“Words ruin one’s thoughts, paper makes them ridiculous, and even while one is still glad to get something ruined and something ridiculous down on paper, one’s memory manages to lose hold of even this ruined and ridiculous something. Paper can turn an enormity into a triviality, an absurdity. If you look at it this way, then whatever appears in the world, by way of the spiritual world so to speak, is always a ruined thing, a ridiculous thing, which means that everything in this world is ridiculous and ruined. Words were made to demean thought, I would even go so far as to state that words exist in order to abolish thought, and one day they will succeed one hundred percent in so doing. In any case, words bring everything down.”—
* Fig. 14. After the asphaltic oil has been spread the surface is covered with coarse sand which is spread with brushes. (cropped from border, scan orientation retained) illustrating T(homas) R(adford) Agg (1878-1947). Investigations of Gravel for Road Surfacing. Bulletin 45, Engineering Experiment Station; Good Roads Section; Ames, Iowa (December 10, 1916) University of California copy, digitized April 25, 2013
Thoughts are fluid, they are swayed by fantasy, passion, fatigue. But work has to be carried out persistently, for many hours a day, every day. Therefore motives are required which are proof against the instability of thoughts, that is to say, against relation. — Simone Weil (1909-43). First and Last Notebooks / New York Notebook. (Translated by Richard Rees, 1970) : 160
something about an index — indexical terms being the thread(s) that connect otherwise unrelated universes/domains. and a sliver of a discussion about different arrangements of poetry in a book, and their consequence for meaning. and some random marks/paint.