Thanksgiving Is Ruined
December 14, 2007
will you please blog quiet please
Would that more of us (OK, "us" = TiR) could more often display Félix Fénéon's strength of character.
As Luc Sante tells us in his tremendous introduction (his last paragraph is a tour de force) to the new Fénéon book:
"Je n'aspire qu'au silence, [I aspire only to silence]" [Fénéon] said to someone who offered to publish a collection of his work. Jarry called him "celui qui silence," meaning both that he silences the nonsense of others and that he himself practices an active form of silence.
Who knows if the above-named aspirants to silence, in their era, would have put it in exactly those terms.
But Sante states the problem quite nicely.[Someone may object:Assuming, as a threshold matter, that they would have agreed with each other on framing, then they would not have put it in any terms.