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Nota

2003

Author Martin Corless-Smith

Soft Cover, 6 x 8”, 88 pages

ISBN: 978-0-9713189-7-7

Nota is part travelogue and part philosophical examination.

Nota is part travelogue and part philosophical examination.

Price $12.00

Nota is part travelogue and part philosophical examination. Corless-Smith here makes a compendium: layers of reference, of history, of text over text over text. Invented and real figures, such as that of Thomas Swan, a seventeenth-century poet and conscientious observer, watch over the Self in crisis, the self in epiphanies of clarity, pleasure, disgust, self-disgust, and inquiry; a Self whose inclusive scope admits to a history beyond the moment of simple consumption. The setting is an England in its Golden Age, a homesick construction to be consumed, with pleasure, in the discomfiting knowledge of its artificiality.

Reviews

A search for the self here undertakes the discovery of itself in our own time, when political, social, and religious gridirons no longer hold on to us. We are disjunctives: My story is as everyone’s though for that seldom heard. Among the many quotations within the conversations of this book, I think the courage of it is especially indebted to the meditations of Sir Thomas Browne and Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy, placed so to speak, alongside Wittgenstein’s linguistic edge. Urne Buriall: “But the iniquity of oblivion blindely scattereth her poppy.

- Robin Blaser