Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Eat Your Own Language

Some excitingly moving and doing language below. So beautiful.

From Gertrude Stein's "Lecture I" in Narration:

"The story must be told will be told can be told but they will tell this story they tell this story using the exactly same words that were made to tell an entirely different story and the way it is being done the pressure being put upon the same words to make them move in an entirely different way is most exciting, it excites the word it excites us who use them."

"And so we have this situation, a settled language because a language is settled after it does not change any more that is as to words and grammar, and it being written so completely written all the time it inevitably cannot change much and yet the pressure upon these words to make them do something that they did not do for those who made that language come to exist is a very interesting thing to watch."

"Words left alone more and more feel that they are moving and all of it is detached and is detaching anything from anything and in this detaching and in this moving it is being in its way creating its existing."

"We are changing grammar and punctuation and shoving it around and putting pressure upon it but there it is and it has certainly as any American is bound to say it has come as it is it has come to stay."

"Your language will have the words feeling that thing feeling that they are there and staying."

"I like the feeling of words doing as they want to do and as they have to do when they live where they have to live that is where they have come to live which of course they do do."

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