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2 thoughts on “Re-reading Julie Carr’s 100 Notes on Violence

  1. Hi, Michael.

    Looks like a corrective to the idea that “there are no words” and a balance to mournful moments of silence.

    My library doesn’t have a copy I can borrow, alas.

  2. Certainly, John. The attitude of “there are no words” is a trap. You’re a fan of G. Agamben so I’m sure you know his critique of that attitude in _Remnants of Auschwitz: The Witness and the Archive_: “To say that Auschwitz is ‘unsayable’ or ‘incomprehensible’ is equivalent to euphemein, to adoring in silence…[which] contributes to its glory.”

    Will you be in NYC soon? I’ll be happy to lend you my copy of _100 Notes on Violence_.

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