5th Sentence Meme


Briefly, as I get ready to head for the train, here’s the Fifth Sentence Meme (nearby book, page 123, fifth sentence).

“For authors have a way of being absent, even dead, and their intended meaning can no longer be directly intuited or double-checked through question and answer, as in the face-to-face situation of speech.”

(The Postmodern Bible, various editors, from the chapter “Poststructuralist Criticism”)

Tagged by Paul Jessup (congratulations, sir, on your recent success and infamy).

And, the sixth sentence, as it is a nice kicker: “Writing defaces speech.”

More later about the Portland reading and the rolling day-long conversation with barthanderson about writing as we strolled from bookstore to bookstore.