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High school, it seems, has changed. It has become competitive. Young men and women — 13 to 18 years old — must work more or less tirelessly to ensure their spot at a college deemed worthy to them and their families. So rather than living their adolescent lives — lives brimming with desires and vitality, with vim, vigor, and brewing lust — these kids are working at old age homes, cramming for tests, popping Adderall just to make the literal and proverbial grade. And for what? So they can go to a school that puts them in debt for the rest of their lives. School has become a great vehicle of capitalism: it quashes the revolution implicit in adolescence while simultaneously fomenting perpetual indebtedness.
Who the fuck cares where you went to school or where you work? The question is: Is your everyday experience good, healthy, beautiful? Because I have to tell you, while it might be cool to work for a company like Google, Apple, or The New Yorker, if your job is stupid, stressful and your boss is an asshole, there is nothing good or prestigious about that. While it might seem right to go to a school like Berkeley, if classes are overcrowded and students are nervous, anxious, religious zealots from Orange County, are you sure you want to go there? What’s good about that? To believe in prestige is to privilege abstract, collective impression over palpable, daily experience. To which I say: fuck prestige. Do what serves your everyday vitality.
—  Daniel Coffeen
Who the fuck cares where you went to school or where you work? The question is: Is everyday experience good, healthy, beautiful? Because I have to tell you, while it might be cool to work for a company like Google, Apple, or The New Yorker, if your job is stupid, stressful and your boss is an asshole, there is nothing good or prestigious about that. While it might seem right to go to a school like Berkeley, if classes are overcrowded and students are nervous, anxious, religious zealots from Orange County, are you sure you want to go there? What’s good about that? To believe in prestige is to privilege abstract, collective impression over palpable, daily experience. To which I say: fuck prestige. Do what serves your everyday vitality.
—  Daniel Coffeen
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Who the fuck cares where you went to school or where you work? The question is: Is your everyday experience good, healthy, beautiful? Because I have to tell you, while it might be cool to work for a company like Google, Apple, or The New Yorker, if your job is stupid, stressful and your boss is an asshole, there is nothing good or prestigious about that. While it might seem right to go to a school like Berkeley, if classes are overcrowded and students are nervous, anxious, religious zealots from Orange County, are you sure you want to go there? What’s good about that? To believe in prestige is to privilege abstract, collective impression over palpable, daily experience. To which I say: fuck prestige. Do what serves your everyday vitality.
—  Daniel Coffeen

I have to admit or maybe confess my infidelity. But, to coin the phrase and perhaps get it stuck in your easily manipulated thoughts. I am, “torn between two lovers,” Wyoming and the Salt Life! I guess at the moment I’m with each one! that one is my true love!!
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Who the fuck cares where you went to school or where you work? The question is: Is your everyday experience good, healthy, beautiful? Because I have to tell you, while it might be cool to work for a company like Google, Apple, or The New Yorker, if your job is stupid, stressful and your boss is an asshole, there is nothing good or prestigious about that. While it might seem right to go to a school like Berkeley, if classes are overcrowded and students are nervous, anxious, religious zealots from Orange County, are you sure you want to go there? What’s good about that? To believe in prestige is to privilege abstract, collective impression over palpable, daily experience. To which I say: fuck prestige. Do what serves your everyday vitality.
—  Daniel Coffeen
Who the fuck cares where you went to school or where you work? The question is: Is your everyday experience good, healthy, beautiful? Because I have to tell you, while it might be cool to work for a company like Google, Apple, or The New Yorker, if your job is stupid, stressful and your boss is an asshole, there is nothing good or prestigious about that. While it might seem right to go to a school like Berkeley, if classes are overcrowded and students are nervous, anxious, religious zealots from Orange County, are you sure you want to go there? What’s good about that? To believe in prestige is to privilege abstract, collective impression over palpable, daily experience. To which I say: fuck prestige. Do what serves your everyday vitality.
—  Daniel Coffeen
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The Art of Rhetoric

I don’t know what to do with these notes so here you go:

Highlights are the last one and some in the middle about Truth and Lies.

