Sunday Book-Thought 130

Fortunately or unfortunately, it is impossible to get rid of authors entirely because the signs that constitute language are arbitrarily chosen and have no significance apart from their use. The dictionary meanings of words are only potentially meaningful until they are actually employed in a context defined by the relation between author and audience. So how did it happen that professors of literature came to renounce authors and their intentions in favor of a way of thinking — or at least a way of talking — that is without historical precedent, has scant philosophical support, and is to most ordinary readers not only counterintuitive but practically incomprehensible?
– John Farrell, ‘Why Literature Professors Turned Against Authors – Or Did They?’, Los Angeles Review of Books (13 January 2019) <https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/why-literature-professors-turned-against-authors-or-did-they> [accessed 5 November 2019].

Sunday Book-Thought 111

We cannot stop noticing: no sequence too absurd, trivial, meaningless, insulting, we helplessly register, provide sense, squeeze meaning, and read intention out of the most atomized of words.
Kenneth Goldsmith, Uncreative Writing (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011), p. 221.