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Humanist Archives: Jan. 14, 2022, 7:18 a.m. Humanist 35.462 - Beaten, Beating, Breaking, Broken

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        Date: 2022-01-13 11:36:15+00:00
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        Subject: Beaten, Beating, Breaking, Broken


It was with revivified hopes that I came across your invocation of the Biblical
passage (I don’t know where or in what form it occurs much less the
transformations that translation has wrought — there are other scholars better
than I to answer the question of provenance and begetting).

I can in my limited fashion ring the changes on your text.

What we can do, as was said long ago, is to beat swords into

I ask if breaking fits into the picture, perhaps as a prelude to beating. Or the
repeated beating so heats the metal as to cause a break. I truly intend all
allusions hear to an epistemology of the episteme à la Foucault [1]

I also ask because I have a strong childhood association with a war monument
that depicts a supine warrior with a broken sword gripped in his dangling hand.
A dried wreath is to be found in the picture. I used the image as a cover to the
hypertext version of my 1996 thesis hand-coded in HTML. You commented, if I
recall correctly, on the design merits of the project.

The thin bar at the top of the Bridge (Table of Contents) yielded as an easter
egg the cover page. Most users don’t notice this (until now that is)

A house of many doors is a hypertext.

Still trying to locate the location [2]. Any assistance appreciated. The little
tweet with the little image of little me is of course a singular attempt at
materializing the aspiration of beating swards into plowshares.

I believe I have tried your patience long enough for a single day and thus bid
you good beatings and happy mending.


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François Lachance, Ph.d.

living in the beginning of the long 22nd century; sequencing the  "future

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