I re-listened to these podcasts and took notes on them (some might not have to do with the class)

Rhetoric 10 Notes
-Go somewhere else completely
-Question the question, go the way of Bugs Bunny
-Jam the circuit of positive/negative
-Everything is an argument
-rhetoricians can be mad unpopular
-there is no truth (truth is a mode of argument, an insidious mode of argument)
-questions assumptions (how to study language while using language, making a hammer with a hammer)

Questions the Term of Discourse<<
What does ____ mean?
-Rhetoric is an approach
-Arguments are present on evidence
-Evidence is to be interpreted
-it’s raw material (senses)
-truth is irrelevant
-thank you for smoking
Formal logic - logic of non contradictory (you cannot be your own opposite)
Logic - the way something makes sense (modern)
Nothing is certain, that’s opportunity
-Contradiction is not interesting, it doesn’t get us anywhere (you’re wrong)
-repetition
-violence
Do as the master, write as Nietzsche, imitate
-seduction to the ungrounded where everything is okay
-poetical dictionary
-Atheadrus
Exercise in style
-Be specific; amplifying main points and deamping lesser points
We are rhetors
Day Two
-make particular arguments
-the moment, this text
-no generalizations
-read what interests me

Contemporary Rhetoric
Why do we all have to agree?
I am rhetoric, rhetoric lines our lives
-seeks the great complexity, the great difference
The human race are the great bullshitters of the world<<
-We’re amoral >> without morality
Immoral - subscribes to morality
-agreement comes at a price
-The art of living
-what is mind? As if mind actually exists
-bring on the strange
THE QUESTION IS EVERYTHING
-how you frame the problem
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Joy, wit, elegant, read for the style
-Everything exists here
-rhetoric can explicate and multiply
-all there is is evidence
-we are axiom-less
-everything is an embodied experienced
-do the right thing
-be safe, use good judgement
-local, ever changing, circumstantial
- I am part of the situation
-desires and needs are one and the same thing<<“superhuman”
-the law is circumstantial
-dispose of self
I am a network, I am a collage, I am spoken just as I speak, I’m both dictated to and dictate, I am a productive cog
-there is no such thing as subjectivity
-rhetoric happens everywhere, ALWAYS
-Fred aster vs gene Kelly
-every moment is opportunity
-rhetoric is the fact, the very existence of our conditions
-people are different, we don’t have to condemn and generalize
-all there is is what’s pretty and presentable
-the particular and what’s true are one and the same thing
-art comes first - the science of imaginary solutions
-we don’t have an end point; have a good time, come home safe
-whatever happens happens
-stuff happens, I try to make the best of it, I die (do I really?)
-seek out the complexities and voices
-irony >> you mean it, you don’t mean it, and you said it
-believed in play and life
-lead by example, persuade by example
-modes of appeal >> morality,
-we are all possessed by each other (the way you talk, think, sound, sounds like someone else)
-we don’t know things, we don’t care to know things
-disrupt simple structures
-love the difference
-create arguments that are multivalent
-8 emotions at once
-be able to speak in multiple registers
-how can I multiple all the voices of the text
-what does the text do?
-make a shape out of multiplicity (eastern aesthetics)
-poise - at once ready in the world and myself
-be an athlete
-be flexible
-kairos - the decisive moment
-image of the surfer
-find the spot in the wave that is most powerful, ride with the wave
-move with text
-rhetoric is a practice
-we are constantly negotiating
- we are actors on stage, figure out what the person is doing and play along with it

Rhetoric 3
-interested in the effects
-rhetoric operates in the space of effects of thing - what do you do? What do wear? What do you think?
-the good is circumstantial
What is an example?
-Something specific to illustrate a higher point; hierarchical
-all particulars add up
Things do not “add-up”
Pure Examplarity
-Something that is an example of itself

The rhetorician asks: HOW IS EVERYTHING DIFFERENT?
Everything doesn’t have to add up
Everything depends on the situation -> aim for the win/win

How do you know when to draw your gun?
Always take MY time
The time proper to me<<< pull in my time

To say what something is, is outside of time
Rhetoric is a temporal art, we exist and work in time
Say the right thing
Purposely SEEK out difference

Rhetoric 4
Rhetoric focuses on approach
-how someone approaches an argument?
-What counts as an argument?
-How do you make an argument?
-How do you make an argument for ambivalence?
-ethos
-Posture
-Techniques
-Tactics
-how does text perform?

