Friday, August 28, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


It is not that man makes history, but rather that history makes man.
As a corollary, it is writing (language) that makes an author and not vice versa.

To give a text an Author is to impose a limit on that text, to furnish it with a final signified, to close the writing.
- Roland Barthes

Friday, August 21, 2009


Hurricane Bill is scheduled to brush by my home on the Isle of Devils. Such are the vagaries of living on a subtropical island. At the moment, all is calm, but things worsen rather quickly once the storm makes its final approach.

Hurricane. What hurricane?



Tuesday, August 18, 2009


for roxana

Friday, August 14, 2009

the mystery in you

Creation is the act of realizing that everything has already been created, and yet, not submitting to it.
- Prospero

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

To the happy many

Our dreams are too small for what already exists.

"To the happy many" is the dedication at the beginning of Chris Marker's Le Joli Mai. The film starts with an examination of what it means, on the personal level, to be happy. Later in the film, things are seen in a broader social context. We experience the reality of civil malcontent and it is at this point that someone speaks the line- "Our dreams are too small for what already exists".

The film ends with these lines of narration:

As long as poverty exists you are not rich.
As long as despair exists, you are not happy.
As long as prison exists, you are not free.