2/16/11

Pu-tai Says Laugh



     "... to talk too long, to examine too meticulously, to pile qualification upon qualification and add theory to theory, is to be in danger of upsetting the delicate balance of that life which one wishes to understand, or of destroying the fragile tissue into which one wishes to breathe new life. Here too, 'the letter kills, while only the spirit gives life.'"
     - Conrad Hyers (Zen and the Comic Spirit)

     Hyers could easily be talking about poetry here. Sontag's Against Interpretation comes to mind, as well as the famous Zen Master Pablo Picasso, who put forth the following koan:
     "Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird?"

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