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Thursday, August 09, 2007


part of the deep-rooted cultural bias against Time defines Time as Time-the-Destroyer: to call something Timeless is to assert that Time can't wear away its power or charm.

but Time can't Destroy anything that it hasn't first Created or helped to Create, or allowed to come into being.

i can't imagine existence without Time -- "Timelessness" might as well be "Airlessness," and I imagine suffocating, buried before my time.

"my time" -- ah! unconsciously, it springs up, this bias against Time, even in a note criticizing the bias, without thinking about it I call my rightful hour of death, "my time."

I always want More Time.

not time-Lessness.

take your Time.

-- Panajacel dock, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala, courtesy of Fotomaya

I resisted an impulse to refer to the music of Thomas Chapin as "timeless" in a post just last night... but instinctively recognized that the word just isn't right for the reasons you've poetically depicted.

The passage of time exposes fads and chliches that become embarrassing in retrospect. Some works of art and literature manage to evade this effect and produce the illusion of escaping the "ravages of time" and appeal to the airlessness we secretly desire as we grow anxious about the passage of time exposing our own weakness for the non-enduring.
Why do some things evade the march of fashion and stay up-to-date?

Who knows?

And how about, "Ahead of your time"?

Meaning, "not fashionable at the time, but fashionable later." At least in the arts. Van Gogh and Blake come to mind -- Ives too.

Art that evades the march of fashion isn't timeless -- it's time-abundant. It has "more time" to bask in people's attention.

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