One hopes that, in future books, he will prove to be somewhat less condescending toward his audience and less contemptuous of other critics, and that he will make an effort to rein in his tendency toward editorial explanation, divagation
, and apparent pastiche, Students and common readers might more profitably return to the sources that Conley so prolifically quotes, i.
Some of the divagation
in the head-citations is clearly, not misprint but has origins in other material.
Part commonplace book, part memoir, part philosophical diary, part love poem, his "Nicotiana," it employs a dazzling array of aliases, heteronyms, cryptic noms de fume to record his random jottings, knotty divagations
, glimmering apercues & fleeting twilight reflections on "the art of smoking.
Finished in the last year of Schwerner's life, Divagations
constitutes one-fifth of the final book.
Dettore apologizes for the lack of the sense of "repose" and "peace" that guides written fifty years before this one (at the turn of the century, that is) gave to their readers; but it is obvious that this lack is felt by Dettore him/herself, torn between "vecchie norme in declino" and the doubt-ridden divagations
of the present "periodo inquieto.
But though it reads from time to time like a semi-scientific treatise, Annotations is remarkably lyrical as well, and manages to capture the divagations
of a life in ways that a more conventional narration could not.
What is exasperating about the accidental mind is that one never knows when or how it will go wrong; it is impossible to foresee its divagations
and to guard against them, precisely because such a mind lives in the accidental mist and the accidental as such has no point.
Its meanderings are, however, consistent with the vacillations seen in several poems in the Thomson series and congruent too with the divagations
taken by the series as such.
But over the sometimes harrowing course of her journey, Hugonnier realized that chancy divagations
during the making of an artwork could become its content--a notion that has informed much of her work since, including the remarkable "Three Continents Trilogy," a recently completed trio of Super-16-mm films--Ariana, 2003, The Last Tour, 2004, and Travelling Amazonia, 2006--shown together for the first time in June 2006 at London's National Film Theatre.
When he writes about self-loathing Israeli intellectuals, the David Irving libel trial (1) as viewed through the prism of The New Yorker magazine, or the wild divagations
of the Palestinian advocate, Edward Said, Alexander does so, not as a dilettante but as a committed and knowledgeable Jew who has digested the Passover Haggadah's advice with regard to the wicked son--hak'heh et shinav--which this reviewer chooses to translate freely as "go for the jugular.
Anyone who has followed the divagations
of contemporary, literary criticism or museological practice will know what Peguy means.
Never have Roth's grandiloquent divagations
been put to better service than in this narration of history and histories: that of the U.