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What’s Interesting about Roussel’s Impressions of Africa

It’s fairly easy to summarize Roussel’s Impressions of Africa: ca. 1900, some French people set sail for South America, but a storm ruins their ship and blows them toward Africa, where after they drift ashore they’re captured by an African … Continue reading

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Reading Notes: Mayakovsky, “The Cloud in Trousers”

Reading Notes: Mayakovsky, “The Cloud in Trousers” (1914-1915) (trans. Patricia Blake) The most interesting part of the poem for me comes at the end of section 2, and it’s fairly easy to build a reading up until then. In the … Continue reading

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Quotations from Two French Guys with Nested Quotation from a German Fellow

“What one must be able to require of oneself , at the right time, is rather that capacity for adventure to which ontology testifies, in the heart of its transparent rationality, by its recourse to the procedure of the absurd; … Continue reading

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