I’ve been in Sydney to give another paper (on Rabelais and improv) but have been surprised at the apparent silence of the Discussion Forum.
Have I missed something?
The Yale conference was a marvel to me. Being among all those polymaths, people like Jung who believe everything is of interest and fair game to weave into their web of understanding, has made me feel like the ugly duckling who has learned he may after all be a swan. Well, maybe a black swan since there aren’t many books like mine. But, as others may have sometimes felt, being interested in everything opens you to the charge of “dilettante.” Which I guess is why I once came up with the joke that “my definition of a dilettante is ‘a polymath that doesn’t add up to much.’” Improvisation too is polymathic, interested in everything, a literary ugly duckling become a swan. That’s what I’m talking about in my paper on the Red Book, improvisation, the literary form that wants to gobble up the whole world: carpe vitam. I attach my paper here for those interested in a literary or rhetorical approach to Jung, an approach much influenced by Susan Rowland’s.
Afraid it is a large file because I folded my powerpoint into it. I hope you find it worth the bandwidth.
85 years ago today, Louis Armstrong did this:
I would like to call attention to the book blurb of Stanley Lombardo, translator of The Iliad and The Odyssey:
“The magnificent chapter on Hermes and Odysseus is alone worth the price of the entire volume.” I draw on that chapter here.
A Taste for Chaos: The Art of Literary Improvisation by Randy Fertel