Thursday, September 25th, 2003
Adam Szychowski in My Life with the Wave: A masterpiece of Ultrarealism (the joke is that he’s going write against a surreal attribution of Octavio Paz’ story) writes “They fall in love and settle into a routine . . . [and the wave] rebels; this time against the slow rhythm of domestic life, instead of the tides.”
I don’t know if I agree with this rebellion against the slow rhythm of domestic life, but I wonder about the notion of rebellion in the story that Adam points to and the issue of domesticity and the wave. What, in the context of the story, points to a rebellion of this kind? I guess my question goes this way: is the wave rebelling against domestic life (what kind) or does this have something to with nature, and does this question also have something to do with Kugelmass? Could we put a border around the idea of domestic life in order to define it more precisely, and then would Borges laugh at us?