Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Writer and poet Quinn Latimer
☮: Tell me the story of your life in 140 characters
⧯: She read Little Women read Ai Gaitskill Paley ED Lessing she read the Woolf read Carson Sontag Arendt Ferrante Bachmann she wrote she wrote
☮: What makes a poet nowdays?
⧯:: Language, denial, strange syntax. Concision—while paradoxically wanting “every kind of life,” per Sontag: “What I really wanted was every kind of life, and the writer’s life seemed the most inclusive.”
☮: Do you read a poem in the same way that you may "read" a painting?
☮: What's your favourite title of a poem or artwork?
⧯:: Poem: “Amorgos,” by Nikos Gatsos (at the moment). Artwork? I love the titles of Michel Auder’s moving-image works—Heads in Love (1970/2009) sounds like a certain kind of British paperback novel; I Am So Jealous of Birds (2001) always cracks me up. But I also like “Untitled” in almost every language.
Monday, February 16, 2015
Linguist Peter Burleigh
☮ What do you do exactly?⧯: I am a dad, a linguist, a lover (she said) and becoming Deleuzian. IRL I grade papers and drive my girlfriend around.
☮ Have you ever thought to invent a new English word? if yes how that would be?
⧯: I had. Yesterday. But forgot what. The beauty of communication is in between words; words are rough designators around which the slight ephemera of meaning gather. So if that word was invented it’d be a blunt sketch of the linguistically uncovered notion—it’s just as well I forgot.
☮ :Does it influence you emotionally the language you are speaking? and if yes can you tell me an example?
⧯: Ashamed to say I only speak English properly. I get very irritated when tones of language, an essential and very private and precious tool, are used manipulatively in the grotesque neo-liberal “let-us-work-for-you” farce. Companies assuming the voice of a friend, from the non-capitalized smoothie to British Airways “To Fly – To Serve” logo drive me mad. I AM NOT YOUR MATE.