Sunday, October 19, 2008

"Leaks"

First semester studies at Purdue left me inundated by names of philosophers and ideas strange and unfamiliar to me. I helped myself remember with note cards filled with definitions and and photosheets printed with pictures that helped me to visualize the men and women I read. This image of Deleuze came to mind again for me when Vonnegut's Kilgore Trout (Breakfast of Champions) spoke of "leaks."

Trout did another thing which some people might have considered eccentric: he called mirrors leaks. It amused him to pretend that mirrors were holes between two universes.

If he saw a child near a mirror, he might wag his finger at a child warningly, and say with great solemnity, "Don't get too near that leak. You wouldn't want to wind up in the other universe, would you?"

... a fitting (re)consideration of Deleuze.




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