Anything but the word.

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Graham Rae
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Anything but the word.

Post by Graham Rae » Wed Nov 23, 2016 8:17 pm

Examples of communication without words in Naked Lunch, a la Korzybski. Just a random observation.

'Bulletins from Party Headquarters are spelled out in obscene
charades by hebephrenics and Latahs and apes. Sollubis fart code,
Negroes open and shut mouth to flash messages on gold teeth,
Arab rioters send smoke signals by throwing great buttery eunuchs-
they make the best smoke, hangs black and shit-solid in
the air-onto gasoline fires in a rubbish heap, mosaic of melodies,
sad Panpipes of humpbacked beggar, cold wind sweeps down
from postcard of Chimborazo, flutes of Ramadan, piano music
down a windy street, mutilated police calls, advertising leaflet
synchronize with street fight spell SOS.
Two agents have identified themselves each to each by choice
of sex practices foiling alien microphones, fuck atomic secrets
back and forth in code so complex only two physicists in the
world pretend to understand it and each categorically denies
the other.'

torsrthidesen
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Re: Anything but the word.

Post by torsrthidesen » Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:02 pm

Graham Rae wrote:Examples of communication without words in Naked Lunch, a la Korzybski. Just a random observation.

'Bulletins from Party Headquarters are spelled out in obscene
charades by hebephrenics and Latahs and apes. Sollubis fart code,
Negroes open and shut mouth to flash messages on gold teeth,
Arab rioters send smoke signals by throwing great buttery eunuchs-
they make the best smoke, hangs black and shit-solid in
the air-onto gasoline fires in a rubbish heap, mosaic of melodies,
sad Panpipes of humpbacked beggar, cold wind sweeps down
from postcard of Chimborazo, flutes of Ramadan, piano music
down a windy street, mutilated police calls, advertising leaflet
synchronize with street fight spell SOS.
Two agents have identified themselves each to each by choice
of sex practices foiling alien microphones, fuck atomic secrets
back and forth in code so complex only two physicists in the
world pretend to understand it and each categorically denies
the other.'
Pardon me for being a bit dim. It's years since I've read the Count, but is this what he talks about in S&S? Sign language? Mime?

Graham Rae
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Re: Anything but the word.

Post by Graham Rae » Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:15 pm

He was more about communicating through images without talking, really, so posting this here was just really examples of non-verbal communication.

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