Monthly Archives: December 2010

Happy New Year!

From all of us, to all of you.

The Broom of the System takes its title from a philosophical lesson that Gramma Beadsman once imparted to Lenore’s younger brother, LaVache. While sweeping the kitchen floor with a broom, Gramma asked LaVache “which part of the broom was more elemental, more fundamental,” the handle or the bristles? LaVache replied that the bristles are the essence of a broom. But Gramma corrected him, insisting that the answer depends on the use to which the broom is being put: if you want to sweep, the bristles are the essence—in effect, the meaning—of the broom; if you want, say, to break a window, its essence is the handle. “Meaning as use,” Gramma intoned. “Meaning as use.” The reader familiar with Wittgenstein will recognize in Gramma’s words the governing slogan of his late philosophy: “the meaning of a word,” he wrote in the Investigations, “is its use in the language.”

David Foster Wallace and Wittgenstein.

View Out My Front Door

Thanks, Chris. Love the updated lyrics.

Great Correspondence In History

Via.

Via. Context.

So many synergy opportunities, right, Ann and Amina?