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every-relationship-is-just-so-tenuous-and-precarious
if-losses-dont-hurt-your-financial-survival-is-tenuous-william-eckhardt
i-just-recently-became-aware-how-tenuous-my-life-is-i-dont-have-time-for-fear-mike-phillips
as-children-we-have-tenuous-idea-love-we-often-try-to-quantify-it-with-how-much-we-feel-seen-heard-adora-svitak
its-really-not-difficult-decision-when-you-reflect-on-it-the-situation-is-just-tenuous-with-where-its-going-to-hit-you-dont-want-to-take-any-john-henry-newman
nothing-i-read-about-grief-seemed-to-exactly-express-craziness-it-which-was-interesting-aspect-it-to-me-how-really-tenuous-our-sanity-is-joan-didion
when-you-live-for-fight-for-blood-relationships-you-form-are-tenuous-easily-broken-stephenie-meyer
world-economies-are-always-tenuous-we-are-subject-to-many-losses-in-life-but-compassionate-attitude-is-something-we-can-always-carry-with-us-dalai-lama
there-is-uncertainty-in-hope-but-even-with-its-tenuous-nature-it-summons-our-strength-pulls-us-through-fear-grief-even-death-priscille-sibley
she-was-my-friend-i-loved-her-relied-on-her-even-though-there-were-days-when-her-moodiness-fragility-frightened-me-because-they-reminded-me-my-own-tenuous-grasp-on-life-julie-met
the-vague-tenuous-hope-that-god-is-too-kind-to-punish-ungodly-has-become-deadly-opiate-for-consciences-millions-aiden-wilson-tozer
my-life-was-tenuous-last-year-my-daughters-death-in-march-in-2007-was-unexpected-it-was-shock-i-didnt-know-if-id-survive-it-phoebe-snow
endurance-is-not-frail-tenuous-thing-some-think-it-but-is-in-reality-measuring-rod-our-sanity-may-be-safely-stretched-to-fill-our-direst-need-jan-cox-speas
i-grew-up-during-cold-war-when-everything-seemed-tenuous-for-many-years-right-up-until-fall-berlin-wall-i-had-vivid-nightmares-nuclear-justin-cronin
anyone-who-for-25-years-has-built-career-on-such-tenuous-foundations-as-highpitched-giggle-raspberry-sprinkling-top-cs-needs-all-friends-he-can-harry-secombe
the-threads-circumstance-that-lead-to-tomorrow-are-tenuous-that-all-fussing-worrying-about-decisions-is-futile-compared-to-pure-randomness-nick-bantock
the-bush-administration-also-was-not-straightforward-about-intelligence-it-had-releasing-tenuous-information-that-fit-its-goal-attacking-iraq-i-feel-deceived
with-everything-perfect-reality-seemed-somehow-fragile-as-if-slightest-interruption-could-imperil-her-pretty-future-all-it-felt-as-tenuous-as-soap-bubble-shivering-empty-scott-we
sex-excretion-are-reminders-that-anyones-claim-to-roundclock-dignity-is-tenuous-the-called-rational-animal-has-desperate-drive-to-pair-up-moan-steven-pinker
i-could-never-accept-life-as-it-was-i-could-never-gobble-down-all-its-poisons-bu-there-were-parts-tenuous-magic-parts-open-for-asking-charles-bukowski
she-felt-depth-her-losses-before-they-were-realized-she-wondered-is-there-still-hope-did-she-even-dare-hold-on-to-such-tenuous-thing-as-hope-sage-steadman
i-think-when-youre-dealing-with-tenuous-scenes-difficult-heavy-subject-matter-its-important-to-be-close-intimately-with-your-cast-as-friends-be-able-to-diffuse-lot-that-tension-t
there-is-no-greater-intimacy-than-sitting-with-someone-traversing-that-tenuous-boundary-between-worlds-sitting-vigil-with-spirit-trembling-on-border-reaching-toward-new-releasing
we-lay-our-words-like-tenuous-plats-build-bridge-over-its-unsinkable-depth-not-sea-longing-but-brack-wanting-whats-physical-to-help-us-forget-we-are-physical-cate-marvin
if-shadows-were-caused-by-interplay-between-light-life-childs-was-still-forming-an-adults-was-inextricably-bound-to-his-body-but-child-had-tenuous-relationship-to-his-own-permane
the-same-thing-that-makes-friendship-valuable-is-what-makes-it-tenuous-it-is-purely-voluntary-you-enter-into-it-freely-without-imperatives-biology-agenda-desire-officially-you-ow
hope-is-such-tenuous-quality-to-feel-it-then-to-be-denied-what-one-most-longs-for-better-surely-not-to-hope-at-all-than-to-open-heart-to-hope-juliet-marillier
hope-is-such-tenuous-quality-to-feel-it-then-to-be-denied-what-one-most-longs-for-better-surely-not-to-hope-at-all-than-to-open-heart-to-hope-that-is-impossible-juliet-marillier
maybe-marriage-like-life-isnt-only-about-big-moments-whether-they-be-good-bad-maybe-its-all-small-thingslike-being-guided-slowly-forward-surely-day-after-daythat-stretches-out-to
one-always-starts-work-with-subject-no-matter-how-tenuous-it-is-one-constructs-artificial-structure-by-which-one-can-trap-reality-subjectmatter-francis-bacon