Interrogate arguments
Don’t make broad generalizations
-Appeal to this life, into the palpable, the physical, sex, food, desire
-poets give pleasure
-create an argument that never seeks the truth but operates outside, a component, not something we strive for
-paradox - against the logic, operating outside of logic
-arguments don’t have ground, they just have a way of going, a foundation is another argument, there’s no axioms
ETHOS - posture of the text; character; how the text speaks (with authority/without authority) how do you speak? Why should I listen to you?
PATHOS - emotion
LOGOS - logic; the argument itself; form of ethos and pathos
All ONE

I can interpret anything that comes my way
Nothing happens by accident

Logic matters - only this; sometimes that; never; sometimes
Move away from culture, history, and authorship

Play -> dogs playing doesn’t know if he’s going to be chaser or chased

Ambivalence - 2
Multivalence - more than 2
Different ways to speak multiply
Surfing -> go with what’s there, accept and reorient

Outside of community, sameness, morals
Difference->how does this go?
Outlaw -> assumes it has laws to begin with
I’m making stuff as I go

Things are complicated -> speak multiply
Will to proliferation, not unification

Person who argues well knows about everything
Is able to act and do the right thing at the right time
Know how to speak correctly on every topic
-learn the basic modes of argument
To talk about something and to know something is one and the same
Rhetoric - if I need to, I’ll figure it out
No separation of knowledge from the expression of knowledge
Jackie Chan -> exploit the situation, using resources in the favor of life
If you become in tune enough with how things go, you’ll be ready for anything that goes
-Take it as it comes->kairos
-Go with the world to learn<<
To know how to talk about something IS to be doing it

RHETORIC 5
Some how slow-motion captures the “real”
The video camera has somehow replaced reality and truth
-what do they consider true?
How do they get to the truth?
-Observe and assess
Performative -> “I bet you” saying it does make it true

Compare what is said with what is being done.

Belief and what is done<<

How does this text perform?
Be generous; be accepting; assume the best of the text; allow each text (person) to be; like the text; say why it’s the best text, why it’s great
Truth is secondary
What matters is action
“I claim” performative, perform what you say

RHETORIC 6
World becomes interesting in performative
“I am reading” “I am not here”
“I was here” “I will be here”
Speech act
Language is an act of rearranging
It has an ethics and logic of how it connects
EVERY WORD IS A SPEECH ACT
Rearranging bodies; using truth, w/e
Make reading an entertaining experience for the reader

RHETORIC 7
Analysis of the effects
Language displaces and multiplies
“Language is a virus that sorts or occupies us and we have to break that occupation” Burroughs/word virus
»Nicholson Baker how to change your mind
“You are an effect of your life”

RHETORIC 8
When you write something, it’s both you and not you.
Why we procrastinate<<
Our minds change behind our backs
Action and events, belief and action, changes our mind
Indirect, (identification, arguments change our mind
Avoid “wes” and “Yous”
Only what it is by its use
Will towards multiplicity
“If” circumstantial

RHETORIC 9
Spend time with good company(books, people)
Mix and combine ideas >> the writer is a DJ
Enmesh yourself and make art
What matter are the effects<<
Who interest does his serve? What’s at stake?
Authorship is 100+ years old
-make the page do something
-writing is a thinking
TEXT PERFORMS, NOT MEANS

RHETORIC 10
Intention is irrelevant, what you did is all that matters
No authority of meaning
Exploit and magnify multiplicity
Texts are supposed to be encountered
-don’t mention what the author/writer meant
-language happens on the page
Roland Barthes Death of the Author
-We’re all Frankensteins
Language is turtles all the way down
Tropes>>figure of speech
Metaphor
Hyperbole

RHETORIC 11
Character & will
Meaning can never happen (deconstruction)
Words have meaning and affect ONE AND THE SAME THING
Exercise in Style
Papers should be interesting and creative

