Saturday, December 29, 2007

Ballistics Descending A Staircase

"Spatially speaking, he stands in doorways and presides as janitor over entrances and exits; in the temporal sense he is the beginning: his month is Januarius, the first month, standing between the year that is beginning and the one that has ended. He faces two directions because every passage implies two places, two states, one left behind and one being approached. Janus is a hinge, a pivot...."

[Octavio Paz, after Dumezil on Marcel Duchamp]

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