‘Pataphysics is a pseudophilosophy dedicated to studying what lies beyond the realm of metaphysics. The term was coined and the concept created by French writer Alfred Jarry, who defined ‘pataphysics as “the science of imaginary solutions, which symbolically attributes the properties of objects, described by their virtuality, to their lineaments.” Jarry considered Hippocrates of Chios and Sophrotatos the Armenian as the fathers of this “science”.
“Applause…comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.” Alfred Jarry
D’ailleurs, les resultats du desillusionnement sont terribles. Les enfants maladifs qui sortent d’un amour mourant sont la triste debauche et la hideuse impuissance : la debauche de l’esprit, l’impuissance du coeur, qui font que l’un ne vit plus que par curiosite, et que l’autre se meurt chaque jour de lassitude.
“As far as I’m aware, I’m nothing. I have no personality of my own whatsoever. I have no character to offer the public. I have nothing to project.
…When I look at myself I see a person who strangely lacks what I consider the ingredients for a personality. I can see personality in other people but I can’t see any in myself. One feels that perhaps through playing so many characters one becomes a sort of nil on one’s own account.”
-Peter Sellers, quoted in The Many Voices of Peter Sellers (UPI, 6/1980)
(1961, dir. Jack Clayton, based on the Henry James ghost story, The Turn of the Screw) (via)
What shall I say when he knocks on my door? What shall I say when his feet enter softly? Leaving the marks of his grave on my floor.