“Writing is a question of becoming, always incomplete, always in the midst of being formed, and goes beyond the matter of any livable or lived experience…Writing is imperceptible from becoming:”
“Literature is a collective assemblage of enunciation…it opens up a kind of foreign language within language.”
“…far from having attained the limits they set for themselves, which ceaselessly slip away from them…to write is also to become something other than a writer.”
“I’m in words, made of words, others’ words, what others, the place too, the air…I’m all these words, all these strangers, this dust of words, with no ground for their settling.”
“I have nothing to do, that is to say, nothing in particular. I have to speak. Whatever that means. Having nothing to say, no words but the words of others, I have to speak.“
“The expression that there is nothing to express, nothing with which to express, nothing from which to express, no power to express, no desire to express, together with the obligation to express.”
“The fact would seem to be, if in my situation one may speak of facts, not only that I shall have to speak of things of which I cannot speak, but also, which is even more interesting, but also that I, which is if possible even more interesting, that I shall have to, I forget, no matter. At the same time I am obliged to speak. I shall never be silent. Never.”
“Forward! That’s soon said. But where is forward?”
– Samuel Beckett –
“Writing, not wanting to, wanting to, not being able to.”
“Express only that which cannot be expressed. Leave it unexpressed.”
“the strength of an impersonal speech, the subsistence of a language that speaks itself on its own.”
“It is as if the possibility that my writing represents essentially exists to express its own impossibility – the impossibility of writing that constitutes my sadness. Not only can it not put it in parentheses, or accommodate it without destroying it or being destroyed by it, but it really is possible only because of its impossibility.”
“perceiving all the strangeness there was in being observed by a word as if by a living being, and not simply by one word, but by all the words that were in that word, by all those that went with it and in turn contained other words…like a procession opening out into the infinite.”
– Maurice Blanchot –
“Language cannot properly be said to be handed down – it endures, but it endures as a continuous process of becoming.”
“The meaning of a word is determined entirely by its context. In fact, there are as many meanings of a word as there are contexts of its usage.”
“Utterance is a social phenomenon.”
“Expression organizes experience.”
“In point of fact, a word is a two-sided act…As word, it is precisely the product of the reciprocal relationship between speaker and listener, addresser and addressee. Each and every word expresses the ‘one’ in relation to the ‘other.’“
“A word is a bridge thrown between myself and another. If one end of the bridge depends on me, then the other depends on my addressee. A word is a territory shared by both.”
– Mikhail Bakhtin –
“Language is not an instrument; it is irreducible to any function of mediation, any work on behalf of meanings, statements, descriptions, narrations, expressions of feeling, or objects of this or that form or definition. It is rather a material that exposes me to the limits of my power.“
– Gerald Bruns –
106 thoughts on “About”
Thank you for dropping by mouseytong.com. Your list of books that you are reading sounds really interesting. I don’t have much time to read but I do whenever I can. I now want to search out some of the books you have listed. 🙂
Thank you for visiting here as well! Hope they enrich you as they do me, so much.
Thanks for visiting and liking my blog!!! I love your About page and your posts look fantastic! Hope you drop by again soon!
thank you for following my blog….I like you blog….
yes…i got a new friend….
thank you dear…
Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking one of the posts
A great blog! Thanks for stopping by mine. I look forward to reading more of your work!
Thank you, and likewise!
I nominated you for the Day Dreamer Award! http://lotusohms.wordpress.com/2012/06/04/day-dreamer-awards/
thanks a bundle!
I adore the way you express things, it is incredibly inspiring. The way you write is exquisite and I love reading your work.
Thank you very much!
Thanks so much for checking out and “liking” on my blog! 🙂 Looks like you have a great one here… happy to follow you now! All the best, Aims from http://www.aimsphotos.wordpress.com
I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger’s Award! Check my site, page “Awards”.
Thanks a bundle! It actually means a lot!
Hello, Nathan. I rather enjoyed reading your bio . . . if there is anyone who believes that the written word can both impart and invoke feeling, it is a writer; still, it’s is often difficult to read a person through words alone. Your ambition and zeal floods your prose.
Wow, superb blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you make blogging look easy. The overall look of your site is magnificent, as well as the content!. Thanks For Your article about About manoftheword .
I just come over to say big thanks for visiting my blog and liking what you found there. I like your blog too and was very glad to found Umberto Eco here – he is great!
thank you as well
Thanks for following my blog. I really like what you have to offer here. 🙂
Thank you. Encouraged by commitments to words.
Wow. I feel small. So much going on here! Though I would drop the bowling pins, crashing on my head. Indeed.
Tjanks for the follow bak, you alliterative master. I so admire it, I do… I’m gonna try it with some odd consonant like Q. Haha.
If I actually do that, will let ya know… doubtful at best though.
