Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Kiss a Cliche

Kiss a Cliché (Liberal Art)

I have to compete with country & western singers’
word-play bromides carting clippetty-clop, 3-chord  
progressions of every thing I hold up to light, what
everyone knows already  damnit. nothing new;
anything good I say in  class is on the car  radio
driving home & wherever I go there  I am—me
& my friends in low  places heard it all before. ..  

 “Collaborative genius,” says Keith Sawyer, is
nurtured by an environment that encourages failure
—one that sees the liability of clarity: how lucidity
occludes the rest of a whole, the  remainder of the
daze—the attention  deficiency that rides the
underbelly of attention efficiency: the underbelly
of  attention efficiency riding the underbelly of
attention efficiency. .

Richard Nixon would say repeatedly:
“Let me make one thing perfectly clear”

I swim in an addiction to clarity. Homeland
Insecurity Systems demand it.  How diametrically
if not diabolically opposed a failure-encouraging,
clarity- suppressing environment would be to
institutionalized academia with its sustainable
bias for cultivating  individual  not so much  
collaborative  genius.

Easy to test.

Declare:  “Might we not be encouraging a little more
failure & less clarity in this  classroom so as to nurture
some local  collaboration & the mess &  guess, trial &
error and room for  play it  takes to get better and good
at anything: making sense-of-our-own  in particular  as
opposed to buying it  shrink-wrapped  off the shelf,
rolling our own holy smokes.

Kiss a toad.  Reinvent wheels. Garden without tuxedos. 

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