October 2013

multiplying signs of existence

“I can’t help but dream about a kind of criticism  that would try not to judge but to bring an oeuvre, a book, a sentence, an idea to life; it would light fires, watch the grass grow, listen to the wind, and catch the sea foam in the breeze and scatter it.  It would multiply not judgments but signs of existence; it would summon them, drag them from their sleep.  Perhaps it would invent them sometimes–all the better.  All the better.  Criticism that hands down sentences sends me to sleep; I’d like a criticism of scintillating leaps of the imagination.  It would not be sovereign or dressed in red.  It would bear the lightning of possible storms.”

Michel Foucault, The Masked Philosopher

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