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                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 682.
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    [1]    From: Francois Lachance 
           Subject: Cake -- Re: [Humanist] 33.679: we continue (60)

    [2]    From: Claire Clivaz 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.679: we continue (94)

        Date: 2020-03-22 16:31:00+00:00
        From: Francois Lachance 
        Subject: Cake -- Re: [Humanist] 33.679: we continue


From baking to baked

> You can only bake a certain number of cakes! Composing
> reflective notes to Humanist can be good therapy :-).

Weary of baking? Bake some more by meta-baking.

The sharing of recipes reminds me when I first realized that the FOOD section of
Gertrude Stein's (1914) Tender Buttons was the equivalent of a recipe book. I
had encountered recipes in the form of a list of ingredients followed by
instructions. Older cookbooks do not offer such a listing. You get the
ingredients as the steps progress (much like Stein's pieces). Both forms, older
and newer,  fall under a title.

This may seem remote from humanities computing but just think of text encoding.
A member of a list may be an ingredient but an ingredient is not necessarily a
member of a list. In any event, the shape (format) in which we encounter a genre
affects how we envisage its components.

BTW in a time now remote there was an online tool for TEI Pizza Chef for
"baking" DTD


It has been suggested that ingesting a portion of Alice Toklas’s hashish
brownies helps with reading Stein:

Cake cast in went to be and needles wine needles are such.
This is today. A can experiment is that which makes a town, makes a town dirty,
it is little please. We came back. Two bore, bore what, a mussed ash, ash when
there is tin. This meant cake. It was a sign.
Another time there was extra a hat pin sought long and this dark made a display.
The result was yellow. A caution, not a caution to be.
It is no use to cause a foolish number. A blanket stretch a cloud, a shame, all
that bakery can tease, all that is beginning and yesterday yesterday we had it
met. It means some change. No some day.
A little leaf upon a scene an ocean any where there, a bland and likely in the
stream a recollection green land. Why white.


Willard, you are quite right, a little cake baking goes a long way.

Francois Lachance

to think is often to sort, to store and to shuffle: humble, embodied tasks

        Date: 2020-03-22 10:36:25+00:00
        From: Claire Clivaz 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.679: we continue

Dear Willard,

Yes, we continue, we try, we all hold on in these circumstances
particularly challenging for the DHers we are.

I add a reference to Susan Sontag's one about disease and political
metaphor: Camus' Plague and the Second World War. It was masterfully
illustrated by Shoshana Felman in 1992: "Camus' /The Plague/, or a
Monument to Witnessing", in /Reading the Past: Literature and History/,
Tamsin Spargo (ed.), Houndmills: Palgrave, 2000, p. 127-146 (reprint).
Not available online, unfortunately.

Democracy should remain more than ever an 'essential good', as food,
water and health, in these hard times. International solidarity is
crucial, and I am impressed to see clear signs of it: French workers
employed in Swiss hospitals continue to come doing their jobs, thanks to
the France agreement; Germany and Switzerland have proposed to welcome
some French sick people in their hospitals to help.

I am also impressed by our seven Swiss Federal Councillors: they
continue to lead our country based on common discussions and
negotiations. They seem tired, even exhausted, working surely during the
nights as well, but they continue to discuss as long as they agree on a
decision, despite their different opinions. That's democracy.

Keeping our places of discussion alive, as the Humanist discussion group
does, belongs to what we can do to keep democracy alive, even in theses
hard times where the frontiers are almost closed.

Kind greetings,


Le 22.03.20 à 09:18, Humanist a écrit :
>                    Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 679.
>              Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
>                     Hosted by King's Digital Lab
>                         www.dhhumanist.org
>                  Submit to: humanist@dhhumanist.org
>          Date: 2020-03-22 08:03:10+00:00
>          From: Willard McCarty 
>          Subject: we continue
> Dear colleagues,
> As you can see, Humanist continues -- in its Editor's self-imposed
> isolation, it is true, but Humanist continues.
>  From a close relation who is a clinician and administrator in a major
> hospital, I have a deeply moving account of what it's like at the
> sharp end. I will spare you the details. But I pass along his telling
> comparison of a current momentary lull in demand to "a receding ocean
> before a tsunami."
> Only as an aside he speaks of "the importance of people needing to
> adhere to the shelter-in-place order" that obtains where he lives. I
> pass this recommendation on to you, and suggest that those of you who
> are not front-line workers exercise the more historical and
> philosophical turns of mind which are given opportunity by physical
> confinement. You can only bake a certain number of cakes! Composing
> reflective notes to Humanist can be good therapy :-).
> In that spirit, I recommend Susan Sontag's 1978 essay, "Disease as
> Political Metaphor", republished by the New York Review of Books at
> https://tinyurl.com/Sontag-on-disease-as-political
> Comments are of course welcome!
> Yours,
> WM
> --
> Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/),
> Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
> London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
> (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org)

Claire Clivaz
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