After my complete failure to do what I said I would do the last time out, which was to be brief, I decided that the only way I could be brief on my subject was to say nothing at all. I decided that August was a very good month to say it. So I did.
I was brief this month on Twitter @conwaypaulw, because there one has no choice. I was brief in my weekly pictoverbicons, reproduced there and at http://www.voyageurstorytelling.ca, because there I have constrained that space deliberately.
I will begin regular communications again in September, but they will be less frequent, and I will reverse the order of publication. I used to send out weekly e-mails to my list and then post them here. From now on I will post them here and on my other blogs first, then notify the list that they are ready to be viewed.
I believe, and have always believed, in the public airing of drafts. This is a draft of the first posting that I intend for the second week in September.
I am hoping to make larger and more creative use of pictoverbicons in the future, less of conventional prose. I am not sure how that is going to work. I will begin by meditating on the words “mosaic” (also “Mosaic”), and “tissage”.
I remain committed to the idea that complex circumstances demand complex thinking, and that one possible approach may be to cultivate Fourfold Visions as recommended by William Blake. I believe that a certain kind of literary mind knows how to do that, and should therefore be cultivated.
The short list of my Top Fourfold Prophets, on the masculine side, stands at Tolstoy, Keynes, Berlin, and Whitman, although the list of candidates is long and the competition stiff. On the female side the list is proving slower to evolve. George Eliot seems certain to make it, although perhaps her kind of fourfoldedness has too much masculine character. Perhaps there is a feminine fourfoldedness that I simply am not yet able to imagine. It may be presumptuous of me even to try, although I am certain that the people who have had the most profound influence on me personally are all women, also numbering four. Perhaps I should start with them.