Monday, November 21, 2011
Hearts and arms
The fundamentally reductive structure of the news means that all will be reduced to a series of verbs, nouns, adverbs, and occasional adjectives, with static frames to hang a stone in the air.
The fundamental structure of social upheaval is not linguistic, and it is not iconic. It is bodily, in all that entails: how we run, how we get turned around, how we stumble, how we sweat, how we leak. It is indexed, not to programs but to these things called us. It is as messy and incoherent as these fleshy days of ours always are. It just brings that to the fore. That is its tremendous specificity.
We believe that these are specific days.