I've been ejected from the golf course management degree (even though I never hit a golf ball). It wasn't only the constant fear of being hit by a ball, it was all the fertilizer I inhaled from the greens. I'm now studying 'Pataphysics, the science of the particular, the science of 'laws governing exceptions'. I've swapped golf holes (green holes) for Black holes.
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
End In The Middle
Part of the
originality of Raymond Roussel’s novel Impressions
of Africa (1910) lies in its structure. The book is divided into two halves.
The first half chronicles a series of bizarre spectacles – game-like
performances - described in photo-realistic detail yet with no explanation.
Only in the second half does the reader learn the stories behind these strange
performances. But far from explaining the intentions and origins behind the
strange spectacles, the explanations add more layers of fantastical
complications that upend the reader further. I suggest that anyone coming fresh
to Impressions of Africa should start the book in the middle, and read to the
end before attempting the first half of the book. Reading Roussel is a bit like playing ping-pong, alone, on a defective table: the ending crumbles away when balanced against the middle.