Jack Kerouac
Naval Reserve Enlistment, 1943

Edmund Husserl

Thus all sciences which relate to this natural world, though they stand never so firm to me, though they fill me with wondering admiration, though I am far from any thought of objecting to them in the least degree, I disconnect them all, I make absolutely no use of their standards, I do not appropriate a single one of the propositions that enter into their systems, even though their evidential value is perfect, I take none of them, no one of them serves me for a foundation.

Susan Sontag
Against Interpretation

Even more. It is the revenge of the intellect upon the world. To interpret is to impoverish, to deplete the world — in order to set up a shadow world of ‘meanings.’ It is to turn the world into this world. (’This world’! As if there were any other.)


Eugenia Falleni
alias Harry Crawford, 

We recognize ourselves in our character because we imitate ourselves, and because our personality is thus the habit of our own name. It is because we unify ourselves around our name and dignity. Besides, the copy we constantly remake must also be improved upon or else the useless model is tarnished, and the soul, which is essentially an aesthetic determination, dissolves.

Gaston Bachelard
Intuition of the Instant
In other words: instead of naively carrying out the acts proper to the nature — constituting consciousness with transcendent theses and allowing ourselves to be led by motives that operate therein… we set all these theses ‘out of action,’ we take no part in them; we direct the glance of apprehension and theoretical inquiry to pure consciousness in its own absolute Being.

Edmund Husserl

Vera Crichton, 1924

Walter Smith, 1924

The world does not speak. Only we do. The world can, once we have programmed ourselves with a language, cause us to hold beliefs. But it cannot propose a language for us to speak. Only other human beings can do that.

Richard Rorty

Cargo Collective 2017 — Frogtown, Los Angeles