By Barry Lopez
The acclaimed nationwide e-book Award winner provides us a set of spellbinding new essays that, learn jointly, shape a jigsaw-puzzle portrait of a unprecedented guy.
With the e-book of his best-selling Of Wolves and Men, and with the wonderful originality of Arctic Dreams, Barry Lopez validated himself as that infrequent author whose each booklet is an occasion, for either critics and his committed readership. Now, in About This Life, he's taking us on a literal and figurative trip around the terrain of autobiography, assembling essays of significant knowledge and perception. this is far-flung go back and forth (the great thing about distant Hokkaido Island, the over-explored Galápagos, enigmatic Bonaire); a naturalist's rivalry (Why does our society unavoidably strip political strength from individuals with intimate wisdom of the land small-scale farmers, local americans, Eskimos, cowboys?); and natural experience (a dizzying sequence of around-the-world trips with air freight every little thing from penguins to pianos). And right here, too, are seven beautiful reminiscence items hauntingly lyrical but unsentimental memories that signify Lopez's such a lot own paintings thus far, and on the way to be learn as classics of the private essay for years to come.
In writing approximately nature and folks from worldwide, by way of exploring the questions of our age, and, certainly, by means of sharing a brand new openness approximately himself, Barry Lopez provides us a booklet that's instantaneously drastically erudite but intimate: a magically written and provocative paintings through an important American author on the best of his shape.
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Thus is achieved a local neutralisation of difference through sequestration and deferral, and the problematic 'energy' of number is constricted and rendered into the safe hands of a specialised discipline at the same time as popular numerical practices are relegated to the realm of naive trivia. Land argues that place-value formalises this dissociation of different scales that is constitutive of stratification, creating redundancy, and using zero as its marker. Place-value zero corresponds to a stratification: a negative feedback understood as the pleasure principle, or principle of maintained identity, which registers and relays traumatic force through the indexes of interiority and threats to the maintenance of identity.
25 EDITORS ' INTRODUCTION The elaboration of a schizonumerics cannot proceed without what is certainly the factor that allows Land's thought to undergo a decisive shift: the intensification of his understanding of capitalism allowed by the fic tional engagement with the most extreme possibilities of techno-capital . It is through fictions, or what will come to be called 'hyperstitions', that Land proceeds to deterritorialize and de-institutionalise 'philosophy', turning it into a mode of concept-production which dis solves academic theory's institutional segregation from cultural practice and subverts the distinction between cognitive representation and fictional speculation.
By using arithmetic to code meta-mathematical state ments and hypothesising an arithmetical relation between the statements - an essentially qabbalistic procedure G6del also indicates the 'reciprocity between the logicisa tion of number and the numerical decoding of language ' , highlighting a possible revolutionary role for other non mathematical numerical practices. As well as reappraising numerology in the light of such 'lexicographic' insights, the mapping of stratographic space opens up new avenues of investigation - limned in texts such as 'Introduction to Qwernomics' - into the effective, empirical effects of culture - chapters of a 'universal history of contingency ' radicalising Nietzsche's insight that 'our writing equip ment contributes its part to our thinking' .
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