Idiolexicon: 4/19/2007

Bill Freind

  1. For more on the unacknowledged sacred project of modernity, see Richards, Bill. Zippy Goes to Frankfurt (Hampden, VA: Donut Press, 1984).
  2. In a concurring opinion, the justices wrote “One senses at some point the law collapses under the weight of language.” Then they ordered the feeding tube be removed.
  3. In his later years, Samuel F.B. Morse suffered from aphasia. Eventually he began waving objects—pamphlets, keys, a small spatula—while rocking and grinning delightedly.
  4. Many Americans are scared of small birds.
  5. Scientists believe that when the descent engine failed, the module was left in an eternal interim, drifting with no ultimate goal. A number of philosophers hailed the development.
  6. With this grand insight, the debate abruptly ceased although it could have been a fuckup on my part.
  7. Or, as one former president observed: “…then I lost sensation and chains and darkness were the only objects that pressed upon me.” See Nixon, Richard M. Honor as Solipsism (Saddle River, NJ: Elder Statesman Press, 1982).
  8. Of course, the roots of Hegel’s theory of history lie in his childhood experiences at Six Flags Jena. Frustrated with the brevity of the park’s Lightning Loops rollercoaster, he began to draw sketches for an amusement ride which would not so much end as reach a state of perfect completion. This was beyond the scope of nineteenth-century engineering technology.
  9. How about some Doritos?
  10. I’m colorblind: I have a red-green deficiency, although I don’t seem to have a problem with those colors. I can’t really tell the difference between purple and blue which I guess only matters in paintings of the Madonna. Also, some pinks look beige to me although I’ve learned to compensate for that. Sometimes I can tell that certain tan colors are light pink—I see them as tan, but know they’re not. I’m not sure how that works.
  11. Gladiator films: erotics replacing political struggle.
  12. The taste was crisp and refreshing.
  13. His search for a supreme fiction demonstrates that Wallace Stevens saw poetry as a type of insurance.
  14. I’m scared of independence.
  15. The full citation reads: “There are unsubstantiated reports that Michel Foucault staged his own death and is now living in North Africa. These sources say that Foucault came up with the idea after speaking with Roland Barthes, who hatched a similar scheme.” Turner, Sandra D. “C’est la vie, c’est la mort?” The New York Times, March 23, 1994, p. D22.
  16. Rarely, side effects such as bleeding from the ears were reported. Gravitational disturbances and vague messianic longings are also possible.
  17. It’s time to court the vanquished. Shut up, I’m talking.
  18. Eventually, he cued the chimps.


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