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cbertsch
cbertsch
Coded = Coated
I've spent the last hour poring through past entries in pursuit of a few specific ones that don't turn up readily on searches. And I started to realize just how mad it is for me to make them so coded. I mean, even I struggle to understand their "real" message, and I'm the one that wrote them. Indeed, were it not for the dates attached to them -- I'm a real stickler for chronological specificity -- I'd frequently be in the dark. My favorite discovery so far is this entry from last year, which is like an allegory abstracted to the fifth power. Thank goodness for the irony imparted by the time stamp, which cuts through the layers like the taste of lemon in a bowl of snow.

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masoo From: masoo Date: October 29th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Whew! I thought I was the only one who didn't understand a lot of your posts. If you don't understand them either, I'm in good company.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 29th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I usually have a sense of what I'm doing at the time, but it leaves me after a while.
From: maruta_us Date: October 30th, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't know... I like the poetry, photography, whatever Charlie would call those prose experiments he does; it reminds me of happy art school days... One of the things this blog has made me appreciate is the opportunities blogging as a medium opens up for a kind of lateral sociality that enables people to get to know each other better, look for points of commonality, and even develop a friendship. For instance, it's too bad we never talked about Vollmann--Vollmann's a multimedia multitasker too, had to pick up drawing after writing gave him carpal tunnel--and the only way I know to mention Vollmann to Charlie is through reading this blog.

Incidentally, do you know Vollmann's attitude about magazine vs. book publishing? Evidently, Vollmann would give his editors at Spin long chapters of his books-to-be; they'd ribbon them however they wished, and he'd cash the check--Vollmann proudly proclaimed himself "a whore" for this arrangement (wonder what a sex worker would make of that). When it came to books, Vollmann would fight tooth and nail for the manuscript to be published exactly as he'd written it--for instance, on The Royal Family, he accepted a lower royalty so that the novel would be published at the length he wanted. In practice, I think this arrangement is mellower than it sounds; it just means that the book editor is expected to justify edits, rather than assume an imperial power to make them. The latter makes more sense to me than the former. Anyway, hope to see you next week.
zonaroja From: zonaroja Date: October 31st, 2006 12:25 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I missed this posting on its original date, so I'm happy to read the "entry from last year." Profound thoughts CB! And I like the language you use to present a theory that mirrors the language. The circling, or spiraling effect. It reminds me of conversations we've had about modeling the very thing you're attempting to say or do in writing, etc... wasn't that a conversation with you? At any rate, I just wish I could move beyond the "judgment" of my feeling and on to intention. Oh what a wonderful world that would be:) And another Sage conversation would do me, too.
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