David Baird db@theunspokenyes.com theunspokenyes.com

Lori Robertson, managing editor American Journalism Review www.ajr.org

Dear Lori,

Greetings, and – hello. I am writing to possibly interest you in commissioning a piece from me

With text, you can get more out of it than went in – that is, you can write something which can open even your own eyes – you can build a structure/appearance whose passages and transitions can change your self – you can actually profit from all that you have learned, and craft an almost living gift- that-ever-gives... This is why I would like to choose my own work as the main departure for discussion, though if necessary would write this as a research piece about others. Shouldn’t we attempt to understand ourselves? Would you rather me tell you what Derrida has learned – or what I have? I do not think this is arrogance or self-absorption. I just have always found it more enjoyable to read

people write what they want, rather than to read them write about what other people wanted to write...

I’m not arguing Today is Only Day is obscure and in need of a brilliant book report to make sense of its symbolism, or something. Rather, as a piece of thought thinking about its self and, indeed, thinking’s self, this text is a _beginning_ – it not only can be pushed further, made clearer – it feels as if it _needs_ to be... However, if you feel that I should discuss recognized authorities, I would be more than willing to bring the Europeans into play... Not that I wouldn’t anyway – but I could make it very explicit that I am simply speaking English in a way approximating how people have been speaking French for the last forty years...

“Compossibility,” I write, in the line of the text with the biggest words, “of image and sense, their ineluctable nexus, is rationality.” What is human inner life? (Outer life is “plain enough” to see clearly, if journalism does its job...) Our experience is most intimately image and sense. (Or, if you prefer, world-model and self/consciousness.) The French philosophers, most especially, have reminded us of their originary roles in our being. Neither image nor sense can be imagined without the other... A pair whose connection is so strong arises out of nothing, or almost-nothing, in the primordial or embryonic mind – a pair arises to as far as we know never break apart – and to even stay around through all observable variances and modalities of the subject. To “think about it” or engage in representation, (intensionality), to “think it” or be literary/creative, (to write), or to “think/it” and be spiritual, or one with the fluxion, (to become what you are). All options are open. (You can get out of them). Rationality would seem to be concerned about its own sources, and its own fairness. I would encourage you with all respect and friendliness to try out my brand of rationality, and share it with the world and histories...

thanks, yours,

David Baird