Braiding Sweetgrass (2015) is a book about the contemporary relationship between plants and people. More specifically, it is about the conflict and potential reconciliation between a botanical, scientific, written understanding of plants, and the orally transmitted...
Thanks for looking at the site. It is about writing — with the technologies that claim to do it for you, speed it up, spread it about, diminish or replace it. I think is not becoming obsolete, despite all the gloomy predictions. There are some essays here that read like journalism, reviews of exhibitions or books. There are also some essays that are more like my own experiments, accounts of small events or situations from experience — call them “non-fiction”. And there are a few poems.
The writing of the Czech philosopher Vilém Flusser (1920-1991) has been part of my thinking since my first acquaintance with it in 2003. I have translated three of his books from German to English (translating is very close reading) and continue to work through many of his ideas, perhaps especially his understanding of writing as the support of a consciousness in basic opposition to one that relies on images in general and on photographs in particular.
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poem of the moment
Reality is there alright.
But I can’t perceive it, quite,
for in the time it takes to try
It has changed and so have I.
Links to Publications
Ich für Mich
Lambert Wiesing’s new book Ich für Mich: eine Phänomenolgie des Selbstbewusstseins, sounds difficult. And it is. But I have it on very good authority — namely his — that I did actually grasp the main idea, which is that self-awareness is an aesthetic awareness. Brilliant! This time, we won’t, we can’t get “aesthetic” mixed up with art!