Posted by: HAT | June 13, 2009

Language as Medium of Communication

To the Unknown Voice, Kandinsky

To the Unknown Voice, Kandinsky -- another relevant example

Finally understood understood [one reason] why these people are so difficult to read.

Because when in the course of thinking something occurs to you, seemingly clearly, and then you try to convey it, or even a sense of it, in language — what else have you got to work with? — and lo, there are no words with which to construct a proposition, assertion, description, that would not amount to saying something other than what you mean to convey, and it might even happen, depending on the occurrence and the words in the lexicon and the way you have every reason to believe readers will understand them, something really false.

When a situation like this occurs, what do you do? Just keep quiet? (“If you don’t have anything intelligible and accessible to say, don’t say anything at all!”) What if you imagine that what you have to say someone else somewhere needs to hear? Or, if not needs exactly, then would thrill to hear and lift up their head and sing and come alive? What if it feels like your life depends on conveying this meaning you now are custodian of, since you received it, something like the way someone might receive an infant left on a doorstep? Or, if not your life, then your life as a particular kind of person, which you’ve chosen to try to live?

Then, I think, you write like Adorno or Irigaray or Judith Butler. Because you really have no other choosable choice.

“Necessity is the mother of invention.”


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