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...

No comments: