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Walter Ong's Psychodynamics of Orality and the Reading Mind

Walter Ong’s Psychodynamics of Orality and the Reader

“Until writing was invented, men lived in acoustic space: boundless, directionless, horizonless, in the dark of the mind, in the world of emotion, by primordial intuition, by terror. Speech is a social chart of this bog.” – Marshall McLuhan When we trace language from orality, characterized by the pre-socratics and the passing of tradition from one …

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A Thousand Eyes of Curiosity With Albert Camus

A Thousand Eyes of Curiosity With Alberto Manguel

“Now open in my eyes a thousand eyes of curiosity.” Virginia Woolf, The Waves ALBERTO MANGUEL (BORN 1948) Alberto Manguel is a proliferate writer and reader. His world travels both in and out of books converge in everything he writes. His writings explore an intimate love of reading that is arguably unparalleled by anyone alive. …

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What Is Truth - Dynamic Epistemology and the Etymology of Truth

Dynamic Epistemology and the Etymology of Truth

“Hail to Thee, Logos, Thou Vast Almighty Title, In Whose name we conjure— Our acts the partial representatives Of Thy whole act.” Kenneth Burke MISUNDERSTANDING TRUTH There is a huge misunderstanding in culture that the idea of relativism has wiped out the notion of absolute reality. Consequently, morals decline and society is in shambles. This …

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The Muse Learns to Read

The Muse Learns to Read: Trace the Process of Intellectual Becoming

Language is the soul of intellect, and reading is the essential process by which that intellect is cultivated beyond the commonplace experiences of everyday life. Charles Scribner, Jr. When we trace language from orality, characterized by the pre-socratics and the passing of tradition from one mouth to the next, to literacy made possible by writing …

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The Rhetorics of Reading and the Energy of Language

On the Energy of Language and the Rhetorics of Reading

“Camerado, this is no book,  who touches this, touches a man,  (Is it night? Are we here alone?) It is I you hold, and who holds you,  I spring from the pages into your arms…”  Walt Whitman, So Long! In William Covino’s book, The Art of Wondering (1988), he advances Plato’s definition of rhetoric that he develops …

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Roland Barthes on Photographing the Unconscious

Roland Barthes on Photographing the Unconscious 📷

“We shall probably get nearest to the truth if we think of the conscious and personal psyche as resting upon the broad basis of an inherited and universal psychic disposition which is as such unconscious, and that our personal psyche bears the same relation to the collective psyche as the individual to society.” ~Carl G. …

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Free Play in the Age of Electracy With Jan Holmevik

“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” Carl Jung Using Greg Ulmer’s concept of electracy, Jan Holmevik explores the tension between absence and presence in his 2012 work, Inter/vention: Free Play in the …

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The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus

Jesper Juuls in the Art of Failure Teaches How to Imagine Sisyphus Happy 🙃

“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” Albert Camus In an insightful early collection of essays, The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus recognizes that when a person confronts the absurd circumstances of life, they can react in one of two ways. Either they fall into despair, which most of us …

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The Himalayas of Literature

Himalayas of Literature: From Wallace to Joyce

“The wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have.” –Reinhold Messner Himalayas of Literature is one of Book Oblivion’s newest ongoing course series. Participants reside all over the world and read through some of the most intense literature on the planet. Stephen L. Russell is our guide and chooses …

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The Need for Empathy in Steven Pinker's Enlightenment Now

The Need for Empathy in Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now

A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own. The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.” ~Percy Bysshe Shelley, A Defence of Poetry and Other Essays Steven Pinker’s new …

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