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[new] when is personal trivial, when is it artful? (Avg. Score: none / Raters: 0) (#4)
by joerabie on Thu Apr 22nd, 2004 at 12:57:50 AM EURODISCORDIA TIME
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There is so much "personal" that one is exposed to. It certainly has sales value, as the Beckhams are the most recent to experience on the "celeb chain gang (at the same time, how many couples were destroyed in, for example, Falludjia?)", let alone all the others clamouring for a role in some Reality Show .

I think that "personal" is important because without it, things are sterile. But not "personal" in terms of titillation and the exposure of titbits of one's private life, rather insofar as it informs one's intellectual, political, artful being.

It is a question of placing one's discourse within the narrative of one's self... the story that is told, the literary techniques used, of metaphor, irony, other forms (I'm no expert), give human stature to what is otherwise a skeleton of concepts.

Perhaps I am not clear. At my own personal level, with my wife (personal, heh!), we have been dispossessed of a company we created. I was running it, but was removed by the Board when we hit difficulties. At the core of these problems is a partner, the general manager, a terrible person who for his own obscure, absurd reasons has been destroying all constructive, team efforts to get somewhere. He has torpedoed all attempts to get somewhere, so that he can say "you see" when the boat sinks. Now that he and the new director have shown there incapacity to get anywhere, my wife and I are on the warpath. We are writing an email to all the partners, to try and salvage what remains. Why am I telling you this? Because of the confrontation between our writing styles, which is interesting. I tend to use metaphor more - my wife says that the problem with the general manager is that he brings up the same old issues, month after month, and uses them to block all progress; I say that he he ruminates on the same fecal matter, like a terminally constipated cow. But my wife didn't want to put that in our email.

And now, very personally, I am off to a warm, inviting bed (and partner).

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