RHETORIC 12
Exercises in style
-What argument does this text make?
Exceed use in what language can do?
There is no neutrality<<
How do I want to move the reader?
There is no real, it’s always a deviation from something
Infinite>> something’s always incomplete, there’ll be variation after variation
There is nothing but perspectives
All I am is my expressions, there is no me but what I do
Text is always in the middle >> there is no end
Natural is an insidious argument
I am under the law of grammar/trope/language
To submit to them and use them is to become a master
There’s nothing but versions
On Truth and Lies

RHETORIC 13
Every banal moment is an opportunity for play>>
All there is is deviation/spin
Everything, including the real, is stylized
Beyond real is the proliferation of laws
Lawyers negotiate
Infinite has a limit<<>>perspective
To work within laws<
Limit and freedom are not opposed<<<

On truth and lies
There’s no ref. No center. Claims in extra-moral sense. Truth and lies are an interpretation.
What happens? What are the effects? What happens now?
Mythological society? Using science
Nothing is given in rhetoric. Knowing is invented<<
Myth is knowledge.
Decentered the universe>>Multicentered
Grass>>each has its own root>>but all connected
Rhizome = Internet
Internet is Multicentered  (more interesting)
The particular word matters.
Using language to critique it
Speaks in multiple voices
Think of particular moments of a text

RHETORIC 14
On T & L
The effects of arguing for truth
A will to myth precedes truth
Genealogy of morals<<the history is not a given
Truth has a history
Homeopathy
The value of existence<<<
Science & priest are the same thing because they both think they know<<
What is the will to know?
Affirm life>>nihilism is a will to nothing, knowledge
Intellect is just a tool, it’s what keeps us alive
We are sneaky to stay alive, nonmoral sense we’re artist, a moral sense is a lie
Make all life a dream>>only says stuff negatively in a moral perspective
We’re not interested in truth because we like dreaming
“If we’re so interested in truth we should stop our dreaming”
Intellect is a defense mechanism
Out of boredom and necessity we connect with the herd
Venom against pride over truth
Truth is a law of language that allows you to say things and not say things
Western > allopathic, you have a symptom get rid of it
Eastern > homeopathy, symptoms are the body doing its job
“Normal and Pathological”
Traditional Chinese medicine
-the exchange with the patient is part of the diagnosis
Liar>makes the unreal real
They don’t want the harmful effects of liars
What matters is the effects
What are the effects? What is performed?
Laws are only there to try and control the chaos
An amount of forgetfulness
Use the thing to define it
Topology
Words make an argument of what something is
“If you call something something else than what everyone else does, you’re wrong”
Knowledge becomes a vehicle of power(hierarchy and laws)
Words have a different relationship to life
We have to forget that words are subjectively in the moment
Gender is performative
Be more poetic and more argumentative
When language is limited, thought is limited
FIND THE RIFF OF THE TEXT<<

RHETORIC 15
An artist creates relationships
Songs have become the new language in the remix universe
Make combinations << The Creator
Truth is premised on forgetting
Words are concepts that make things that are unequal seem equal
If 5 leaves were the same there’d be one leaf.
Generalities erase all circumstance and specificity
Radical specificity<<<
Dada and surrealism
Artist, destitute and abused, insane
Words of a lunatic don’t matter
Where do generalities exist? Invisible, abstraction, conception
Who ever doesn’t call it a leaf is a nutbag, or an artist
Every word is a metaphor
Economy is like language
We use words in an uneven exchange with the real object
Are we all ‘people’?
What’s is argument? How does he perform his argument?
We don’t have to be hierarchal<< hierarchal is a human invention
“I want to hack that code”
Science is a law<<
Arguing against dogmatism
Truth and Lies don’t matter
Wants to get rid of certainty
Truth are illusions and metaphors
Metaphors comparison to bring together to different things
Tropes - irony-
Truth is a mobile army of metaphor
Language and truth are the same thing, truth comes from language
Where does the drive from truth come from?
Truth>> everyone using the same metaphors
To use language and to tell the truth is to lie
To find truth, we must be remember<<
The argument is between the poet and the priest/scientist
Tether life to experience than abstractions
Sensuous being in a sensuous world
What life do you lead?
Do you believe life is wrong, scary, dirty? Scientist, not so much now, priest
Take the new and make it familiar<<< Apple
Structure knowledge is a place of death
Knowledge is astrological
Man is an architect<<non-morally
Knowledge, a structure floating on a river
Render the truth aesthetically
View life from the aesthetic perspective
“Man is to be admired by what they create, not what they believe is true”
“Hang it on my wall” truth is an art piece

