Tuesday, March 4, 2008

a mutual taste for incongruity

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

"Whenever our union seemed incongruous even to me, I wondered if it wasn’t a mutual taste for incongruity – for assimilating a slightly untenable arrangement, a shared inclination for the sort of unlikeness that doesn’t, however, topple into absurdity – that accounted for our underlying harmony. It was still beguiling for people raised in such alien circumstances to discover in themselves interests so strikingly similar – and, of course, the differences continued to be pretty exhilarating too."

- Philip Roth, The Counterlife, 1986

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This relationship sounds like a lesson in trigonometry. Or is it more of algebra of sets? :)

Angeli said...

It’s like Zeno’s Parameter Sets. Zeno's paradox (the inability to move between points A and B) results when two incongruous parameter sets are applied to the same event. When you applye the Empirical parameter set, Zeno will easily transition between points A and point B. You know, like moving from point A to point B and closing the 8,521-mile gap. :)

Anonymous said...

QED!

 
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