Determinism? Not today, thank you.

In Artists, Current reading, Drafts, Film, Local projects, photography, Poetry on May 22, 2014 at 6:05 am

This happened because that happened. Prior to that, this other thing happened. Mathematics applied to story, be it memoir, ramble in a bar or major literary achievement such as Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.

True, but not so. If story  – the ones we tell ourselves, the ones we tell others – if story were math, you could write it out in equations on a white board. Save a lot of trees that way, and lots of space on a hard drive.

Influences? Yes. Tendencies toward one type of explanation over another? Yes. Personal habits, comfort zones, phobias? Yes, yes and yes. Determinism? Only if you so decide. In which case you may as well settle for one of the world religions or latest trends to “explain” everything.

No time for any of that. No use for any of it right now either.

In the slurry called world news, glimpsed at this morning. Winner Takes All in the Category  of Nonsense: actresses in gowns and jewelry loaned by fashion houses, walking up the stairs at the Cannes Film Festival. Photographers who’ve made it through the scrum aim their cameras at them. Meanwhile, the actresses beam into the eye of their own hand-held gimmick so they can grab a view of their own unspeakable splendor.

To which you must add, the best photographer in the lot: the one who grabbed the shot. Hail to thee, blithe spirit.

Onward, kadima and so on.


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