The Light Switch

This excerpt is from Timothy Morton’s new book All Art is Ecological Penguin press

I highly recommend buying this book, it is a brilliant read for artists.

Things in themselves are ungrasapable,totally, and completely-irreducibily as they say. Things can’t be accessed fully by anything including themselves. You can flick a light switch, lick it, ignore it, think about it, melt it, fire its protons around a particle accelarator, write a poem about it, meditate upon it until you become Buddha. None of these will exhaust the reality of the switch. The switch could become sentient and develop the power of speech and go on a chat show. What is says on the show would not be the switch-it would be switch autobiography.

Mysterious comes from the greek word Muein, which means to close the lips. Things are unspeakable.

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