Drugs? Crazy? Or …

Friday, July 25th, 2014

“ALL FRAGMENTS HAVE ALL CENTERS OPERATING WITHIN THEMSELVES, BUT THERE IS A STRONG TENDENCY FOR THE PERSONALITY TO BECOME FIXED IN ONE CENTER.  THE CENTER HAS A GREAT DEAL TO DO WITH RESPONSES.  IT INDICATES FROM WHAT PART OF YOURSELF YOU WILL ACT … MOST OF YOU WILL COMBINE TWO CENTERS FOR YOUR CENTERING; SUCH AS YOU WILL BE IN THE MOVING PART OF INTELLECTUAL CENTER, WHICH MEANS YOUR REACTION TO SITUATIONS WILL BE INTELLECTUAL AND YOU WILL BE DRIVEN TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE THING YOU REACT TO.  THE MOVING AND SEXUAL CENTERS ARE KINETIC, THE EMOTIONAL CENTERS ARE MUTE, HAVING TO DO WITH FEELINGS RATHER THAN WORDS.  THE INTELLECTUAL CENTERS ARE THE VERBAL CENTERS.  THAT DOES NOT MEAN THAT AN EMOTIONALLY CENTERED PERSON CANNOT SPEAK, BUT IT DOES MEAN THAT SUCH A PERSON WILL HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF TROUBLE EXPRESSING HERSELF OR HIMSELF WITH WORDS.”
—from Messages from Michael by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (1980; source of the “OLD SOUL” lingo!)
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(1.) “Nabokov writes prose the only way it should be written, that is, ecstatically.”—John Updike, on Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita
(2.) “I’m not sure if your msgs since [the first one] are sincere, cocaine induced or bulk messages including other recipients.”—Jody Huellmantel, in a 07/10/12 Facebook reply-message to yours truly
(3.) “Burroughs seems to revel in a new medium … a medium totally fantastic, spaceless, timeless, in which the normal sentence is fractured, the cosmic tries to push its way through the bawdry, and the author shakes the reader as a dog shakes a rat.”—Anthony Burgess, on The Ticket that Exploded (1968)
(4.) “I really love your enthusiasm for my stories and our shared correspondence, though. It’s like a little unexpected hit off a crack pipe.”—Wendy Wimmer, in a 08/18/12 e-mail to yours truly
(5.) “It can never turn out well when a square takes a hipster for his subject.  Essentially incapable of regarding him as anything other than the weird phobic controlling maniac of fable more than legend, they hold stubbornly, I would even say stupidly, to their assumptions, often objecting to him personally, to his secrecy and his silence and even his wealth … An artist’s isolation has nothing to do with physical circumstances anyway, with how publicly or privately he seems to be doing his work.  It’s more about tempo, intuition, experiment, and the kind of silence you don’t come by easily these days, and not at all if you’re passive.”—Michael Herr, on Kubrick (2000)
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“THE INSTINCTIVE CENTER IS NOT USUALLY FOUND IN PERSONS GENERALLY CLASSIFIED AS SANE.  THE NEGATIVE POLE OF THE INSTINCTIVE CENTER IS ANATOMIC AND THE POSITIVE POLE IS ATOMIC.”
—Quinn Yarbro, op. cit.

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