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Silence and Mortality

Silence and Mortality

No more words! A funny thing for a writer to demand. Not for an artist or a composer, necessarily. But it’s a strange call coming from an author, who obviously depends on words for his/her brick and mortar. Silence. The fear of. The desire for. The demand, the scream, the crying out loud. Stop!!!     “Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.”     – Ludwig Wittgenstein     “The silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.”     – Blaise…

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Meaningful Searches, Exits and Traps

Meaningful Searches, Exits and Traps

The (Post-)Modern Search for Meaning: Tolstoy’s Escape from the Trap A Reflection by Sean Howard For the last few years, a close friend has been complaining, with light touch but increasingly heavy heart, of a deep-seated creative malaise, an impasse in his search for an authentic voice and message. Among other sources, his depression can be traced to his intense and academically accomplished engagement with Wittgenstein, whose humbling exposé of the ‘language game’ – and, therewith, what my friend calls…

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