The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

April 10, 2007


although guidebooks list turkey vultures summering across Pennsylvania,
this is the first I've seen in the Valley. it's a probable harbinger of
climate change; the local rabbits, skunks, and possums have disappeared
this year. (the possums came only three years ago.) lawns seem in trouble,
perhaps under attack from fungi or nematodes. last year we saw 11 blue
herons - this year, none. the Canadian goose population seems decimated.
there was a killdeer on the Susquehanna banks. last year, several hawk
species - this year, none; this might be nothing more than chance
observations, but there seems to be an underlying pattern. I photographed
the vulture in flight around the local Valley airport. pardon the shaky
camera; it was the best I could do in the wind. 3 to 4 were seen, somewhat
together; vultures are social creatures. something was tasty near the
airport runway.

I'd be interested in hearing stories about climate change in your, in
anyone's, neck of the woods. what species have increased? what species
have disappeared? global transformations lead to local, as well as global,
symptoms. animal and plant populations are on the move, some heading
towards destruction, some able to survive migration. overall, the
prognosis is one of disaster, and I wonder what really happened to the

I enter the phrase: Enduring the realm of inherent contradiction.

Endurance: here, to subsist within for an indefinite period of time. The
realm is that of broken, convoluted, fragmented information. Contradiction
references multiple strands tending towards differing and temporary truth-
tables.Inherent, because this becomes the condition of existence; outside
the realm of language, what is, is, but within the same, mappings are
fast-forward, imminent, and decomposable.

Fragment generates fragment; the goal of the fragment is the fragment;
there is no goal. What happens in the real is the incandescent slaughter-
house; ecologies and bodies burn. The fragment is the life-raft.

The iron-clad fragment protects itself as ideology within the inerrancy of
a text. The text itself is of little matter; what matters is its command-
structure. An inerrant text is absolutist; it brooks no contradiction; it
is nothing but words.

One word follows another; within the fragment, they are deeply untethered.
The inerrant text constructs the digital world; the digital world decon-
structs, destroys, the inerrant text. The construction of the digital
world: from parts and parcels of the analogic, the inert real. The frag-
ments otherwise; the fragment returns to the analogic - is fragment pre-
cisely because of the analogic; in relation to the analogic; within the
analogic. The fragment is the passing symptom; the symptom is the passing
trope; the trope stands in for the raster, the horizon of the digital.

What one says and does is irrevocable.

The fragment is endured; the fragmented is nostalgia for a lost and mythic

The fragment leaves the fragment, leaves language and name behind. The
fragment is the dream of the proper name.

"To fragment something" carries the torn world on its shoulders. Contra-
diction seeps from the torn. The hole dreams of the whole; the hole dreams
of the whole dreaming of the hole.

This has nothing, has everything, to do with the slaughterhouse. The
slaughterhouse is the last of the shifters - meat and dwelling of the
shifters. Contradiction: seepage from the slaughterhouse. Slaughterhouse:
the irrevocable torn.

*/ Who carries my voice when I speak? To where and when is it carried? And
from where? And from when?

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