Posted by: HAT | March 15, 2010

Bow in the Sky

rainbow, doubled, with dark space

Air, water, prism, color, shadow, image

Sometimes the culture industry manages to emit a spark of honesty.

I don’t dispute Adorno! Even in a spark like that, an observer can discern internal contradictions; the “bad check” problem — “art’s semblance is the promise of non-semblance,” but art always has “insufficient funds” to guarantee that promise; the part that’s just ideology, or, maybe worse, how the honesty could become ideological in an instant, or already has . . .

Yeah. But anyone who will put up with the church is obviously willing to put up with a lot for the sake of promises like that, a spark here, a spark there, eventually it could add up to real light.

My partner bought a sound file yesterday, having heard it on the Life on Mars dvd while exercising in the basement. (Insight into the way we live.) HAD to get me to listen to it. I’m SURE I heard it once before, over the credits of some movie I saw with our daughter some time, God alone knows when, and had to sit in the theatre and listen to all the way through . . . but that one couldn’t be one of the ones listed on the IMdB, and my memory could conceivably have been from Finding Forrester (in spite of my doubts), so I may never know what it was for sure, as if it really matters.

Anyway, Somewhere Over the Rainbow/It’s a Wonderful World by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole makes me weep, and think of Negative Dialectics:

“The unquenchable color springs out of what isn’t [yet]. Thought — a piece of Dasein that, negative as always, reaches out to what isn’t — serves it. Only the uttermost distance would be nearness; philosophy is the prism that imprisons that color.” (ND, 66, my traitorous translation.)

Sparks of honesty, flashes of fire, “deep waters cannot quench love, neither can rivers drown it.” (Song of Songs 8:7)

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