"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

The space of desire is “Euclidian.” We always think we move in a straight line towards the object of our desires and hates. Novelistic space is “Einsteinian.” The novelist shows us that the straight line is in reality a circle which inevitably turns us back on ourselves.

[Novelistic desire: Rene Girard, Deceit Desire and the Novel]

Posted by stronzo on 06.29.2008

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