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Topic: Stuart Kauffman is always interesting

From: Roald Laurenson
Location: in view of the Coronado Islands
Date: 11/27/2013

Hi Greg -- you are probably quite tired of factoid messages from this quarter instead of the possible poetical, but here is one more that may be worth reading through.


Now, what could in a novel make use of this rather Taoist method of view?

The question interests me of an evening; maybe you.

If you like, you can tell Astrid I learned of an author through looking up her blog; she'll know the one, and that it's appropriate.


Re: Stuart Kauffman is always interesting

From: Greg Bear
Date: 11/27/2013

Very interesting indeed! Thanks, Clive.

Re: Stuart Kauffman is always interesting

From: Roald Laurenson
Location: in view of the Coronado Islands
Date: 11/29/2013

Great - then let me post here where you'll find it a little carry-on from what I was maundering about in regards film vs. novel writing a bit below.

This is from a seventies NY Times review of John Fowles' Daniel Martin, a book that is part of what drew me to ten years in England, all its adventures and impressions enjoyed again now:

'Among the many subjects that Daniel Martin keeps mulling over at length are the esthetics of cinema and his particular dissatisfaction with them: "In the very act of creating its own past, the past of the scenario and the past, of the shooting, [the final cut] destroys the past of the mind of each spectator. Images are inherently fascistic because they overstamp the truth, however dim and blurred, of the real past experience, as if, faced with ruins, we must turn architects, not archeologists. The word is the most imprecise of signs. Only a science-obsessed age could fail to comprehend that this is its great virtue, not its defect. What I was trying to tell Jenny in Hollywood was that I would murder my past if I tried to evoke it on camera; and it is precisely because I can't really evoke it in words, can only hope to awaken some analogous experience in other memories and sensitivities, that it must be written."'


And this is indeed very British, the part we particularly enjoy...cheers, Greg...

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