ebooks 2012

Silenzio

Nella filosofia e nella letteratura contemporanea c’è un’esaltazione del silenzio. Il segreto, il mistero, l’insondabile profondità di un mondo senza parole che ammalia. Chiacchiera, indiscrezione, presunzione – la parola rompe simile incanto. Si dimentica volentieri che, luogo naturale della pace e dell’“armonia delle sfere”, il silenzio è anche l’acqua stagnante, l’acqua cheta in cui imputridiscono odi, progetti insidiosi, rassegnazione e viltà. Si dimentica il silenzio ingrato e grave; quello che proviene dagli “spazi infiniti”, che secondo Pascal atterrisce. Si dimentica l’inumanità di un mondo silenzioso.

E. Lévinas, [Parole et Silence et autres conférences inédites au Collège philosophique, 2009, postumo], Parole e silenzio e altre conferenze inedite al Collège Philosophique, Milano, Bompiani/RCS Libri ebook, 2012

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Calvin and Eric, Dylan and Hobbes - Part 1 (of 3)
by Douglas Ord,  Lear’s Shadow


The three parts of “Calvin and Eric,  Dylan and Hobbes”  date from the summer of 1999, just after Columbine, and were part of the first

Lear’s Shadow

upload to the internet in May, 2000.  This means they also date from

before the release

of Eric Harris’s and Dylan Klebold’s journals, along with many other documents, on July 6, 2006.

This 2006 release, along with multiple other factors, made for extensive re-assessment, and when these texts were taken offline in 2008 it was partly to facilitate the return to print syntax required for sustained rethinking.  This further development is available in

The strangeness of Columbine, an interpretation

, which was published via ebook in January 2012, and which contains no duplication of this or other earlier material.

“Calvin and Eric, Dylan and Hobbes” is being restored as first published in part because it provides an early record of stunned recognition of … something. There are flaws: among them too tight focus on Eric Harris to the exclusion of much else.  But it is also restored because foolishness has circulated that it articulates a belief that

Calvin and Hobbes caused Columbine.  This at least sets the record straight.

As for the collage:  it dates to December, 2000.

It was produced, amid the density of early internet exchange about Columbine, so other people could see, in immediate terms, the similarities that had propelled the texts already on Lear’s Shadow.

These were uncanny.

Eric Harris as a human Calvin (as the name had been re-applied, with utmost genius, by Bill Watterson). And Dylan Klebold as a human Hobbes (as this name, too, had been re-applied, ditto, by Watterson).This human Calvin and this human Hobbes, however, were at the ages of just-eighteen and seventeen, mass murderers.

All four of the above images were in circulation, in media ether, in 1999.Columbine, a terrible magnet, drew them together, into collage.

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Non solo non sono stato capace di diventare cattivo, non sono stato capace di diventare niente: né cattivo, né buono, né disonesto, né onesto, né un eroe, né un insetto. Adesso vivacchio, oramai, nel mio angolino, dicendo che sono cattivo, eccitandomi con una malvagia, inutile idea consolatoria, che un uomo intelligente non può seriamente diventar niente, e che diventan qualcuno soltanto i coglioni.
—  (Fëdor Dostoevskij, Memorie dal sottosuolo, 1864; trad. Paolo Nori, Voland, ebook, 2012)
Gloria e merito

La gloria o il merito di certuni è scrivere bene; e di certi altri non scrivere affatto.

J. de La Bruyère, [Les Caractères ou les Mœurs de ce siècle, 1688], I caratteri. O i costumi di questo secolo, Milano, RCS Libri S.p.A., 2012, ebook, [trad. A. Marchetti]