Gulf Coast - A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts
Contact Gulf Coast Magazine
Gulf Coast Blog

Trackbacks

No Trackbacks

Comments
Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)

The crux of your argument seems to be resting on a literal interpretation of:

"And so, in order to return sensation to our limbs, in order to make us feel objects, to make a stone feel stony, man has been given the tool of art."

When I read it I was not assuming he meant we will actually 'feel' the stoniness of the stone or that our arms would suddenly be granted a rich new repertoire of sensations but that we could be induced into a state of re-appreciation of the old, which I would argue is not very different from a 'real' sensual perception since awareness is by definition a sensation. In fact, you inadvertently undermined your point, for me specifically, when you described in words (algebrization) a particular example of habituation causing me to re-perceive my own air conditioner.
Comment (1)
#1 Narls Quiff on 2013-02-27 21:10 (Reply)
I would imagine that "page-turners" aim for keeping friction low. And that style is quite popular among the public, while Brechtian theater or Schoenbergian music (for all their arresting originality) are less so.
Comment (1)
#2 Wonks Anonymous on 2013-02-28 16:18 (Reply)
Tolstoy actually used a lot of repetition http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2007/nov/22/tolstoys-real-hero/?pagination=false
Comment (1)
#3 FredR on 2013-02-28 18:08 (Reply)
I'm glad that you're back writing again, Will, I realised just the other day that I was missing you heaps.

The point about the familiarity of the idea implies that the newer and more difficult the concepts you are introducing to your readers, the more straightforward your writing should be.

So, if your objective is to introduce readers to Newtonian physics you should write very clearly. If it's to entertain physicists and you want to write about Newtonian physics, then it's time to make subtle allusions and play with words. I remember Isaac Asimov, in one of his essays about writing, saying that the most adult-level writing he did was in some funny short stories about a very small demon who did favours for a human, mostly making things worse.
Comment (1)
#4 Tracy W on 2013-03-01 06:36 (Reply)

Add Comment

Enclosing asterisks marks text as bold (*word*), underscore are made via _word_.
Standard emoticons like :-) and ;-) are converted to images.

To prevent automated Bots from commentspamming, please enter the string you see in the image below in the appropriate input box. Your comment will only be submitted if the strings match. Please ensure that your browser supports and accepts cookies, or your comment cannot be verified correctly.
CAPTCHA

 
 
Gulf Coast: A Journal of Literature and Fine Arts Centerforward Web Services Squidz Ink Design