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2008/03/30

thises & tthats

Clichés, clichés! The situation has hardly improved since Cézanne. Not only has there been a multiplication of images of every kind, around us and in our heads, but even the reactions against clichés are creating clichés . . . Every imitator has always made the cliché rise up again, even from what had been freed of the cliché. The fight against clichés is a terrible thing. As Lawrence says, it is already something to have succeeded, to have gotten somewhere, with regard to an apple, or a jug or two. The Japanese know that a whole life barely suffices for a single blade of grass. This is why great painters are so severe with their work. Too many people mistake a photograph for a work of art, plagiarism for audacity, a parody for a laugh, or worse yet, a miserable stroke of inspiration for a creation.'



We know now that a text is not a line of words releasing a single 'theological' meaning (the 'message' of the Author-God) but a multidimensional space in which a variety of writings, none of them original, blend and clash. The text is a tissue of quotations drawn from the innumerable centres of culture." Roland Barthes, 'The Death of the Author' (1968)