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Protreptic Writing

Lambert_Wiesing’s book, The Philosophy of Perception (forthcoming from Bloomsbury this August–my translation) contains–among many fine things–a resolution to the question, “How do phenomenologists speak–or write–without appearing to persuade?”  Protreptic writing does not argue a case,…

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Mois de la Photo a Montreal

I’ve just written a review of Drone: the Automated Image, to appear in Source Magazine (Belfast).  The book is a catalogue of the biennial exhibition Mois de la Photo Montreal, 2013. But this is an…

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Lizard (Roaming Penzance)

Lizard was born at Roaming Penzance in 2013. Roaming is a community interest company that facilitates change, most often change in consciousness. It offers a kind of studio situation, with opportunities to draw, paint, bake,…

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Damaging Marks: Functionaries in Writing Education

Hour after hour, reading the writing of students who struggle (that’s the word everyone uses, and it is heavy with implications), I pass between two distinct forms of perception, two different identities, in a sense. …

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The Gesture of Smoking a Pipe

The English translation of Flusser’s Gestures: an Attempt at a Phenomenology, now with the  the University of Minnesota Press, includes the essay “The Gesture of Smoking a Pipe.” In it, Flusser’s gives what I would…

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Illustration

The issue, for me, seems to be how illustration is different from art (obviously a lot of images are either, depending on the way you define the categories).  For now, I’m thinking that for the…

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Extending Gesture

Enterprising research students at the University of Edinburgh have invited me to be a keynote speaker at a weekend conference they’re hosting this coming October.  I am honored! It coincides with the work of translating…

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Pages and Posts

Now that we’ve all become publishers, we may think about such abstruse things as the difference between a post and a page.  Maybe a post is a bit of news; a page is more like…

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Subject and Object

Rereading Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (1974) is a pleasure, maybe because it feels so comfortable.  The road between Minneapolis and Bozeman means something to me, intersects with my family.  We walked…

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Making Sparks

  Michelangelo’s Creation of Adam, painted on the  Sistine Chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512, depicts creativity as a gap between two distinct, independently coherent human bodies. A complex and controversial visualisation of the account of Creation given in the Biblical Book of Genesis,…

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