David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

01 May 2009

On being : single, double, triple and trouble

bLOGOS/HA HA loves the wisdom of the The Goons.

A favourite insight, often recalled, is their description of Caesar as projection-space with troubled interior :

Greenslade: Caesar, Caesar.
Oh, it's Stomachus Grossus!
Caesar, there is an angry rabble outside, we have their leader captive.
Is he bound?
Of his health I know not, sir.
Bring him hither, sir...
Bloodnok: Ohh! Take your hands off me! You want to catch something? Ahh! So you're Julius Caesar, ehh?

Moriaritus: Caesar is all things to all men.
Bloodnok: Oh, it must be hell in there!

from "The Histories of Pliny the Elder"
by Spike Milligan and Larry Stephens
sourced from here

The transformation was complete,
the others had taken over :
we the self possessed