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Metamorphoses of the Mountain - De File
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Metamorphoses of the Mountain
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From: e4q Date: August 29th, 2010 07:53 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
it does really look lovely.

oddly, the roofscape is something i like in my view. it's nothing to write home about, but i am glad i am on the top floor and see mostly sky.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 30th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think you would appreciate the view, if not the often overwhelming heat of this time of year.

One thing I've realized, in years of trying to take photos of the mountain or sky without including the surrounding buildings, is that the photos are often more interesting when there's foreground, even if the foreground is mundane.
From: e4q Date: August 30th, 2010 03:43 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
yes. sky on it's own seldom cuts it, no matter how dramatic. i suppose it's the sense of scale.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 30th, 2010 03:58 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Right. I think Kant said that. Or meant to. The sublime can only be such in relation to what isn't.
From: e4q Date: August 30th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
haha!

i am better than kant!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 30th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You're certainly a lot more fun. He sounds like a tiresome fellow.
From: e4q Date: August 30th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
a lot of them do. that and all the funny names.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 30th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I know that my favorite German-language thinker, Walter Benjamin, would have been pretty entertaining to spend time with. But most of them, well, I'm glad they wrote books. . .
From: e4q Date: August 30th, 2010 04:09 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
yes, i think he would have been a laugh. i think adorno would have been po faced, i think maus (is it maus, do you know who i mean?) would have been FAB. and i think durkheim would have been interesting. a lot of them would have been a total headdesk.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 30th, 2010 04:12 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The French would probably have been more fun than the Germans or, heaven forfend, the English. Foucault was apparently arrogant as all get-out, but entertaining if he let you inside his defenses.
From: e4q Date: August 30th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
well, didn't he take acid in the desert? that's pretty defenceless! though i think his panoptican mind might get a little wearing after a while.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 30th, 2010 04:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
He loosened up a lot in California, apparently. I had a friend who would visit him at his favorite café, a somewhat bedraggled place that humanities graduate students subsequently christened "Café Foucault" in his honor. That's where I held my office hours, just like he did.
From: e4q Date: August 30th, 2010 04:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
that's nice.

i always fancied becoming a therapist like lacan and counting the money in front of the client and chucking them out after 10 minutes, but it's not really me. i am more of a melanie klein type, were i to do therapy, which i won't now.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: August 30th, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That was Lacan's greatest gambit, eliminating the fifty-minute hour!

I bet you would have been a good therapist.
From: e4q Date: August 30th, 2010 04:29 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
i did think about training. but it's too late now, too ill and stupid! (not in the current meaning of the word, just the inability to learn the hard stuff and sit in classrooms without weeping or sleeping)

i am not bad at the back door approach, though, with the meditation and whatnot.
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