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Kay Rosen

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When asked at one point about his vocation as a writer, Henry James said he wanted to be the one upon whom nothing was lost. Somewhat earlier, according to Hegel, Napoleon had realized the end of history. But if Hegel hadn’t come along to reveal this, Napoleon’s feat would hang unnoticed in the large jaw of eternity, and no one would care because we wouldn’t have Hegel’s consciousness of it. It may he true that consciousness is overrated, but without it power, stupidity, and enjoyment would go totally unrecognized. Of course you can only see the power, stupidity, and jollies of another, but that’s a different story. In the classic master/slave scenario even language can act, but without a consciousness (i.e. a slave to come along and bear witness to it), these acts are meaningless, but nevertheless effective (which brings us to the question of art). What Kay Rosen does that is beautiful

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