An Anthology of Chance Operations... by La Monte Young

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To inquire the purpose of that immortal or long-lived being would perhaps be as foolhardy as futile, but it seems likely that he has not yet achieved it. In 1691 Father Gerbillon of the Society of Jesus confirmed that ruins were all that was left of the palace of Kubla Khan; we know that scarcely fifty lines of the poem were salvaged. Those facts give rise to the conjecture that the series of dreams and labors has not yet ended. The first dreamer was given the vision of the palace and he built it; the second, who did not know of the other’s dream, was given the poem about the palace.

Gosse “The man without a Navel yet lives in me” is the curious line (shSS written by Sir Thomas Browne (Religio Medici, 1642) to sig­ nify that he was conceived in sin because he was a descendant of Adam. In the first chapter of Ulysses, Joyce also evokes the immacu­ late and taut belly of the woman without a mother: “Heva, naked Eve. ” The subject (I know) can easily become grotesque and trivial, but the zoologist Philip Henry Gosse has con­ nected it to the central problem of metaphysics: the problem of time.

They have phonographs; before long they will record Catita’s voice. They are dependent on such rubbish; we owe and shall continue to owe those dubious riches to them. ” I have traveled through Catalonia, Alicante, An­ dalusia, Castile; I have lived in Valldemosa for two years and in Madrid for one; I have very fond memories of those places, but I never noticed that Spaniards spoke better than we did. ) Dr. Castro accuses us of archaism. His method is curious: he discovers that the most cultivated persons in San Mamed de Puga, Orense, have forgotten a certain usage of a certain word; he immediately decides that the Argentines should forget it, too.

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