20 Matching Annotations
  1. Jul 2017
    1. The progress in a measured time is nowadays more rapid and greater than it ever was before. This is quite in accordance with the fundamental law of motion, which commands acceleration and increase of momentum or accumulation of energy under the action of a continuously acting force and tendency, and is the more true as every advance weakens the elements tending to produce friction and retardation. For, after all, what is progress, or�more correctly�development, or evolution, if not a movement, infinitely complex and often unscrutinizable, it is true, but nevertheless exactly determined in quantity as well as in quality of motion by the physical conditions and laws governing? This feature of more recent development is best shown in the rapid merging together of the various arts and sciences by the obliteration of the hard and fast lines of separation, of borders, some of which only a few years ago seemed unsurpassable, and which, like veritable Chinese walls, surrounded every department of inquiry and barred progress.

      This is v. important. Motion > Momentum > Progress, Evolution

    2. momentum

      cf. Bob "I have the fury of my own momentum" (FWwM)

    3. the image might not bear any likeness to the object seen, but even the images of the same object at different times or distances might not resemble each other, then our knowledge of form would be very defective, for then we might see, for example, a three-cornered figure as a six or twelve-cornered one.

      relation of 'image' to 'object;' consistency of image over time and space (esp. distance, cf. Aristotle's Poetics, Plato's Republic too?)

    4. visual impressions


    5. has revealed their exact construction and mode of action

      Technology as hermeneutic for our bodies and senses.

    6. the outside world

      To what does this phrase refer? Outside of our minds?

  2. Jun 2017
    1. We have no ready-made literary-technical terms

      But perhaps from musical criticism, improvisation?

    2. the quality of its transitions


    3. No magic, no metaphor

      in the telling (back to GMM's words of his method). It's an addendum to method of writing. Seems distinct from interpretation.

    4. Yet as in the ancient cosmologies of atomism, the very concept of the atom produces a multiplicity of other atoms, identical to itself; the notion of the One generates many Ones; the force of attraction that pulls everything external into the internal, that absorbs all difference into identity, now subverts and negates itself, and the repulsion into which attraction suddenly turns acquires a new name: war.

      This is a fantastic sentence.

    5. No Magic, No Metaphor

      or: Jamesonian Formalism (!)

    6. The perpetual resurrection of newer narrative paradigms and sub-genres out of the still warm ashes of their destruction is a process I would attribute to commodification, as the primary law of our kind of society: it isn’t only objects that are subject to commodification, it is anything capable of being named


    7. in a perpetual innovation of the form

      similarly w/ critical theory?

    8. tend to reform

      this is the nature of 'paradigm' as a concept——if paradigms exist, they are always replaceable

    9. to find sequences to replace those traditional narrative paradigms

      or syntagmatic to replace paradigmatic

  3. Apr 2017
    1. Adamant and the literary form adamantine occur in works such as Prometheus Bound,[3] the Aeneid, The Faerie Queene, Paradise Lost, Gulliver's Travels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Lord of the Rings, and the film Forbidden Planet (as "adamantine steel"), all of which predate the use of adamantium in Marvel's comics.

      Need to add Hesiod's Theogony and the Shield of Heracles as the original instances of the word.

      Need to update the word's origin coming from Greek. Cite the OED likely too.

    1. that which will lift society or merely flatter his own intellect

      Should we want him (sc. artists) to "lift society"?

  4. Oct 2016
    1. falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling

      Chiasmus, cf. Portrait bird girl, "soft and slight, slight and soft."