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I wonder if Michel Foucault ever met Huey Newton. I wonder if they spent much time at the zoo:
Der Panther

Im Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Sein Blick ist vom Vorübergehn der Stäbe
so müd geworden, dass er nichts mehr hält.
Ihm ist, als ob es tausend Stäbe gäbe
und hinter tausend Stäben keine Welt.

Der weiche Gang geschmeidig starker Schritte,
der sich im allerkleinsten Kreise dreht,
ist wie ein Tanz von Kraft um eine Mitte,
in der betäubt ein großer Wille steht.

Nur manchmal schiebt der Vorhang der Pupille
sich lautlos auf -. Dann geht ein Bild hinein,
geht durch der Glieder angespannte Stille -
und hört im Herzen auf zu sein.

-- Rainer Maria Rilke, 6.11.1902, Paris
Maybe we can only discern ourselves on the other side of the pane.

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From: (Anonymous) Date: December 7th, 2005 12:07 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

The Single Artificer of the World

WOW! Great shot. The number of little kid feet reflected in the pane makes me think it was perhaps taken at school, the "panther" outside? Or have you superimposed one photo on another?

In any case, I've thought for a number of years now that this apropos, aptly quoted poem, especially the final stanza, rebukes the unhappy way in which Heidegger distinguishes stones, beasts, and humans -- respectively, worldwithout, worldpoor, and worldmaking [-bildend]. Notice how the artificial impoverishment of the panther's vision -- a thousand bars of barbaric civilization -- cannot altogether circumvent his capacity to perceive-as-internalization a vision [ein Bild], i.e., to take world to heart.

Fled is that vision.
frostedfuckhead From: frostedfuckhead Date: December 7th, 2005 04:59 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: The Single Artificer of the World

damn typepad images! damn them to hell!

stupid great firewall of china.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 7th, 2005 06:52 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: The Single Artificer of the World

I forget your e-mail address. Would you send it to me again so I can send you the image?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 7th, 2005 07:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

Re: The Single Artificer of the World

That's a straight shot, taken at the zoo yesterday during Skylar's class field trip, which my partner wrote about, amusingly, at kdotdammit.

And I totally agree about the Heidegger. One of the reasons why I'm left unsatisfied by his philosophy, especially in its pre-World War II form, is that I've read enough Rilke well enough to think that Heidegger is borrowing wholesale from the poet while also deflating his ideas of their suppleness and clarity.
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