Ruins in Reverse

Robert Smithson, “A Tour of the Monuments of Passaic, New Jersey 1967,” Ruins, Ed. Brian Dillon (MIT Press / Whitechapel Gallery, 2011)

That zero panorama seemed to contain ruins in reverse, that is — all the new construction that would eventually be built. This is the opposite of the “romantic ruin” because the buildings don’t fall into ruin after they are built but rather rise into ruin before they are built.

The Graveyard of Abandoned Projects

Darran Anderson, “The Graveyard of Abandoned Projects,” Darran Anderson, 13 May 2012.

Most people have unfulfilled dreams, ambitions, fantasies, plots of revenge, schemes of emotional or industrial sabotage, secret desires to drive at high speed through deserted post-apocalyptic cities or go on killing sprees through their workplace or merely send the earth hurtling into the sun. Such is life.

Writers have these too. Even failed or failing ones. Especially failed or failing ones. Rather than actually do the things in question, the writer choses a metaphysical shortcut of the most profoundest inanity; to write them down. […]

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An article of mine, entitled “La influencia de la ansiedad” (“The Influence of Anxiety”), appears in the second issue of Revista Multidisciplinar de Función Lenguaje, a free journal published by Función Lenguaje, Madrid’s applied literature centre (centro de literatura aplicade de Madrid).

Faint But Not Undecipherable

Jorge Luis Borges, “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote,” Fictions, 1944

I have reflected that it is legitimate to see the “final” Quixote as a kind of palimpsest, in which the traces — faint but not undecipherable — of our friend’s “previous” texts must shine through. Unfortunately, only a second Pierre Menard, reversing the labours of the first, would be able to exhume and revive those Troys…