Yes, Jill, I think if you take close look at Edmund Hardy's look at the
different Robinson's - it takes the 'solitaire' into a realm other than
flaneurie - which gets its pleasures from the urban shop window/dandy/crowd
(This is a terrible thing to say in view of his death, but Benjamin clearly
went into a deeper despair once outside the realm of the City - crossing the
Pyranees. But Benjamin and 'the rural' appear antithetical entities). The
Protestant Robinsons seem relatively allergic to connecting with the City -
vices, fashion, aesthetics et al. Kees' ambitious stabs and occasional
aesthetic successes as a painter, as one example, in the urban world,
notwithstanding. He just could not crack it in a sustained way.
> Thank you Stephen,
> I had been saving those particular posts as they were detailed and
> Yes, the protestant aloneness - 'I am a pilgrim and a stranger' - which
> isn't a kind of flaneurie (sp?), I don't think. A more radical
> separateness, rather than 'browsing' the arcades and passages.
> That poem was 'lifted' from another older and much longer one of mine.
> Someone said of it (it was a sort of truncated crown of eleven 15 line
> sonnets, if you will) that it circled around an emptiness - and a
> stopped clock. I disagreed then and do now but my 'metaphysics' of
> emptiness is more like a kind of negative 'theology'. (Well, it makes
> sense to me.)
> The older poem was also an argument with Wordsworth, but that's another
> On Thursday, March 9, 2006, at 10:27 AM, Stephen Vincent wrote:
>> Ah, 'standing apart', you have not even been looking!
>> Look, if you are curious, under the "Auteurs" thread - a whole romp
>> the various kinds of exile of various literary, mostly well-known
>> Then you might get my gist!
>> Stephen V
>>> Hi Stephen,
>>> No, that's not my middle name.
>>> Maybe I've missed something (I've been travelling and busy so I can
>>> only skim
>>> posts) but I don't quite understand.
>>> Mind you, Jill Robinson Jones sounds fine but, nope, no Robinsons in
>>> family tree so far as I know.
>>>> >> It's this standing apart, watching, that's curious.
>>>> Per recent thread, is your middle name "Robinson"?
>>>> Jill Robinson Jones
>>>> That would give you, at least, 'Seigneur' status, however singular,
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