RHETORIC 16
My posture<< what am I doing here
Never make a claim about the world<<< I don’t know about the world
I am a reader of the text<< I am the author of my reader
Particular reading of a particular text
Assemblage of text
Make a claim about the text in the first sentence
Use example from society to explicate a text and a point
STICK TO THE TEXT
I am a reader for a text
Stick to the text<<<
Friends and family pick up book and say what’s interesting about it. One way it could be. Be surprising. What spin am I going to put on it.
Write to a specific audience
Teach other readers about the text
Talk about what’s not obvious
Emphasize and de-emphasize certain parts of text
Paper has to be thorough
Picture the specific audience and write to them and imagine them
Become a tour-guide to readers
Don’t want to summarize and list anything
Paragraph of summary OK
-Also (not connected)
-In addition
-Furthermore
-More over
So what?<< answer this
Rhetoric is the art of relationship encounters>> forge encounters between me, text, readers
+Therefore
+However
[Indeed]
[Consequently]
+But (refinement, when the reader might be led astray)
+That is to say (refinement, when the reader might be led astray)
Do not judge text positively and negatively>>Objectively
Text does what it does
Text has a strategy
Use the writer as name for text
Assume the text is right, it might seem like it does but doesn’t contradict yourself
Make beautiful things out of text
Be generous of the text
Generosity is success
Whenever I make a claim, quote<<<
Page of the text not the reader
Literary presence, ALWAYS WRITE IN THE PRESENT TENSE
Be specific
He says a particular thing at a particular time
Make a performative title, inflect the readers experience in the title
Be provocative in the first sentence
Have the reader agree with me but with something strange
“Roland is not the author of death of the author” that is to say
Do not waste time>> make every word count>get in, get out
DO NOT OUTLINE (hierarchy)
Argument in five sentences
(How you move from one thing to the next)
Claim>claim>claim> how do I get from point to point? Claim to claim
Make a guided experience>moving through a space
Don’t read for a day, imagine as audience
Read it out loud
When you know what you want to say it shows
Do as the master does, IMITATE
Fold the text into some configuration, origami

RHETORIC 17
We’re projecting onto objects, with metaphors, with words
We are artists first, then science
Everything is a story
why is Latin knowledge?
Science never has a person where it comes from, it’s vague
Language never gets the object identically
Every word is an interpretation
Desk is an action, it’s performative, a word is only as it performs
Words will never capture the truth
Words only fail when you try to create truth and falsehood
A Poet cannot fail
Knowledge is a graveyard of perceptions
What does it do for me?
The Structure of Science discourse illusion dilluision
Progress is just change
Scientists maintains it structure
The wealth of worlds of networks<<book
Thinks everything succeeds>>
He’s a myth maker, all anything is myth making
I don’t know what’s going to come
The basics is wonder// molecular school
Constantly reorganizing the world
Anything is possible, but not everything

RHETORIC 18
Never separates document from experience/art
Adventure>> you don’t know what’s going to happen
Come to the world as not knowing and hope for something weird
What does my argument do?
Everything is an argument on how things go

RHETORIC 21
The symptoms are the disease
Everything matters
Jam things together, and we realize we expectations
Exposé the logic in the first sentence
Saying multiple things at once
McKuen
What counts as literacy?
How to read in the electronic age
Breaking the line and reorienting

RHETORIC 22
The way we interact with things shapes us more than content
TV is projected onto us
We are shaped more by the media, content is secondary
How does the argument stand?
Alphabet is linear
Why do we have to learn it that way?
Keeps us in line, organized, in a certain time and place
How we relate to each other
Pun jams things together, do not take immediate environment for granted
Will to specialization is the will to the alphabet
It controls your thinking
Medium for media, rhetoric is the argument of arguments
Discover new affects
Do not take anything for granted
Do not be overly serious and ambitious
Technology extends and shapes our human faculties
Technology forms and shapes us
We must learn the new technology, and not apply the old form of technology
All media redistribute our senses, selves, and environment
Book fragments us
To be serious, don’t be serious
We are programmers of our media
We are curators
Internet is similar to the village>>telling stories
Internet is a read-write network
TV is a read only network
We should be learning to write hyper-textually
Facebook is an instant feedback loop
Mash things up
Art is knowledge, knowledge is art
Jam things together to make the invisible visible
Fixed point of view and psychology cannot interpret new technology
Use multiple models of exploration
Expert is someone who “knows”
Amateur doesn’t, (let’s see what happens)  embraces chance

