[NetBehaviour] interesting new language
noemata at gmail.com
Fri Mar 13 20:37:34 CET 2020
i think that's nice deconstruction of 'news' as a virus
hysteria brings out the best in people
On Fri, Mar 13, 2020 at 6:09 PM Max Herman via NetBehaviour <
netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Some odd emails are arriving. Such as, from the local Theater, announcing
> that my tickets to *Twelfth Night* are canceled, as are performances of *The
> Bacchae* and a new work called *CenterPlay*.
> Canceled by what? A non-living yet self-reproducing molecule. An ironic
> creator of empty theaters, unplayed plays both Shakespearean and hockey.
> How novel!
> I got another email from the Public Broadcasting System called "what you
> need to know about the Novel Coronavirus."
> Novel, is a word, it means book, or narrative, new narrative, nouvelle,
> and in this sense is old as *Don Quixote* or *Moll Flanders*, not that
> new anymore (though perhaps newer than *Hamlet Prince of Denmark)*.
> At one time it meant "the new books" arguably, neobiblia, novi libri.
> Corona means crown, but going farther back meant garland for military
> service, from the PIE "bend," as in, you bend a branch of leaves so that
> you can place it on someone's head, "they fought." (Art is from a similar
> PIE root for joint, arthritis, arm, a bend that bends?) An identifier of
> something done and of identification. Virus means poisonous fluid,
> possibly from PIE "ueis-" to melt away, flow, rot perhaps? I often think
> of the PIE root weid- to see, but I don't know if they are related. Flow,
> see? I try to imagine two hominids trying to talk to each other at some
> point, one more motivated, the other patient, one scribbling with a stick
> or spoken words, saying "see? see what I mean?" scribble scribble chatter
> So, book-garland-poisonflow? In any case, it all seems very like
> haunting, very like memory. The novel is what we don't know yet, right? A
> virus isn't new if we have memory of it. Our whole immune system is like a
> library. We each have our own, but we also are part of each other's.
> Similar perhaps to how libraries are connected.
> All of which calls to mind Hippocrates I think.
> Best regards,
> Chapter Four: Hippocratic Medicine and Greek Tragedy
> PS - sadly or happily, that same Public Broadcasting Service email
> announces Niall Ferguson's new TV show Networld, tragically or comically,
> debuting on March 17, the night I was supposed to see *Twelfth Night*,
> the night on which Saint Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland.
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