A web of lies and holes in the Real.
And everything she wrote to him, she says, was truly, I quote her, a web of lies. Stitch by stitch, I created a character, what I wanted to be in his eyes, which I in no way was. I’m afraid it was a purely fictional enterprise, which I pursued most doggedly, enveloping myself she says, in a kind of cocoon. She adds, very gently – You know, he had a tough time getting over it. — Sem. X, Chp. XV
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by Cathy Lebowitz
Originally published in lacanian ink 38.
[…] Smithson maps the mind onto the earth by setting words in poetic relation: glacial reveries, mental rivers, cliffs of thought undermined by brain waves. Like the earth, the mind is in a constant state of erosion. In his essay “A Sedimentation of the Mind,” his comparisons and conflations repeatedly draw attention to a surface invaded by crevices. It becomes an ideology. “Words and rocks contain a language that follows a syntax of splits and ruptures.” Like Lacan’s unconscious, Smithson’s words and rocks are structured like a language[…]
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