The shift back and forth between reading and looking, object and idea, is the basic dynamic emphasized by this blog.

Dewey is a new kind of subject,
with an old history,
and you perceive him in stages:
First as words, a reading experience;
as you get closer, as a looking-at-life experience;
then, holistically, as a thinking experience.

If you linger over his life and art a little,
give yourself to it,
you’ll get something from it.
The temptation,
with his audacious fast-food pop bricolage,
is to breeze through him and this blog,
with your miasma,
but that’s like keeping your iPod on at a concert.

You get a sense of what’s going on,
but you’re preprogrammed and sticking with that.
Wrong move.”


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