Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sagebrush Troubadour

To give us an impression of the realness of people and things external to us, even if they are insignificant, there are few comparisons more instructive than the change in their disposition towards ourselves undergoes between the time before we know them and the time after. | Il n'est peut-être rien qui donne plus l'impression de la réalité de ce qui nous est exterieur, que le changement de la position, par rapport a nous, d'une personne même insignifiante, avant que nous l'ayons connue, et après. (Proust, A l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs) | He was suddenly very sorry the cow had been found. Virag might still tell Mr. Molnar everything. And he, Andy, might have spent three whole years in the castle. (Danilo Kiš, Early Sorrows) | Wundersam ist es wie sich diese Herrlein einen gewissen sittig-religios-poetischen Bettlermantel so geschickt umzuschlagen wissen (Goethe-Eckermann Gespräche) |

Friday, June 25, 2010

douze points

Monday, June 21, 2010

biosphere 0.999i

Was Eichinger und Bruno Ganz im "Untergang" produzieren, nämlich die Beseitigung der fundamentalen Übereinstimmung der Hitler-Gemeinheit mit der alltäglichen Gemeinheit der/des Deutschen des sog. 3. Reichs, weist sie aus als Ferkel der besonderen Art, Sauberkeits-Ferkel, Beseitigungsarbeiter. Sie beseitigen nicht Dreck, sondern alle möglichen Einsichten. Sie verdecken mit ihrem >Untergangs-Epos< vor allem die deutsche herrschende Pornographie von heimlich wiederbelebter Reinheit< der Führergefolgschaft.

Klaus Theweleit, friendly fire, Stroemfeld 2005, S.264

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

tam ve-lo nishlam

[...] ich erklärte dort dem Direktor, nicht ganz wahrheitsgemäß, aber auch nicht ganz erlogen, meine Kündigung damit, daß ich das Schimpfen, das übrigens mich direkt gar nicht betroffen hatte, nicht ertragen könne [...] - Kafka, Brief an den Vater, Reklam, p.27 | [...] and the explanation I gave the director for my resignation was, though not strictly in accordance with the truth, still not entirely a lie: my not being able to bear the scolding, which incidentally had not actually been directed at me - Ibid. | ...that they are always looking for new shapes of furniture for their eyes, but yet wish their ears to avoid such things? - Auerbach, "Figura", p.15 | [Freud and Jung] helped spread the rumor [...] of the origin of his spreading syphilitic infection. Freud, who shared Lou with Nietzsche, traced down the ostensible lues or luetic pathology to Nietzsche's having visited as we all know a bordello; but, Freud adds, a male bordello and, more precisely still, Nietzsche is said to have contracted syphilis in a Genoese male brothel. - Avital Ronell, "Hitting the Streets", Finitude's Score, p.68 | In the evening we acted still more insanely. The three of us [Deussen, Nietzsche, ?] were wandering through the streets of the little town making overtures to the girls we assumed to be behind the windows. - Ibid., p.75 | nova figura oris ("unaccustomed form of face") - Auerbach, "Figura", p.11 | The nineteen-sixties were the golden age of smoky, inebriated parents. Once, while lurking at the edge of one of my parents' parties, I looked across our smoke-filled living room and saw my father attempting to prove an old contention of his, that his navel was off-center - David Owen, "The Dime Store Floor", The New Yorker, Jan 25, 2010, p.37

nova figura oris

Apple critter - variation of elbedritsch; Imaginary animals or monsters that people around here tell tales about; Hunting for him is like snipe hunting - Dictionary of American Regional English Vol 1. 1985, Harvard, p.77 | bei Luther: Schwermgeister - Duden «Etymologie» – Herkunftswörterbuch der deutschen Sprache, 2. Auflage,1989 | Gamahuche: to perform fellatio or cunnilingus; E. Sellon (1865): 'Quick, quick, Blanche!' cried Cerise, 'Come and gamahuche the gentleman!' - The Oxford dictionary of slang (1989) | We have, as he says in De lingua latina (9,21), taken over new forms of vessels from the Greeks; why do people struggle against new word though they were poisonous? Et tantum inter duos sensus interesse volunt, ut oculis semper aliquas figurars supellictilis novas conquirant, contra auris expertes velint esse? - E. Auerbach, "Figura" in: Scenes from the Drama of European Literature, p.15 | [...] in the sense of the old Hebrew phrase tam ve-lo nishlam (it is finished but not completed) - Yerushalmi, Freud's Moses, p.96