RHETORIC 23
“I bring to you the world you created”
Visual becomes a sound
Riddle is visual and aural
Text makes the silence of the page speak
Medium of the Message>> makes me capable of reading electronic text
When I take the performative, language falls back on itself
Circumstantial propriety
Can’t quantify truth?
Find the sense of the word (connotation)
Show someone another way to a word
Rhetoric is radical democratization of knowledge
We and words are temporal
If I find myself saying no to anything, I’m doing something wrong - Rhetoricians are yes sayers and take the situation to another level
Be perspectival
When you proliferate something you are not making chaos but particular ordered structures
The word occupies and splays us out
Words reshape ourselves, like transformers
Words distribute us in different ways perspectively
We try on a word like a shirt, a song, whatever
We’re hosts of words

RHETORIC 24
The standard itself is in motion; a living standard
Go with the world and redirect
Rhetoric is the medium of multiple voices
It’s itself and changes all the time, it’s itself and not itself
I am my changing and style of changing
I am the way I go
A system that tries to be multiple; democracy
Concept Calligraphy
Concept, meaning, and the massage<<rhetoric all-in-one
The invisible has a shape ( negative space [art])
The chasm by Moreau pontie
Information has a style; all facts are an argument
Comportment; gate; posture; how I hang in the world
Inside and outside are all the same package
Can’t separate concept and style
Serious is a kind of lie; and to understand the world is through play
Rhetoric>>Position of all positions that effaces all positions; Multiple, Multiple, Multiple
Know if it’s in your power, fix, if it’s not, don’t
Kairos<<happy moment
There’s no certainty; there’s no proof
Glee is fantastic
Do I agree? Do I have another argument in how this can go?
Meaning is circumstantial

RHETORIC 25
-enjoy first, and to know
-thorough consumption and metabolizing, is knowledge
-Be Thorough
-account to the text in its richness
-Be thorough than certain
-do not ignore

Phaedrus
-will to character, fiction
-who speaks when there is a character?
-dialogue -two words and logic between two people
-2 logics; always going to
Never take Socrates at his word
-He’s a character
-everything he does happens in-between
-rhetoric happens anywhere and everywhere
-uses rhetoric to critique rhetoric
-exhaust every sentence of the text
-plays the role of the sophist
-a text performs everything it does; every moment matters
-what is the status in language? What we say and how we say it? What’s the relationship between visibility of language and invisible language? The affects.
What are the relationships between the divine and mortal world?
Rhetoric & sex/truth & love
-is he serious?
-irony is both is and isn’t
-irony is a religious figure
-irony is not nihilistic, sarcastic
-text are bastards; it doesn’t have a parent; the spoken word has an authorship? Spoken is akin to the written word
-we witness the seduction of non-love
-what is good talk? Elegance? Truth? Elegant truth
-speeches and sex are inseparable
-flirtatious
-ironic-bring the soul to the surface, not so happy about living in this world
-“they have a lot of free time to figure that out”
-kind of enjoys being led astray
-never privileges body and soul over soul and body
-

Rhetoric happens in the between, I come to the world and the world comes to me, the encounter between the world
-rarely speak for myself<<

American History X
Edward Norton and his charisma
How to use it
It’s role in society and the force of one person can move entire bodies

