W7: Reality Hunger

Full disclosure: I liked this reading so much I went and bought the damn book. The author comes across as a bit tedious — really, you really read a book back to front when you’re enjoying it? — but there was a lot to take from it.

Here are some things I don’t know or want to ponder.

  • What do these numbers mean? Why start at 312?
  • What is the “march of consciousness across the stage” meant to mean? Can’t I witness my own consciousness?
  • Can multiple parts ever create a whole? Should they even try?
  • Does nothing have a simple cause/effect relationship? Is it always “bright splinters”?
  • Who / what are the “compositionally disabled”?
  • Can anything have meaning on its own, or is it derived 100% from context?
  • How do you give the “apparent form” of a narrative without creating one accidentally?
  • Will a collage end up saying more about its creator than itself?
  • And I quote: “I hate quotations”.
  • What’s Goethe’s involvement?
  • Can you plan a collage?
  • How can something be “both real and imagined”?
  • Why is non-fiction less limiting than fiction?
  • How can you sustain a work made entirely of “pinnacles”?

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