WORDS ABOUT WORDS
A writer who writes, "I am alone" . . . can be considered rather comical. It is comical for a man to recognize his solitude by addressing a reader and by using methods that prevent the individual from being alone. The word alone is just as general as the word bread. To pronounce it is to summon to oneself the presence of everything the word excludes.
Maurice Blanchot, From Dread to Language
Posted on April 9, 2002 at 2:28 PM