Rough Theory

Theory In The Rough

Holiday Hiatus

Taking a brief holiday break from blogging – mainly to try to consolidate some of what I’ve been thinking and writing in various contexts recently, into a less gestural and perhaps more useful form…

I couldn’t resist reproducing the recently uncovered Tennessee Williams’ poem – not as a reflection, I should stress, of my mood in any general sense, but as something that resonated a bit with my desire to withdraw – briefly – from public discussion, until I can gather a few fragmentary thoughts into a more meaningful form…

I am tired.
I am tired of speech and of action.
If you should meet me upon the
street do not question me for
I can tell you only my name
and the name of the town I was
born in-but that is enough.
It does not matter whether tomorrow
arrives anymore. If there is
only this night and after it is
morning it will not matter now.
I am tired. I am tired of speech
and of action. In the heart of me
you will find a tiny handful of
dust. Take it and blow it out
upon the wind. Let the wind have
it and it will find its way home.

Thanks to everyone who has challenged me to think more creatively and rigorously this year – it’s been an exciting and draining and incredibly productive time.

See folks again in the new year…

4 responses to “Holiday Hiatus

  1. Scott Eric Kaufman December 25, 2006 at 1:32 pm

    Praise Him-I-Don’t-Believe-In! I’ve been too busy to keep up with your thrice daily updates. If it weren’t for the MLA, I’d be able to do it now…but slowing down little’ll still help me. 🙂

  2. N Pepperell December 26, 2006 at 2:38 am

    Yes, the rough theory for the term might have been something like: generate a sufficiently large quantity of words, and perhaps some genuine meaning might sneak in amidst the noise… ;-P I’ll use the break to try to figure out what that meaningful bit might have been…

    I appreciate the thought that you might have wanted to keep up with the outrush of posts… 🙂 All the best – enjoy the holidays (and birthday?) and the conference, and thanks for many wonderful exchanges over the past year.

  3. Lilly Evans December 26, 2006 at 2:20 pm


    I have just arrived at your website for the first time today and very much like what I have seen so far.

    may your break be productive and full of great times with family and friends! And as the New Year comes and develops may your work and ideas gell into a fantastic PhD.

    Good luck

  4. N Pepperell December 26, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    Thanks for the kind words 🙂

    To dispel possible confusion, I should perhaps mention that Nick is a commentor who hails from a blog called the accursed share – we have somewhat similar interests, but I wouldn’t want Nick to be blamed for my speculative flights of fancy here… ;-P

    I hope my break is productive too! I would value your feedback on anything you see, as incisive commentary can really help…

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