The Obscure Menace of the Interior

August 22, 2014 4:56 PM

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The Obscure Menace of the Interior

I find language unstable. If I repeat the word "both" enough in my head, or hiss to myself the word "simple" so many times it slides into the word "impulse," the meanings of the words dissolve, and they assume a flat strangeness. I can't pull them back from nonsense.

And yet I do not have this problem with rocks, or trees, or soil, or water. I think the distinction is that words are things of human creation, while rocks and trees and all the rest are things of nature. Nature is a given to us, but being human, we understand how deeply arbitrary many human things ...

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