the rigorous m

bits and bobs, quotes and catching up

quotes: carson on keeping things interesting

Posted by rigorousm on June 14, 2012

Introduction

Early one morning words were missing. Before that, words were not. Facts were, faces were. In a good story, Aristotle tells us, everything that happens is pushed by something else. … I began to copy out everything that was said. The marks construct an instant of nature gradually, without the boredom of a story. I emphasize this. I will do anything to avoid boredom. It is the task of a lifetime. You can never know enough, never use the infinitives and participles oddly enough, never impede the movement harshly enough, never leave the mind quickly enough.

— Anne Carson, Plainwater, “PART II: SHORT TALKS.” p 29

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