Sunday, January 11, 2009

NASCENT

I've been having a quiet day. I had a piece of chocolate cake with ice cream (yes, I know I said I was off chocolate this year, but it is my birthday, so sue me. I can be off chocolate again tomorrow) at lunch time. We'll have steak and potatoes for supper. Lloyd gave me some cash for a present, which I promptly blew on a couple of DVDs—The Storyteller starring John Hurt. I remember watching these on television and thinking that I ought to record them.

I've been trying to decide if I want to catalogue my tapes and DVDs on LibraryThing. Probably not, as I am already up to 550 books, only about ten percent of which actually belong to my sister, my husband or the kids. A couple of hundred years ago this would have amounted to an amazing treasure. Of course, they didn't have sound recordings then, either. They had to tell their own stories and make their own music—act out their own dramas, make up their own gossip. What a bunch of softies we are!

The word of the day for January 11, 2009 is "nascent" — Pronunciation: \ˈna-sənt, ˈnā-\
Function: adjective
Etymology: Latin nascent-, nascens, present participle of nasci to be born — more at
nation
Date: circa 1624
: coming or having recently come into existence [a nascent middle class] [her nascent singing career].


Our quote for the day is from Jean François Lyotard (b. 1924), French philosopher. repr. In The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge (1979, rev. 1986). “Answering the Question: What is Postmodernism?” Critique, no. 419 (Paris, April 1982):

A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state, and this state is constant.

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6 comments:

  1. HI!!! Happy belated birthday and christmas and new year and wishing you a happy valentines and easter so i am not late again!! any cake left?
    hope you had a fab day mrs t xx
    ps sorry to have been awol...life!!!

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  2. pps!!! glad i am not the only one with 100's of books!! love them!!! mrs t xx

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  3. Happy Birthday! You are certainly entitled to chocolate cake. Hope you enjoyed.

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  4. Happy Birthday dear one! I hope todays was peaceful and full of love! (Hugs)Indigo

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  5. Happy Birthday Jan. You deserve a treat on your special day. I won't forget your birthday now as it falls on my mother's birthday.
    I too enjoy books and once owned over a thousand but Bryan has slowly sent most of them to the thrift store when I am not looking.
    I hate parting with any book as I inwardly digest it until it becomes a part of me.
    I need someone like Bryan to get rid of the clutter I keep. Lol!
    Hope you had a wonderful day.
    Hugs
    Jeanie xxxx

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