By Gilbert Sorrentino
Borrowing its name from a William Carlos Williams poem, A unusual Commonplace lays naked the secrets and techniques and desires of characters whose lives are intertwined by means of twist of fate and necessity, possessions and experience.
Ensnared in a jungle of urban streets and suburban bed room groups from the boozy Fifties to the culturally vacuous current, traces blur among households and neighbors, violence and love, desire and melancholy. As fathers attempt to connect to their little ones, as writers fight for credibility, as better halves stroll out, and an previous guy performs Russian roulette with a deck of playing cards, their tales resonate with poignancy and savage humor—familiar, tragic, and cathartic.
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Borrowing its identify from a William Carlos Williams poem, a wierd common lays naked the secrets and techniques and desires of characters whose lives are intertwined by way of accident and necessity, possessions and experience.
Ensnared in a jungle of urban streets and suburban bed room groups from the boozy Nineteen Fifties to the culturally vacuous current, strains blur among households and neighbors, violence and love, desire and melancholy. As fathers attempt to hook up with their teenagers, as writers fight for credibility, as other halves stroll out, and an previous guy performs Russian roulette with a deck of playing cards, their tales resonate with poignancy and savage humor—familiar, tragic, and cathartic.
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CONSCIOUSNESS Young, the universe is as yet ‘unfinished’. We find ourselves living at an epoch only a few billion years after the creation. 31 An unfinished universe still holds out possibilities, and is not necessarily to be regarded as a programme running inexorably and unchangeably through to its predetermined end. Higher levels of organisation (of consciousness, for example) may develop, with the ability to defer that end – without having to cede the field to the computer programs of the techno-scientific establishment.
What’s the Différance? The Deconstructive Ethos Derrida’s concern with the end of history is, as was argued earlier, entirely consistent with someone committed to the principles of deconstruction. We can now consider what it is about that movement of thought that makes the notion quite so fascinating. 32 This may make deconstruction sound somewhat frivolous, even marginal to cultural debate (and a legion of commentators has levelled just that accusation against it over the years); but it does have its serious side, in being concerned to make us re-examine the grounds of our own interpretive methods, which often enough will be found to rest on fairly shaky authority – if any at all.
45 It is a case of unweaving the ‘old cloth’ yet again; not in spite of, but because of communism’s collapse. There can be no sudden break of the ‘Marxism is dead’ variety: to believe otherwise is to be philosophically naive. The interminable work of interpretation, that speciality of deconstruction as Derrida repeatedly points out throughout his writings, must go on – and then on and on again. Who cares? 47 D E R R I DA AN D T H E E N D O F H I S T O R Y Well, Derrida for one clearly does. Derrida makes the point that it is possible to be late for this particular version of the end of history, because his generation has been there before (a certain weary air of ‘been there, done that’ creeps into his narrative at this stage of the proceedings, which younger generations may find a trifle irritating).