Essays – thinking and trying?

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I often think in quotations.

In fact I sometimes even look for quotes to help me start thinking, trying to make sense of or answering a question. In my experience this often frustrates others – for 2 reasons :

1.‘Why don’t you use your own words/thoughts’?

My words are often not as well thought through as they might be – “in other words” (sic) if someone has said it better than I was beginning to think I could, it would be extreme arrogance to assume that I could say it better (given enough time – see below) just because its me.

2. ‘It’s lazy’

Perhaps it’s lazier to bumble out knowingly, something which closely approximates what I wish to communicate but not exactly. Read the rest of this entry »


5/11/08 – No comment…

Hope speaks for itself…

And in the best of all possible worlds acts for itself.

More than enough ink and talking head time already spent on US ’08.

Just two items from seperate articles on the Creative Review blog which in my mind are linked:

The iconic – Shepard Fairey, again enough said – already a point of reference

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The real hope – postcard from Anthony Burrill

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Moraine – or why I failed Geography O-level

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Moraine from the slow movement of mental glaciers. In fact glaciers are interesting for a number of reasons:

1. Thermometers of human destruction

2. They ‘calve’ to produce icebergs and aside from the fact that one of these indirectly led to Celine Dion torturing us with one of the most irritating Movie theme songs ever, I really love this idea – they are so big they can’t splinter so they calve – I often think that this term is better than ‘shatter’ or ‘split’ when it comes to human feelings and personalities.

3. See 1. – Their absence will probably coincide with ours as a species.

My ability to collect and carry a mass of mental “rocks and sediment” meant that there was no room for my O-level Geography revision. After all I was doing 11 of them – 1 of them had to go and despite the fact that my brother’s house was on the Ordinance Survey Map for the first section and a brave attempt in the second at describing the exports of Scotland as including Tartan and Whisky, it was Geography.

So this is an occasional piece where in the manner of Moraine, I deposit some of these rocks and sediment… Read the rest of this entry »