The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive


SOME THINGS THAT MIGHT CAUSE CONSTERNATION


THINGS CANNY:

mechanical linkages, reach of the body, phenomenology of liquid,
phenomenology of solids, particle phenomena, physical labor, future
(things coming forward)

INFERENCE

astronomy, cosmology, extractive industries, bubbles, extraction-past
(reconstruction of past things)


THINGS UNCANNY:

elsewhere from the body, phenomenology of gas, phenomenology of plasma,
wave phenomena, past (presence of non-presence)

INTERNAL, ABJECT, INVISIBLE

hallucinations, dreams, farts, coughs, sneezing, heat, cold, pain,
sickness, hypnagogic imagery, trance phenomena, orgasm, "emotions,"
"sensations," "thought," voice, voices, spells, speaking in tongues,
music, song

INFERENCE, INTERNAL

pain of others, heat and cold of others, epidemics, pornographies,
voices

VISIBLE

fire, lightning, melting, evaporating, St. Elmo's fire, static
electricity, magnets, compass, clouds, fog, rain

INVISIBLE

trance phenomena, orgasm, "emotions," "sensations," "thought," voice,
voices, spells, speaking in tongues, music, song

INFERENCE, VISIBLE

source of streams, rivers; source of rain; source of (evidence of)
wind (INFERENCE, INVISIBLE)

INTERNAL, VISIBLE

sperm, menses, shit, piss, tears, phlegm, sweat, spit

INFERENCE, AUDIBLE, INVISIBLE

echoes, thunder, bolides


THINGS IN INTERNAL-ONTOLOGICAL MAGIC:

transformations: ontological (man into beast), epistemological
(appearance of fangs)

substitutions: always already transformed (candelabras with arms)

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