So these two maniacs burst into my apartment last night, Frenchman, I think, and start shouting crazy shit and drinking up all my wine.
I'm reading quietly on the couch, the Fat Bunny curled up next to me, Nancy's crashed in the bedroom so I'm telling them to keep it down for Christ's sake, it's a school night after all, but they're French, right? No sense of propriety, voices rising, shoving and slapping each other in agreement.
Couldn't catch all of it, something about the difference between long-term memory and short-term memory, the gist being:
"The splendor of the short-term Idea: one writes using short-term memory, thus short-term ideas; even if one reads or re-reads using long-term memory of long-term concepts. Short-term memory includes forgetting as a process; it merges not with the instant, but instead with the nervous, temporal and collective rhizome. Long-term memory (family, race, society or civilization) traces and translates, but what it translates continues to act in it, from a distance, off beat, in an "untimely" way, not instantaneously."
I caught some of it, but what with their accents and the speed at which they were going, I had to call for clarification.
"What's that word, 'rizome'? 'Rhyzome'? You can't smoke in here, man, Nancy quit, we smoke in the hallway now. Are you talking about blogs or what? Who are you guys?"
Like I never said a word, they sit down on the couch, Fat Bunny leaping away, and keep talking to each other. It's like I'm not even in the room.
"The rhizome is an antigenealogy. It is a short-term memory or antimemory. The rhizome operates by variation, expansion, conquest, capture, offshoots. Unlike the graphic arts, drawing or photography, unlike tracings, the rhizome pertains to a map that must be produced, constructed, a map that is always detachable, connectible, reversible, modifiable, and has multiple entryways and exits and its own line of flight."
"Like blogs, right? You're talking about blogs? At least use an ashtray, man."
"The middle is by no means an average; on the contrary, it is where things pick up speed. Between things does not designate a localizable relation going from one thing to the other and back again, but a perpendicular direction, a transversal moment that sweeps one and the other away, a stream without beginning or end that undermines its banks and picks up speed in the middle."
And then, I swear to god, one of them set the couch on fire with his cigarette and that was it. It was interesting stuff, sure, I think it had to do with blogs and blogging, but come on.
And we're breaking with the venerable weeks-old tradition of the Monday Morning Music Quiz in honor of all those little bastards who are still considering grad school.
Which of the following is not an actual college and school for higher learning?
1. Inner Mongolia College of Farming and Animal Husbandry
2. Chavez School of Manual Dexterity and Prestidigitation
3. Chief Dull Knife College
4. Battle Creek Cereal Box Community College
I'll give you a hint, one of them was my safety school.
Now let's get to work.