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Posts tagged "lewis hyde"

Dec 27, 2012
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Mar 11, 2012
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Most artists are brought to their vocation when their own nascent gifts are awakened by the work of a master. That is to say, most artists are converted to art by art itself. Finding one’s voice isn’t just an emptying and purifying oneself of the words of others but an adopting and embracing of filiations, communities, and discourses. Inspiration could be called inhaling the memory of an act never experienced. Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos. Any artist knows these truths, no matter how deeply he or she submerges that knowing.
— Lewis Hyde, The Gift (this was a passage lifted for Lethem’s piece) (via explore-blog: The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarismJonathan Lethem’s fantastic 2007 Harper’s Magazine essay makes a compelling case for combinatorial creativity. It is the title essay of his equally excellent new collection of essays.)

(Source: explore-blog)

Dec 21, 2011
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Tell your secrets.
— Allen Ginsberg, when asked, “How does one become a prophet?” Recalled by Lewis Hyde in Trickster Makes This World, where he writes “Uncovering secrets is apocalyptic in the simple sense (the Greek root means ‘an uncovering’). In this case, it lifts the shame covers. It allows articulation to enter where silence once ruled.” (Quoted by Frank in his post on shame and Louis CK)

Aug 04, 2011
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I love Twitter.

You have read The Gift, right?

I love Twitter.

You have read The Gift, right?

May 16, 2010
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Surely it’s the case that never before have so many creators offered so much to so many for $0. A result, in effect, is a gift glut….with so many gifts out there, some $0 things seem more valuable than others.
Rob Walker, writing about the internet and one of my favorite books on art, Lewis Hyde’s THE GIFT

Jun 02, 2009
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More conservative minds deprive coincidence of meaning by treating it as background noise or garbage, but the shape-shifting mind pesters the distinction between accident and essence and remakes this world out of whatever happens.

Nov 16, 2008
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Jan 24, 2008
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