[-empyre-] my exchange with Alan when I apologized for making him feel attacked

Christina Spiesel christina.spiesel at yale.edu
Wed Nov 26 15:15:36 EST 2014

I am sitting here writing while dripping and coughing and being very 
viral (analog not virtual). So this will be brief but here's some good 

I am glad, Alan, for your exchanges and so much for your music.


On 11/25/2014 11:00 PM, Alan Sondheim wrote:
> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
> I've had excellent exchanges with Ana and Sonje back-channel; I think, 
> at least for me, that dwelling has entangled and difficult boundaries, 
> that discussion tends to blur into dream and the nightmare of burning 
> cars and everything here, all over again, on the telly. Then it 
> transforms into a repetitive compulsion, I wake up in the middle of 
> the day or night for yet another narrative, always the same; it's as 
> if the planet itself were suffering from post-traumatic stress 
> syndrome, tunnel memories playing back, repeating the same 
> performance. I want to ask again if anyone has reference to a 
> humanistic or healing nihilism, can one begin within degree zero 
> expectation or projection, so to speak, and find some comfort in 
> thought or movement, as if in flight elsewhere -
> On Wed, 26 Nov 2014, Ana Vald?s wrote:
>> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
>> I wanted to take my share of the people arguing with Alan and maybe
>> contributing, unintentionelly, to his feeling of unease.
>> "I listened to your laments and I felt a deep sympathy for you trying
>> to heal us, to heal the world. Maybe that's what I feel we maybe
>> forget trying to make a diagnose and applicate a remedy. We have been
>> through. we discussed the terrible ways the Mesopotamian kings killed
>> each other, or Dario blinding thousands of prisoners and letting only
>> one of each hundred to keep an eye to be able to lead the others back
>> to their country.
>> Maybe the destine of Humanity is this, to die in the most horrible
>> ways and the only relief we get are small pockets of happiness, when
>> we compose, as you do, when we sing, when we write, when we laugh with
>> our dear ones.
>> I don't think of you as a nihilist, for me a nihilist is a cynical and
>> resigned observer and you are definitely not a observer but one
>> letting it's sould being engaged in the honest search for answers."
>> This was my comment to him. I think that's the key, to find small
>> pockets of happiness, to don't try to heal the world but to embrace
>> the pain and the losses and the loneliness and the absurdity...
>> Ana
>> -- 
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>> "When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth
>> with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you
>> will always long to return.
>> ? Leonardo da Vinci
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