Monday, August 13, 2007

Five (Probably Unjust) Distillates of the Thought of Roland Barthes

"To try to write love is to confront the muck of language: that region of hysteria where language is both too much and too little, excessive and impoverished."

"A photograph is always invisible, it is not it that we see."

"Language is a skin: I rub my language against the other. It is as if I had words instead of fingers, or fingers at the tip of my words. My language trembles with desire."

"Literature is the question minus the answer."

"What I claim is to live to the full the contradiction of my time, which may well make sarcasm the condition of truth."

--Roland Barthes

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