposition, and unpleasing to themselves?

Francis Bacon

The unconscious wants truth, as the body does. The complexity and fecundity of dreams come from the complexity and fecundity of the unconscious struggling to fulfill that desire. The complexity and fecundity of poetry come from the same struggle.

Adrienne Rich

Until relatively recent times man’s span of life was short. Throughout most of history the truly old were a rarity. Thus it seems plausible that the momentous discoveries and inventions of the Neolithic Age were the work of an almost childlike population, and were perhaps made in the course of play. Nor is it likely that the ancient myths and legends, with their fairy-tale pattern and symbolism, were elaborated by burnt-out old men.

Eric Hoffer


6 responses to “Today is 12 Ben 11 Yaxk’in

  1. Sorry, Adrienne, what the unconscious wants first is variety and abundance. Then
    integration of the products of dissimilar parts of brain, both conscious and unconscious. Then compensation — the magical fulfillment of otherwise unattainable desires, balancing diriment impediments of conscious experience with
    their opposites both good and evil, both useful and petty. Then narrative myth, which is the shrinking of great swaths of experience of all kinds into brief memories, call it the mp3 function of unconscious. Then art, i.e. the improbable, the entertaining, the “impossible”, but always the individual dreamer’s aesthetic. And with that, i.e. the verge wherein the collective meets the individuated unconscious, we may leave off listing. Truth ? Truth cannot even be defined.
    It is a will o’ the wisp, a fantasy of the conscious ego, a detriment of civilisation.
    Complexity? Some good poetry is complex, some is simple. Its a lot harder to fake simplicity than to generate complexity. ? Fecundity ? Its hard to find a “peed-on pi-muon of a persimmon of poetry” amongst the sempiternal drivel of alphabetic signs.
    And Hoffer, the one sure thing about neolithic people is that they were a lot smarter than you.

  2. I knew that the Rich quote would get a rise out of you, Spike. I put it in there just for you.

    As for Hoffer, you’re probably right, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t something a little bit right in that quote.

  3. awww, its so nice to be remembered.

  4. Love the Dienstag. Shades of Beckett.

  5. “I dreamt I was being squeezed through paintings like toothpaste last night. 3 days ago ”
    Paintings are lenses, or rabbit holes, and
    like Alice we flowgel through them.

    “Having only Repub & Dem parties is like having only one ice cream franchise in the country w/only 2 flavors: Shit, and Shit w/raisins.” 4 days ago
    Since “raisins” was sometimes used as a name for black Americans, might one say
    “and low cal shit” ? On the other hand,
    the original is entirely accurate at present.

    “Sometimes Obama seems to me like a curious cross between Buster Keaton, Lou Gehrig, and Calvin Coolidge. “5 days ago Great stone face, iron man of what?, and silent [ clueless ] Cal ? Am not grokking,
    oh Dr. If the shoe don’t fit, you must retwit.

  6. Hmm… Wasn’t it Frederick Nietzsche that said “what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger”? If that’s the case, suicide is not an option. The only thing left to do is to keep on keeping on – which of course is a pretty delusional. Denial has it’s function I guess.

    I think my favorit quote up there is Adrienne Rich’s… They’re all good.

    Speaking of keeping on: so glad you still are.

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