Attention and Immersion

Just thought I’d draw your attention to Ben Abraham‘s new video, which I plan to talk about in a bit more detail in the future.



Just found this website — — that puts “all” your tweets on one page. My page stopped on Christmas Eve 2011. I saw this thing I wrote about Edouard Levé’s Suicide that I thought was worth re-posting.

  • Suicide by Edouard Levé is not as depressing as you might expect Dec 24, 2011
  • The blurb calls his style “pointillist”. Essentially this means that the paragraphs don’t necessarily progress through time linearly. Dec 24, 2011
  • “A ruin is an accidental aesthetic object. If it becomes beautiful, this was certainly not intentional. Dec 24, 2011
  • “The tendency of a ruin is to crumble down into a heap. The most beautiful parts remain standing despite their wear and tear. Dec 24, 2011
  • “The memory of you is what stays up, your body what subsides. Dec 24, 2011
  • “Your ghost remains upright in my memory, while your skeleton is decomposing in the earth.” Dec 24, 2011
  • That was a paragraph from Suicide. Dec 24, 2011
  • Pointillism seems well-suited to a kind of narcissistic classicism; a classicism of ruins and death, of old Greek statues without the paint Dec 24, 2011
  • The paint only visible as molecules. Instead, smooth white marble. Eyes without pupils. Death. Dec 24, 2011
  • Pointillism renders this classicism satirically. Atomised, narcissistic, and stuck. Dec 24, 2011
  • Question: What makes up your idiosyncrasies? Pointillism answers: Repetitions of coloured dots. The same dots that make up everything else Dec 24, 2011
  • The paragraph-moments – the dots – in Suicide are unique, but any life could be made up of them Dec 24, 2011
  • “A dictionary resembles the world more than a novel does, […] Dec 24, 2011
  • “because the world is not a coherent sequence of actions but a constellation of things perceived.” Dec 24, 2011