i-would-say-connection-between-art-science-is-tenuous-for-me-its-just-that-im-interested-in-both-i-dont-think-that-my-interest-in-art-affects-kind-science-that-i-do
the-more-severely-he-struggles-to-hold-on-to-primal-facetoface-relation-with-god-more-tenuous-this-becomes-until-in-end-relation-to-god-himself-threatens-to-become-relation-to-no
a-word-about-my-personal-philosophy-it-is-anchored-in-optimism-it-must-be-for-optimism-brings-with-it-hope-future-with-purpose-therefore-will-to-fight-for-better-world-without-th
It might be useful here to say a word about Beckett, as a link between the two stages, and as illustrating the shift towards schism. He wrote for transition, an apocalyptic magazine (renovation out of decadence, a Joachite indication in the title), and has often shown a flair for apocalyptic variations, the funniest of which is the frustrated millennialism of the Lynch family in Watt, and the most telling, perhaps, the conclusion of Comment c'est. He is the perverse theologian of a world which has suffered a Fall, experienced an Incarnation which changes all relations of past, present, and future, but which will not be redeemed. Time is an endless transition from one condition of misery to another, 'a passion without form or stations, ' to be ended by no parousia. It is a world crying out for forms and stations, and for apocalypse; all it gets is vain temporality, mad, multiform antithetical influx. It would be wrong to think that the negatives of Beckett are a denial of the paradigm in favour of reality in all its poverty. In Proust, whom Beckett so admires, the order, the forms of the passion, all derive from the last book; they are positive. In Beckett, the signs of order and form are more or less continuously presented, but always with a sign of cancellation; they are resources not to be believed in, cheques which will bounce. Order, the Christian paradigm, he suggests, is no longer usable except as an irony; that is why the Rooneys collapse in laughter when they read on the Wayside Pulpit that the Lord will uphold all that fall. But of course it is this order, however ironized, this continuously transmitted idea of order, that makes Beckett's point, and provides his books with the structural and linguistic features which enable us to make sense of them. In his progress he has presumed upon our familiarity with his habits of language and structure to make the relation between the occulted forms and the narrative surface more and more tenuous; in Comment c'est he mimes a virtually schismatic breakdown of this relation, and of his language. This is perfectly possible to reach a point along this line where nothing whatever is communicated, but of course Beckett has not reached it by a long way; and whatever preserves intelligibility is what prevents schism. This is, I think, a point to be remembered whenever one considers extremely novel, avant-garde writing. Schism is meaningless without reference to some prior condition; the absolutely New is simply unintelligible, even as novelty. It may, of course, be asked: unintelligible to whom? -the inference being that a minority public, perhaps very small-members of a circle in a square world-do understand the terms in which the new thing speaks. And certainly the minority public is a recognized feature of modern literature, and certainly conditions are such that there may be many small minorities instead of one large one; and certainly this is in itself schismatic. The history of European literature, from the time the imagination's Latin first made an accommodation with the lingua franca, is in part the history of the education of a public-cultivated but not necessarily learned, as Auerbach says, made up of what he calls la cour et la ville. That this public should break up into specialized schools, and their language grow scholastic, would only be surprising if one thought that the existence of excellent mechanical means of communication implied excellent communications, and we know it does not, McLuhan's 'the medium is the message' notwithstanding. But it is still true that novelty of itself implies the existence of what is not novel, a past. The smaller the circle, and the more ambitious its schemes of renovation, the less useful, on the whole, its past will be. And the shorter. I will return to these points in a moment.

Frank Kermode
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