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Dust

DUST “The lint of heroes, the powder of saints, the remnants of stars, grit of meteors. To the Bohemian, dust is a cosmic confectioners’ sugar, softly acting all objects and surfaces in myopic finery. Dust obscures edges and reality, newness … Continue reading

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“But they are not the only minerals, these precious ones…”

“But they are not the only minerals, these precious ones, these objects of old association, whose names, Almandine and Emerald, Topaz and Garnet, Jargoon and Diamond, Amethyst and Ruby, so ring and so sparkle in the darkness of the mind. … Continue reading

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About Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman

Excerpts from Hunter Dukes’ review of: Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman, by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (University of Minnesota Press, June 2015. 376 pp.):  In an Empire of the Dead Los Angeles Review of Books – July 17th, 2015     … Continue reading

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The Old Sluice Box — a poem from 1880

via the California Digital Newspaper Collection — “A Freely Accessible Repository of Digitized California Newspapers from 1846 to the Present” — try it out! Daily Alta California, vol. 32, No. 10883 – San Francisco, Saturday, Jan. 31, 1880. At the Pioneer … Continue reading

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A Survival: Gold and the Imperishable Rock

“A man never knows what tiny thing will startle him to such ancestral and impersonal tears. Piles of superb masonry will often pass like a common panorama; an on this grey and silver morning the ruined towers of the cathedral … Continue reading

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Past the Screens of Words and Signs . . . are Stones

“Une des caractéristiques de la littérature contemporaine est d’être animée par le désir de dépasser les écrans de mots et de signes pour renouer avec une expérience immédiate du monde, avec l’élémentaire, dont la minéralité offre l’image la plus radicale.” … Continue reading

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Gone But Not Forgotten…

’tis a pity to lose a cherished stone… [parallel mineral needles in chalcedony – beach stone, central california coast]

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