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Wednesday, October 12th, 2005
1:33 am
[bigblackmimesis]
Follow the bouncing Ball
I ZIMBRA



GADJI BERI BIMBA CLANDRIDI
LAULI LONNI CADORI GADJAM
A BIM BERI GLASSALA GLANDRIDE
E GLASSALA TUFFM I ZIMBRA


BIM BLASSA GALASSASA ZIMBRABIM
BLASSA GALLASSASA ZIMBRABIM


A BIM BERI GLASSALA GLANDRID
E GLASSALA TUFFM I ZIMBRA


GADJI BERI BIMBA CLANDRIDI
LAULI LONNI CADORI GADJAM
A BIM BERI GLASSALA GLANDRID
E GLASSALA TUFFM I ZIMBRA

Current Mood: quixotic
Wednesday, December 17th, 2003
7:33 pm
[alagbon]
Xöta akilaranö histakia...
U sarilit axaxaxil taln i ötana Tlönaxas, te orak lang i taln kasili. Oröl, na akilaranö filino er xötanu alaxisre. Helarana xilötia u hanita!

Current Mood: ösilan
Thursday, December 4th, 2003
9:59 pm
[wmblair]
to get y'all started
here is a found poem in the language of the southern hemisphere of tlon, found on the packaging of duane reade triple cotton puffs:

white-absorbent-soft

Current Mood: reify
Monday, October 20th, 2003
4:58 pm
[wmblair]
from "Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius"
"The nations of that planet [Tlon] are, congenitally idealistic. Their language and those things derived from their language - religion, literature, metaphysics - presuppose idealism. For the people of Tlon, the world is not an amalgam of objects in space; it is a heterogeneous series of independent acts - the world is successive, temporal, but not spatial. There are no nouns in the conjectural Urspache of Tlon, from which its "present-day" languages and dialects derive: there are impersonal verbs modified by monosyllabic suffixes (or prefixes) functioning as adverbs. For example there is no noun that corresponds to our word "moon," but there is a verb which in English would be "to moonate" or "to enmoon." "The moon rose over the river" is "Hlor u fang axaxaxas mlo," or, as Xul Solar succinctly translates: Upward, behind the onstreaming it mooned.

"That principle applies to the languages of the southern hemisphere. In the northern hemisphere (about whose Urspache Volume Eleven contains very little information), the primary unit is not the verb but the monosyllabic adjective. Nouns are formed by stringing together adjectives. One does not say "moon"; one says "aerial-bright above dark-round" or "soft-amberish-celestial" or any other string. In this case, the complex of adjectives corresponds to a real object, but that is purely fortuitous. The literature of the northern hemisphere (as in Meinong's subsisting world) is filled with ideal objects called forth and dissolved in an instant as the poetry requires. Sometimes mere simultaneity creates them. There are other things composed of two terms, one visual and the other auditory: the color of the rising sun and the distant caw of a bird. There are things composed of many: the sun and water against the swimmer's breast, the vague shimmering pink one sees when one's eyes are closed, the sensation of being swept along by a river and also by Morpheus. These objects of the second degree may be combined with others; the process, using certain abbreviations, is virtually infinite. There are famous poems composed of a single enormous word; this word is a "poetic object" created by the poet. The fact that no one believes in the reality expressed by these nouns means, paradoxicaclly, that there is no limit to their number. The languages of Tlon's northern hemisphere possess all the nouns of the Indo-European languages - and many, many more.

...

"Within the sphere of literature, too, the idea of the single subject is all-powerful. Books are rarely signed, nor does the concept of plagiarism exist: It has been decided that all books are the work of a single author who is timeless and anonymous. Literary critiscism often invents authors: It will take two dissimilar works - the "Tao Te Ching" and the "1001 Nights," for instance - attribute them to a single author, and then in all good conscience determine the psychology of that most interesting homme de lettres....

"Their books are also different from our own. Their fiction has but a single plot, with every imaginable permutation."


I quoted from Andrew Hurley's 1998 translation. These exerpts relate specifically to literary form. The underlying idealistic philosophy of Tlon is hinted at but there is much more in the story which one should probably read. But this is a brief outline of some of the different types of writings that could be posted in this community.
4:23 pm
[wmblair]
Literature of Tlon
This is a community that I have just started. I know there are a lot of Borges fans out there and the story "Tlon, Uqbar and Orbis Tertius" is one of his most famous - found in the short story collection "Fictions" (Ficciones). The story disects the creation of an encyclopedia (titled Orbis Tertius) written about a fictional planet, Tlon. In the story the fictional planet begins to affect the real earth once society at large is exposed to it. The story explains some of the various literary and philisophical traditions of the planet. My hope is that people (you) might write (or have written) something following these traditions and fulfill the story by bringing parts of the ideal world into this one.
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