- Thank you very much Bill, Now it is very clear! N. ... From: william.street42 Subject: [johnbarth] Re: Two Meditations To:Message 1 of 3 , Sep 17, 2008View Source
Thank you very much Bill,
Now it is very clear!
--- On Tue, 16/9/08, william.street42 <william.street@...> wrote:
From: william.street42 <william.street@...>
Subject: [johnbarth] Re: "Two Meditations"
Date: Tuesday, 16 September, 2008, 4:18 PM
I think that "Lake Erie" is not so much about pollution, but about
knowlege coming only after the disaster. In other words, we commit the
an action with good intentions,only realizing afterward that it has
disastrous consequnces. Oedipus has been one of Barth's central
emblems for this idea: Oedipus thought he was doing something good in
seeking to find out who he was, only to learn that knowledge of who he
was had horrifying consequences for him. "Lake Erie" moves in a few
sentences from polluted Lake Erie to Oedipus.
When it comes to pollution, you might look up what happened in
Cleveland where the Cuyahoga River meets Lake Erie in the late
sixties. I think the piece's frist sentence references that.
--- In johnbarth@yahoogrou ps.com, "nicola_leporini"
<nicola_leporini@ ...> wrote:
> Hello to everybody.
> I've read somewhere that the short-story "Two Meditations" from Lost
> in the Funhouse is basically about the repetition of situations (while
> "Glossolalia" is about the repetition of styles and of a metric
> The first fragment is about Chaos Theory, or "the straw that broke the
> camel's back".
> But what about the second one? I've read that it is about "the belief
> that pollution leads to knowledge".. . But what does it mean?
> Thank you very much