RHETORIC 26
-Every moment is an argument
-specific
-Writing undies individuality
-why should someone submit to a lover or non-lover?
-there’s something irrational about love
-what makes argument different? Certain parts are played up certain are played down, but the premise is the same
-What is the use of language?
-What’s at stake here?
-do you really think I’m joking? Do I seem serious?
-play is the only way to live seriously
-can I tell you something truly?
-the student is the reader
-live ironically
-in discourse>>what should we say? What’s the right thing to say? Where does this 'ought’ come from?
-he doesn’t remember written texts
-his lack of memory, is a symptom of written text because it’s written down, so he doesn’t need to remember
-look at the how and you’ll get the argument
-“I’m just a mediator”
-the written word is also the spoken word >> deconstruction
-violence is still a form of persuasion, not a lasting one
-be in the world and of the world to be a rhetorician
-Critiques the professional rhetorician
-you are what you do
-only argue with people you respect
-we are three things
-to be inspired
Is to be passive and allow things to fill you, with spirit and air
-“you can only be inspired by the spoken word”
“I think with my nose”
-play the dummy, play the empty picture, as if someone else is speaking through me
-ill always be a multiplicity
-to know yourself is to engage in multiplicity
-a rhetorician can argue both sides
-traces the voices
-indirectly what you want to say>>irony
-euphemistically speaks about stuff

RHETORIC 27
-baseball, the pitcher is the the modern day rhetorician
-batter gets out 70% of the time
-being a fan is not interesting, it’s like being a moralist, religious
-when you change the word you change the reality
-Nietzsche claims Socrates is the start of nihilism
-the art of rhetoric-speech making, meaning, body, words
-revenge-being tethered to the thing you hate
-why soil myself with the petty?
-the individual is a composite, we are all already bastards
-composited of two things already
-Kierkegaard, belief is faith, an irrational decision
-we are both mortal and divine
-different but equally strange
-how do we deal with this?
-argues unreasonably about unreasonably
-will to mythos
-for Socrates, language fails at the divine, yet we still live with language
-we are able to speak ironically, to speak the truth
-pokes holes into people who think they know the truth
-badgers people out of their opinions
-through living is how you learn things
-show how things are different to show what is at stake
-makes himself the receiver of good things
-loves poets?
-knowledge invention
-what does it mean to argue? What’s at stake?
-I already know truth, I just forget it
-to be reborn, goes forward, relearn, and transform
-what truth does this text believe in?
-irony is create for dealing with other people while keeping your ego
-a composite that never unifies
-every text has a different truth, every person has a different truth, what is at stake? How do I lead my life?
-read performatively<<<

RHETORIC 28
-he takes leave of the scene because someone else is speaking through him
-never set in his ways, always arguing against himself
-the best way to please the gods is to ignore them, and keep on talking - discourse of mortal and divine
-Nietzsche immeshes himself in life
-live the ironic life
-how do I speak?
-thinking we know is insane
-Phaedreus is there so we don’t follow it
-rhetoricians do it all, morals, non morals, immorals
-in some way, Socrates writes, because he forgets his memory?
-text is constantly performing irony
-read once twice, irony
-impossible but actual because it is lived through
-irony always moves and takes motion
-what was said? How was it said? Why was it said?
-both god and man and not god and man
-truth is a mobile Nietzsche
-irony is Socrates
-his covert illusion is his covert illusion;
-depends on occasion; never take something serious

RHETORIC 29
-do the right thing, at the right time
-has to experienced
-how to tell good writing from bad writing
-words said in the right time, in the right way, can create growth
-lover projects himself onto his lover; Socrates projects himself on the reader-lead the life of irony
-used Phaedreus as a foil for the reader
-relationship between Plato and Socrates is ironic; doesn’t like anything written down
-there’s nothing you can’t read that you can’t spin
-Bugs is the great actor; you don’t route for any one character
-Find a good hook; a textual moment and ride the wave
-what do we count as knowledge?
-How do I live my life?
-myth making is fluid; like life

