Songlines, From the Notebooks
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But what are we supposed to make of them?
So far these aren't connected in any text form, they are just listed. But the order is carefully constructed with themes touched on before getting briefly highlighted and maybe then leading to the next theme. But there are lots of branches, so, any topic map gets complicated. Also, note the sources of the notes are important, sometimes more important than the the actual note.
I'm trying to figure out themes, but it's just a ball of confusion right now.
Confusion may be all what you will get. I don't think there is pattern in the notes.
I've been trying to construct something like an essay out of these, trying to put it together into a thought flow, or flows. That is because it's the only thing that makes sense to me - find some kind of pattern that will lead me somewhere. But, if there is no pattern, what are we readers to do with these notes?
His attempt of his first book “The Nomadic Alternative” was a failure. His topic had been too broad, his intentions too vague. But he did not give up the idea to succeed in a second attempt.
The songlines and the aboriginals were a fantastic discovery for him. I think he had found a story on which he could hang his theory on Nomadism which had fascinated him his whole life.
Alas, his health deteriorated very fast after that trip.
( Mac draws his black cape over his face and dissapears into a dark alley )
Regretting the moment I had the biography in hand and chose not to but it.
If you don't have access to Graves' thesis, then this Picador edition will provide a starting point.
Crikey! That sounds wonderfully interesting, both Anatomy and Graves's thesis. Care to post any summary or theme from there? I'm at work, can't go surfing the 'webs just now ....
Still not sure how I should read this.
And the notes are organized. There are themes, and groupings. Pieces are intentionally organized in certain ways so that something is hinted at or touched on before it is directly addressed. And there larger thematic links to be made as single notes are divided up, the parts pasted in different sections. Two notes quoting Ib'n Khaldun are sixty pages apart, but the theme is the same, and I assuming the link is intentional.