Saturday, 13 February 2010

The Order of Things..

... 'These ambiguities, redundancies and deficiencies remind us of those which doctor Franz Kuhn attributes to a certain Chinese encyclopaedia entitled 'Celestial Empire of benevolent Knowledge. In its remote pages it is written that the animals are divided into: (a) belonging to the emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) sucking pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with a very fine camelhair brush, (l) et cetera, (m) having just broken the water pitcher, (n) that from a long way off look like flies.'* ... In our taxonomies it is written that The HeadFucks are divided into:

(a) having just thrown pills into the river, (b) silvery, (c) without tobacco, (d) vitrious, (e) water-proof, (f) having just filled out forms, (g) indiscernible, (h) claimed as a parliamentary expenses i) while speaking to the Buddha-surrounded car-salesman j) enduring the scraping of snow off frozen logs k) nibbling rinds of parmesan l) dressed in a kaftan m) inspecting flypaper n) resembling dropsy o) having an eroded or jagged margin p) those which are bred in murky and standing waters and have a taste of mud q) dust-worms r) anointed with hare's blood and ox gall s) pertaining to funambulism t) squamous u) whilst troubling an occasional table v) atrophied w) in the strange stillness between shampoo and conditioner x) in this blog [...]

*from Jorge Luis Borges, 'The Analytical Language of John Wilkins.' 

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