By Hob Broun
From the writer of internal Tube and Odditorium, a ebook of strikingly unique, convention-defying brief stories
Cardinal Numbers is a posthumous choice of brilliantly enigmatic brief fiction by means of Hob Broun, written by means of a respirator while the writer used to be paralyzed from the neck down. Witty and whole of minimalist shock, those tales flirt with fragment, fabulism, and university. In “Rosella, in Stages,” an previous woman’s event is movingly charted in the course of the voice of her writing in six diversified lifestyles stages—and in six pages, no much less. “Highspeed Linear major Street,” a standout story and an inventive credo of varieties, facilities on a photographer’s fixation on road lifestyles, whereas the surreal “Finding Florida” contains a Che Guevara who turns into struck with eager for a librarian and gets a few unwelcome information from a fortune teller.
Powerfully felt in addition to mordantly humorous, Cardinal Numbers is a freshly singular contribution to the yank brief tale.
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Lacan makes this proposition clear in “The Meaning of the Phallus”: This passion of the signifier then becomes a new dimension of the human condition, in that it is not only man who speaks, but in man and through man that it [ça] speaks, that his nature is woven by effects in which we can find the structure of language, whose material he becomes, and that consequently there resounds in him, beyond anything ever conceived of by the psychology of ideas, the relation of speech (1985b, p. 78). Language, sign, and code are the privileged forms of mediation, which is reduced to exchange.
56). She agrees with other writers who support Lacan’s claim that “everything in Derrida is already in his [Lacan’s] work” (1989, p. 42) with this difference: “Where ambiguities, opacities, slipperiness, and gaps in discourse are a final point for Derrida, this was the place from which Lacan began to ask questions” (1989, p. 62). Deconstruction is a certain masturbation with the text, playing with the terms at hand. Derrida demonstrates the careful, contingent manipulation of meanings and the endless deferral of sense: The movements of deconstruction do not destroy structures from the outside.
120). Given the elusiveness of a chronology for postmodernism and its masked cohort, it seems a definition of the Mystery itself is beyond human capabilities. Charles Bernstein (1987, p. 45) admits there “is no agreement on whether postmodernism is a period, a tendency within a period, an aestheticophilosophical category transcending, indeed deploring, periodization, much less exactly who or what would constitute the definition of the term…” Gaile McGregor calls it “a portmanteau concept yielding something for everyone” (1989, p.
Cardinal Numbers: Stories by Hob Broun