Just a little background: noise & biography…

Everyone chases after happiness, not noticing that happiness is right at their heels.

Bertolt Brecht

iuI read that and instinctly think cats. That’s biography.

I am fascinated by the heroic age of Antarctic expedition, history, education, great sex, openness, cats, cameras; the space race; sentence-structure, lexis, discourse conventions and phatic communication; cinema; the sounds of cricket and its numbers; golf swings, sortes, piropo, productivity, logical fallacies; fagottists— which leads to the double-o phoneme and coda-less syllables; falderals, nonsense; nanism— my fear of developing it and albino-clowns who already have. Ironing, long-sleeves, compound swearing, yellow pads, yoof-speak and linguistic representations— meh. Books, tea, science, feets, unnecessary plurals and corrugated-cardboard to name but a few.

It’s a pointless list because there isn’t much I’m not interested in. I like the feeling of insignificance in knowing how little I know; and how each little thing helps me know what I already know a little better.

And I still don’t know what this makes me, but it kind of works like this:

Perhaps it just makes me English since ‘England is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity … hobbies and humors.’1 Quite whether the world thinks we are small or great, but such is the context of opinion. Goethe wrote that, ‘people of uncommon abilities generally fall into eccentricities when their sphere of life is not adequate to their abilities.’ Well spheres be damned as, ‘No one can be profoundly original who does not avoid eccentricity.’2 But to what end is thought’d: ‘eccentricity in small things [is] crazy’3 and though it ‘destroys reason, [it does] not [the] wit?’4

All I’m really trying to do here is to show a little of what it’s like to be autistic— from the ground up I’ve taken my traits and applied them to certain functions within the texts: from word orders and word types, semantic variances, repetitions and rhetorical devices— even archaic syntax to the very deliberate structure I use to present things. It’s not always easy to read and it’s not meant to be, It’s supposed to be a little overwhelming at times and take the reader in circles— but it’s a desirable difficulty designed to stimulate a little over-processing, in the same way real life does to me. It’s the only way I know how to present what it’s like to me: to demonstrate it, not write about it— especially when there are a million people out there able to just describe it so much better.

I was going to just post the blueprint, but thought the meta-language would just make it pointless— like the list…

I’m not just a linguist or educator or golfer or cricket fanatic or autistic or anything for that matter—

I’m just curious…

And I guess lists should be conspiculous by its absense, but it’s really not…

1 George Santayana
2 André Maurois
3 Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton
4 Nathaniel Emmons

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10 thoughts on “Just a little background: noise & biography…

  1. ksbeth

    i love your curiosity, i have been curious my whole life and love to learn. love to learn things both great and small and seemingly insignificant, yet they exist or have been thought of or were created for a reason.

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    1. Just a Little Background Noise Post author

      Thank you very much! I think curiosity is important – healthwise, particularly in later years – I’m not convinced that puzzles keep you sprightly, and this is something I’ve thought about for quite a while…
      Anyway 😀

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  2. 메간 Megan

    I visited your blog and saw the art museum picture. I know exactly where it is! I live in that same town. Have you been there? Great museum. I’ve been there many times for classes and for fun 🙂

    Reply
      1. JALBN 2.0 Ishmael Received Post author

        Hehehe – I was in my gear for this picture. I have pictures of me at one of the elementary schools there I was invited to give a talk to. It was in ’06 -’07 – I was working out of the Lt Governor’s office on the Bloomington Mayoral election as a consultant – Indianapolis was great – I was partial to one of the pubs there – they brewed their own beer on the premises. I was invited to speak at IU but I was flying down to Texas so couldn’t fit it in at the time. 😀

        I was wearing my ‘Honorary Indian’ T-Shirt yesterday, something I had made for me by some friends – great people – how wonderful 😀

      1. 메간 Megan

        Bloomington has some great breweries too 🙂 Did you try Upland? Which one did you go to in Indianapolis that you liked so much? So cool that you’ve been here 🙂 It’s a great city and I love living here.

      2. DB James Post author

        I can’t remember the name – I’ll have to check, I’d recognise it if I saw it again… Time to go to the hospital – so have a great Christmas 😀

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