Ossuary for Glosses

 

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By dissecting the words we like, without bothering about conforming either to their etymologies or to their accepted significations, we discover their most hidden qualities and the secret ramifications that are propagated through the whole language, channeled by associations of sounds, forms and ideas. Then language changes into an oracle, and there we have a thread (however slender it may be) to guide us through the Babel of our minds.

Michel Leiris, and Lydia Davis, ‘Glossary: My Glosses Ossuary’ (1925), Brisées = Broken Branches, San Francisco: North Point Press, 1989, pp.3-4.

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One Response to Ossuary for Glosses

  1. Comrade says:

    Realism – absence of mind.
    Speculative realism – even worse.

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