23 March 2010

The Electrochemical Society reads Mallarmé.

The paper intervenes every time an image on tis own, ceases or retires within the page, accepting the succession of the others, and it is not a question, unlike the usual state of affairs, of regular sound effects or verses -- rather of prismatic subdivisions of the idea, the instant when they appear and during which their cooperation lasts, in some exact mental setting. The text imposes itself in various places, near or far from the latent guiding thread, according to what seems to be the probable sense.
// Stéphane Mallarmé, Preface to Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard ("A roll of the dice will never abolish chance"), 1897

// From Transactions of the American Electrochemical Society, Volume XXXVII, Thirty-Seventh General Meeting, Boston and Cambridge, Mass. April 8, 9, and 10, 1920


John McVey said...

or rather, Mallarmé reads the Electrochemical Society... or their respective readings cross, in the aether...

Whitney said...

I like that interpretation much better -- "prismatic subdivisions" floating freely. :)