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192 pages, Hardcover
First published April 1, 2010
Herodotos tells us the king made this bowl in order to leave behind a "memory" or "monument" of the number. The number itself who knows. History can be at once concrete and indecipherable. Historian can be a storydog that roams around Asia Minor collecting bits of muteness like burrs in its hide. Note that the word "mute" (from Latin mutus...) is regarded by linguists as an onomatopoeic formation referring not to silence but to a certain fundamental opacity of human being, which likes to show the truth by allowing it to be seen hiding. (Compare the Latin word mutmut, representation of a muttering sound, used by Apuleius). In cigarette-smoke-soaked Copenhagen, under a wide thin sorrowful sky, as swans drift down the water, I am looking a long time into the muteness of my brother. It resists me. He refuses to be "cooked" (a modern historian might say) in my transactional order. To put this another way, there is something that facts lack. "Overtakelessness" is a word told me by a philospher once: das Unumgangliche - that which cannot be got round. Cannot be avoided or seen to the back of. And about which one collects facts - it remains beyond them.I can be a bit iffy on books that feel "gimmicky." At times during reading this I wondered if it was more gimmicky than was necessary, until I remembered, again, this is a facsimile of what Carson created to deal with her grief. How dare I accuse that of being gimmicky?
Me: I spent my afternoon with Nox today
Anne: That's good [*signing my newly purchased Autobiography of Red*]
Me: I unravelled it on my floor, and then on my bed, it was...fun.
Anne: Do you have two stories?
Me: What? [I've barely started working on a story :S]
Anne: Your house, do you have two stories in your house?
Me: Yeah [sort of]
Anne: You should throw it from the top of the stairs!
Me: Oh yeah that'd be great [my stairs spiral...]
Anne: You can also write on the back, the pages are blank on the other side
Me: Yeah [I have a university library edition so maybe not]
Signed "Respectfully, AC 2016"