“The Commonwealth of the Future”: a new episode coming up in the slowLiterature web series
illustrations by Albert Robida (The End of Books by Octave Uzanne, 1894) | photo by José Tomé & tangiblemode | design by tangiblemode
Photo: Gerardo Garcia for tangiblemode
Who has ever really listened to a word?
When it comes to listening to words, ears commonly tend to focus on a limited range of decoding processes. From meaning to subliminal tone and intensity clues, most of the cognitive effort goes into ‘understanding’ the speaker. From a broader aural point of view, that’s quite a poor listening, even for a single spoken word. Spoken words are not just symbols –such as those flat, typed words on a screen or on paper– but real things, physical objects, living events in our 3-dimensional world.
Just a starting point. You shouldn’t fully trust the title. Not what it seems. You know it well: titles tend to be unfair, unfair to the overall content and misleading to people. Deceptive in both ways, whether enticements or turn-offs. Let’s just keep going.
Welcome to slowLiterature, an iterative trip from scattered atom-words to -somewhat- realised meaning.
Again, don’t think of ‘slow’ as necessarily slow and forget about the commonplaces ethically and aesthetically linked to it – just a title, a potentially misleading label like any other.
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Why poetry? To paraphrase computer jargon, our attraction to poetry is an “object-oriented” fascination. Within such an unfathomable field, we avow a clear inclination towards its shareable, objectual side over the subjective, solipsistic one. That does not mean we are not deeply open to collaborate actively –we are– with poets and aesthetics all ’round…