|Andrew Ford, Damon Young and the Joker (check the t-shirt)|
Our conversation, 'A is for Aphorism', was missing its chair: poor David McCooey had the 'flu. But we threw ourselves into the chat, covering a wide variety of topics.
After playing the aphoristic poem 'Sleep' -- two radically different compositions from Andy and David -- we spoke about the way in which music transforms the text: the intensification and narrowing of meaning. We discussed the rhythm of language, and the ways in which miniatures -- from Proust's bonsai to haiku to aphorisms -- can evoke immensities of memory and mood. We also had a great chat, with some help from Heidegger (on my part), about mood: the ways in which the world comes forth from within a mood -- or not at all.
|At the book-signing table|
(Also check out the prolific aphoristic play of poet and translator George Szirtes.)
One interesting point was the bravery of the aphorism: its vulnerability to reinterpretation, but also its power to shock or surprise. We also talked about the difference between slogans and aphorisms: the first reactionary, the second progressive.
All in all, a helluva lot packed into a short hour. Very aphoristic, actually.