Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
"This situation creates a rather curious balance account: the weather and its evolution are defined by everyone on earth and the few weathermen provide only a few scattered opinions among the multitudes of opinion, taken more seriously in only small sectors of the public — the military, the ship and air companies, agricultural concerns, tourists. However, when you put all these opinions in one balance of the scale and in the other the few claims of the meteorologists, the balance tips on the side of the latter. No matter how many things are said about the weather, no matter how many jokes are made about the weathermen, the weather of the weathermen is strong enough to discount all the other weathers …
"A handful of well-positioned men of science may rout billions of others. This will happen only, however, as long as they stay inside their own networks, because, no matter what the meteorologists think and do, every one of us will still think it was a hot summer and make jokes, the morning after, about the weather forecasts which were 'wrong as usual' … [M]eteorology 'covers' the world's weather and still leaves out of its mesh almost every one of us."
— Bruno Latour, Science in Action (181)
Friday, July 24, 2009
— R.P. Blackmur, New Criticism in the United States, 26
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
— R.P. Blackmur, "In the Hope of Straightening Things Out," 168
Thursday, July 16, 2009
— R.P. Blackmur, "The Expense of Greatness: Three Emphases on Henry Adams," 80
Sunday, July 12, 2009
S: Did you read people like Shaw or Lionel Trilling or R.P. Blackmur with pleasure?
PK: Oh, sure, I read them all. I read Blackmur with a great deal of pleasure. I probably identified with him [more] than with any other critic. I can't explain that to you now, but Blackmur, when I first read him, just struck some chord with me, and I read all the authors he talked about.
I was living with a young poet named Robert Horan at that time. And we were reading Blackmur together and being excited about him. …
You make discoveries in the arts with other people. Robert Duncan was a very good friend of mine, and we explored a lot of things together. We had our biggest talkfests in the late '30s. Later, when we were on different sides of the country, we would write letters to each other. We would read the same books and exchange impressions and ideas. And then we would get together somewhere and talk for forty-eight hours straight. (Laughs)