Hi Nathan- it is your old pal Tim Smith from PCB/Jerusalem. I have reached out to you before with no success. That’s OK- I am glad you are doing well and enjoyed reading your poetry. Write me back if you can; I’d love to hear from you. -Tim firstname.lastname@example.org
Yay Timothy! So happy to hear from you! Going back to school and telling stories…how could they not include you! Good timing – I’ll be in touch – eager to hear your path (i’m sure it’s been “different”) 🙂
Hey! So I love your work and think your blog is great so I’ve nominated you for a ‘One Lovely Blog’ award!
how befuddling! Thank you for taking the time and thinking so!
Thank you for liking my About page. On top of that your work is amazing!
I came here to say you have a great gravater image . Now I see you have many interesting blogs! I’ve been going through them. Thanks for coming by and liking my one blog.
thank you – the Giacometti sketch you’re referring to, or the Ouroborous? Thanks a lot for spending some time with our works…we enjoy yours much as well
I couldn’t find an email on your blog, but I was wondering if you’d be interested in doing a collaborative project for a journal? If you think you might be interested, email me at email@example.com and I’ll give you the details.
Thank you for letting me discover your blog Nathan,,, I have an impression that words come so easily to you 🙂
thank you very much – … if only
If only ……? Well, you have fooled me 😀
THANKS for visiting my “pun-ny” photoblog and leaving a “like.”
–John R.: http://TheDailyGraff.com
it was my pleasure!
NF: Heads up! RT has nominated you for a “Very Inspiring Blogger” award. Instructions are included in the Rag Tree’s most recent post. Congrats! RT
I just nominated you for the most inspirational blogger award :).
Sorry, I forgot to tell you where to check it out. Sigh. Go here to read about it: http://writersite.org/2012/12/08/from-the-cat-choir/.
thank you VERY much! I’m very honored. Glad this work inspires someone, anyone! And you. Thank you
found it in my reader – thank you much 🙂
I love your blog and found it inspiring! 🙂 Sooo I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, check out the details here: http://wordsthatflowlikewater.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/thank-you-the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/
I’ve a christmas card for you! : ) You can pick it up here http://summer4soul.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/1022/
Have a nice day
Sweet greetings, Summer
Wow. Thank you very much – and best wishes to you as well!
Back atcha, Filbert. I have nominated you for an award.
thank you very much
Nice blog…..lovely blog…
Thank you! Yours as well, look forward to more time there.
I saw that you had liked several of my posts and decided to follow my blog. Thank you. I hope that in the future you may discover other posts that resonate with you. Your site is very unique and creative. best wishes, Marie
I’m tremendously pleased that you found Emily Dickinson and the gnome. Your opinion is important to me.
ciao! luvFAB blog.
There are a gazillion blogs out there – thanks for following mine. Marie
you’re making some terrific art, thank you
Hi, thank you for dropping by ‘The Savvy Senorita’ and liking some of my posts. I appreciate it!
my pleasure. thank you as well.
No problem at all 🙂
Hi – I’m nominating you for this versatile blogging award. There are some rules, but feel free to ignore. This is not a chain letter – no bad luck if you ignore it. Thanks for your great blog. Lisa http://clisawork.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/versatile-blogger-award/
Hi!!! So I’m loving your blog, having fun every time I visit and I think you absolutely deserve this award! Congratulations I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award, check out the details here 🙂 :
I’m very honored – thank you very much.
Thank you very much, I’m honored.
Well deserved! Congratulations again!
Thank you for visiting, Nathan. I am trying to understand what you are presenting here; agree with what you say, but still don’t know where you’re going with it. You have a number of links on this page that don’t work, such as “www.ekphrastixarts.com”, and I would advise that you eliminate them. I have been stubborn, and did eventually find your wife’s beautiful art work. but I imagine that some visitors might have given up after a few links that didn’t work. Do you produce art too, or is your interest purely intellectual? With best wishes…
I rejoiced…yes rejoiced…when you found “No Exit.” I’m not quite comfortable with it…sense its faults. Your visit is encouraging.
it winds tightly i thought, full but bound…only you could know when/what is comfortable
You saw something I did not see. I’m grateful for that.
Loving your posts, hope to discuss/comment further on much of your writings on here! Keep the great posts coming!
Thanks for visiting – looking forward to your contributions as well
Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I hope you continue to find interesting content on the joy of language.
thank you as well – i share in the joy of language 🙂
Thanks for the “Space Out” like. Thought I’d be banished…would have deserved it.
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thank you kindly for all
Great blog, nice to be here, regards from Poland 🙂 EM
Thank you very much for finding and entering and taking the time to comment. Regards back, from USA.
Thank you so much for following First Night Design. I’m looking forward to reading your posts. I shall be back!
thank you for visiting back. Delightful work you have going there. Thanks for sharing it
I see you stopped by my blog.Thanks for the”like” I can’t find it on your blog but wordpress sent me an imaee of a bronze casting of a beheaded man – very very powerful.I can’t get it out of my head. I’m working on a war painting which I blogged about recently. Your sculpture reminded me of a friends sculpture series Nuke News He cast them in the 80’s – Robert Arneson. Always good to see what you and your wife are up to. Carla
Thank you Carla! I’ve had some trouble finding the time to keep up with others’ work of late (unfortunately)…always happy to see yours. The bronze I am using is by Bill Woodrow (2001) – entitled “Listening to History” – I photographed it at Meier Gardens in Grand Rapids, MI
A very very belated thanks for visiting my blog; I’ve been on a bit of a sabbatical writing “a borrowing of bones” but back to blogging with a lot of wonderful sites to catch up on. Hope you enjoy a walk through my village, I’ll be posting the poems through the first week of February.
