Or, as my friend Groucho used to say:
If you come to a fork in the road, take it.
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From: "Ken Armstrong" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, January 16, 2010 5:16 AM
Subject: Re: Eliot's poetry: the medium & the message
> Nancy Gish wrote:
> > Neither works if you try to follow it to any logical conclusion.
> > But then, as I said, I discuss this in the article on
> > "Subjectivities," which focuses on how Anglo-American and French
> > theories are set down on a template like Scottish poetry where they
> > just do not explain anything--one of them being these notions of
> > discourse as either totally originated by the lyric voice or totally
> > constructed by language. I never feel constrained by "either/or"; it
> > is pretty much always a false dichotomy.
> I had a friend who insisted that the meaning of either/or (in
> Kierkegaard no less) was "take your pick" or "six of one, half a dozen
> of the other"! False choices are false choices, between which one is not
> constrained to choose. But without arriving, somewhat regularly, at true
> either/or's, what progress does thought make?
> Ken A