A Blogger’s Notebook 9


  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison July 2, 2009 at 4:11 pm .

    Nyah nyah nyah! Yer more high school then me!<br /><br />Come on, now. You can put the argument in a box if you like but it might be more challenging to engage it. Flarf/ConPo elevates the value of means over ends. Goldsmith himself said in a lecture (you can listen to it <a href="http://epc.buffalo.edu/authors/goldsmith/goldsmith_boring.html&quot; rel="nofollow">here</a>) that &quot;over the past ten

  2. HowPoems
    HowPoems July 2, 2009 at 2:44 pm .

    This is the argument high school students make when they see contemporary art for the first time. <br /><br />I understand when they do it since they don&#39;t know much about art.

  3. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison June 29, 2009 at 2:47 pm .

    I object to &quot;collaged,&quot; Iain. And I think you misrepresent Goldsmith. He doesn&#39;t advocate using words the way you describe; he advocates assembling phrases, sentences, and whole paragraphs taken from existing sources: he has done this himself and found some benighted soul to publish it. He calls this practice &quot;uncreative writing,&quot; a term you&#39;ll notice he judiciously

  4. Iain
    Iain June 29, 2009 at 1:23 am .

    But you haven&#39;t really created this bit of prose at all. You&#39;ve just collaged together already existing commonplace words. Language is and has always been wholly the act of placing already existing objects into new contexts. It shouldn&#39;t need Goldsmith to point this out, but somehow people still get all frazzled when he points out very simple obvious truths about language.

  5. Anonymous
    Anonymous June 29, 2009 at 12:44 am .

    the emporer&#39;s new clothes argument yet again? Clearly you can do better than that!

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