Hello,I have nominated your blog for the versatile blogger award : https://nightwithdeer.wordpress.com/2015/06/01/versatile-blogger-awardthanks-so-much-petrel41/
Thank you very much for this – as you mention in your post – I too have felt somewhat beleaguered and constipated in my writing efforts of late. It is very encouraging to be read and responded to. Many good wishes and sincere thanks for this consideration.
I love the change model on your “about” page. Can you tell me who created it or where I can find more info?
Hi Nathan, I really appreciate the offer to meet up while you were in Tulsa this weekend! I have a sick child, and so I don’t think it is going to work out this time. I’m in OKC, about an hour and a half away from Tulsa, by the way – not all that far. Thanks so much for thinking of me while you’ll be down here! Enjoy Oklahoma, and thanks so much for enjoying my work! (Sorry I’ve been on hiatus the last six or so months!). I really do appreciate you. Your writing has often given me inspiration for my own
Thank you Gayle. Well, let’s please stay in touch – sorry to hear about the child under-weather. Back in Wichita 🙂
I would like to be in touch. Write me freely at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wow! From just a little preliminary poking around on your blog I can seethis is potent, rich, and full of the best kind of provocation, I’ll be coming back for more. Meanwhile, thanks for visiting Back2theRoot and giving it a “like”. I’m honored–really!
Thank you very much. Certainly not everyone’s cup of tea but it’s good to hear it incites some interest. Thanks for poking around 🙂
Thanks for dropping by my blog ( http://yourartisticjourney.com. )and deciding to follow me. I too look forward to follow you.
thanks for showing an interest in my work by liking following my wordpress blog.
i’ve found this http://ineedartandcoffee.blogspot.com/p/my-art.html.
It’s very good.
I love it.
Do you have a wordpress blog that features your visual work that i can “follow” via wordpress.com?
Thank you for visiting my site as well. Yes Tom’s work at ineedartandcoffee is excellent! I no longer have a site featuring visual work – and all of mine is beginner efforts / play anyway 🙂 Thank you for your work.
I have this nagging feeling I have a ways to go before I catch up with you…give me a moment to down a pot of coffee, and I’ll give it a go.
Flattered & honored anyone gives it a go. Thank you!
So interesting! I look forward to following.
Hello Nathan, thank you for following my blog and liking my posts. I love your writing and am equally inspired by the people you reference. There has been much silence at my end both in art and writing due to illness and the fact I have been choking on grief, like a fish bone stuck in my throat, I can’t spit it out. I don’t want it to be the last word and your writing has encouraged me to try and practice the art of writing spit…bit by bit. Regards Denise
Greetings Denise, I am honored that you made the effort of correspondence. I’m grateful that you’ve found some words here that suit you. Illness and grief – two very strange relations with the world that definitely disarrange us. Writing spit…bit by bit…I hope so, spit can have so many flavors, uses, and textures. From your body it could not but be worthwhile. We look forward to it. Boon – Nathan
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Hi Nathan, I have seen you tried to get onto my blogs. I am planning to restart a new blog but don’t have enough time at the moment. I have published some stuff on “Borderless Philosophy”. Google for “Borderless Philosophy andreas keller proteons”. I am planning to publish there again. Maybe you can write something there as well? The call for submissions will come out soon. I’ll keep you informed.
This is hopeful and good to hear! Not having “enough time” seems pandemic to our year! I am happy there are stirrings, stirrings-still. Looking forward. All best.
I have another thinker I think would be incredible to publish papers with Borderless / Against Professional Philosophy. I will ask permission to share his unpublished creations – have been very powerful to me. Love those titles. Carry forth!
Here is the call for submissions for BP4.
I also had some stuff on BP3. You might recognize some of it since it was partially developped out of old blog posts. However, this time I had very little time to really finish it, because my 90 years old mother was terminally ill and I took care of her, until she died in May. Fortunately she lived in the appartment next door (when that had become free, I immediately caused her to move in) and “fortunately” it was lock down, so I was home all the time, working from home. For my contributions to BP3, however that meant they ended up a bit half backed. I hope I am going to have more time this year. There are several ideas but I have not yet decided what exactly to submit.
Also read this, written by Robert Hanna and Otto Pans, who are both active on BP and APP:
Sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. What a year this has been all around! I am grateful to hear of these things.
Hello Nathan, Borderless Philosophy 4 is out: https://www.cckp.space/single-post/bp-4-2021-editorial-team-table-of-contents
Nannus (Andreas keller)