Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Aimless Reading: The M's, Part 27 (Steve McCaffery)


North of Intention
Originally uploaded by Michael_Kelleher
McCaffery, Steve
North of Intention:
Critical Writings 1973-1986


Purchased at Talking Leaves Books.

Woke this morning to a weird dream about language. A man described a woman to me as having a "luster" in her eyes. I kept thinking to myself that this had a sexual connotation. As in, "lust." But at that point the dream was over and I was rolling around half awake mulling the connection between the the two words. I am sure I had another word-related dream in which I had a similar epiphany, but I can't remember what the word was in the second dream.

from North of Intention

According to Ferruccio Rossi-Landi, the problem of linguistic alienation is endemic to white "civilized" language communities, where a largely self-generative language system results in a proxemic rift, an elemental gap that prevents the identification of a speaker with her language. Language, argues Landi, functions like money and speaks through us more than we actively produce within it. It is a surplus-value that draws the speaker away from what ought to be his own world view and processes her through the rules and regulations of the detached and "surplus" system...

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