Nietzsche - mobile metaphor armies; you don’t need truth; create, create

-irony is a resistant to power; a way to maintain dignity

RHETORIC 30<<<
Burroughs is speaking particular
-impossible to know his work without being on his own terms
-saying what it’s not is unproductive
-affirmative rhetoric
-let’s make knowledge and proliferate
-rhetoric of joy
-there is no such thing as a neutral word
-it’s the making of this world; it comes before the word
-Johnson minds his own business, but doesn’t let you drown
-if the books not to your liking, don’t read it
-he deploys gestures; with images; fragments of life an scenes
-creates image with words
-anything that’s quantitative exhausts itself
-capitalism>> will end
-fiction is a form of argument; a mythic; scrambles categories; already writing in the myth
-the world is made up of gestures
-pure positivity
-science fiction>science fact
-doesn’t allow the distinction between truth and lies, operates beyond it
-Gives us a scene
-anyone who thinks they know what’s right, is vampiric?
-passes relentless judgement
-we make judgment in the world we inhabit
-everything’s relative; things are really quantitive
-life is premised in getting stuff or giving stuff?
- “western white man is a mutation gone awry”
-sees humans as organisms among organisms, describing them
-essay on ethics
-multiple voices; he’s just a transcriber, a DJ
-any quantitive factor devalues in time
-6 figures to bust even; you need to do more to get the same stuff; more and more to by less and less
-rhetoric is about quality; we can asses in uncertainty, without criteria, with you know it when you see it, is it interesting? Does it flow?
-everything is knowledge
-I know the truth>> is weakness
-concept and cling to ego is a sickness
-things posses us; ride the voices; the body is a vessel for the spirit, chi, with multiple voices going through our body"
[meditation is the exercise of listening to the internal monologue of voices]
-I’m not for or against you but I might want to go with you or not

RHETORIC 31
-aestheticism to capitalism?
-turn everything I took for granted and make it new
-stuff amongst stuff, we are aliens, defamilarize,
-constantly speaking in impossible voices
-every claim to knowledge is an argument but is a life lived
- assess the life,
-whats at stake is the life I lead: am I open to the free play, do I seek health, to multiple life, exuberance and proliferation?
Am I weak angry resentful, petty and stupid?
-inhabiting an idea
-Conceptual persona- the life led and the things claimed cannot be separated; we cannot separate the two without getting a distorted, one way view
-be possessed by voices and write them down to be a keen writer
-stories are a product of the book, of the spoken word,
Are all books books? Are all movies movies?
-An image can say many things at once
-Burroughs is exploding the word; proliferating its meaning
-Being for or against something is uninteresting; we feel multiple ways about multiple things
-let’s explore the concept<<
-“I don’t know what’s going to happen. I’m curious”
-the true scientist is unknowing but not ignorant, he watches life
-create something that will proliferate and create>> SJ
-immortality is adaptability; if I can adapt without a body, I can live forever
- if there’s no me, what is immortality (why is immortality)
-it’s question of health or sick, add or take away?
-immortality is prolonged future; ever changing; ALWAYS BE CHANGING=mortality
-mutate
-mutation is not the matter of logical choices
-to be born after I die
-to understand what is written, I can no longer be myself, I must change; if I were to understand I would be dead and reborn
-annihilation of my self and rebirth
-make step into the unknown
-change ourselves into a new creature
-dreams are necessary to life and primary
-combine art and science, to multiply and proliferate
-become an alien and relearn everything; everything is an argument
-stuff amongst stuff; there’s categorically no difference only in the performative
-open yourself up to flow, and flux of the universe and you’re multiplied
-there’s no neutral claim to knowledge
-science is the free intellect
-empiricism looking at the world as it happens
-replication with difference>>evolution (mutation)
-were I to be able to understand Burroughs essay, and Nietzsche, I’d have to be the future, as someone else to myself. As a post-human
-a human mutant must take a step into the unknown
-become a new creature capable of knowing new kinds of things
-dreams are a pathway to immortality
-art and dreams are the path to life
-continuance to life and not it’s negation
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-Ryan

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Tampa Motor Lodge - Tampa, Florida

Tampa Motor Lodge at 1020 So. Dale Mabry, Tampa 9, Florida.
52 luxurious rooms. Air-conditioned, Telephones. Free TV. Heated Pool. Howard Johnson Restaurant adjacent. 3 Miles from Airport, minutes from downtown Tampa. Year Around Commercial Rates. 

Mailed from Tampa, Florida to Miss Georgann Coffeen in Cleveland, Ohio on December 8, 1962:
Hi Just though I’d make you jealous what with all the bad weather I hear you’re having in Cleveland. Sorry I haven’t written. Received your card, Happy to hear about the China. Still haven’t left Kansas, Reg