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April 2, 2021in Notes

Subversive Bach

The music brings out this sense of inexorableness that the text signals with words like bestimmen (designate, determine, appoint) and the clipped, forceful, almost untranslatable Not (destitution, misery, dire need).

Copperplate print showing perspective view of Nikolaikirche, Leipzig.
November 5, 2020in Notes

Cardboard Darwinism & Double Transference

“Cardboard Darwinism,” writes biologist Stephen Jay Gould in an essay of the same name, “is a reductionist, one-way theory about the grafting of information from environment upon organism,” or what amounts to a form of biological determinism.

Stephen Jay Gould in his office.
October 25, 2020in Essays

Dialectical Ecology

Nature has a specific history. This is a history in which organic life, inclusive of humanity, acts on and changes the world, at the same time as the world acts on and changes organic life.

Still from Koyannisqatsi—power lines in the desert.