The term “lightness” with regards to philosophy and literature was not always a postmodern concept as Italo Calvino defines it. Lightness on. In , Italo Calvino was invited to give the following year’s Charles (This is the subject of the first lecture, “Lightness”; the other titles are. Lightness: Italo Calvino’s hope for the future of literature. A guest post by Gio Clairval July 30, Gio Clairval is an Italian-born refugee who lives in Paris and.

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But fortunately hardly anybody uses it any longer but you may well want to appear into it. Kyoto School Objectivism Russian cosmism more Zen Buddhism teaches that one ought to become as light as being itself. Italo Calvino’s hope for the future of literature.

To find a more modern example of this we may turn to Henry James, opening any of his books at random: Loading comments… Trouble loading? Each yacht and speedboat and dinghy lifts off the water so that before long, the air is filled with the undersides of a thousand hulls. Before Jacobson, Jacob Bekenstein of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Stephen Hawking of Cambridge University, among others, described a mysterious connection between black holes and thermodynamics, culminating in Dr.

Writing as a model for every process of reality. You jettison all that is cumbersome. But another problem arises: In an era where visuals dominate, writing has to be potent and vivid in order to vie for attention.

In this talk I shall try to explain—both to myself and to you—why I have come to consider lightness a value rather than a defect; to indicate the works of the past in which I recognize my ideal of lightness; and to show where I situate this value in the present and how I project it into the future.

Lightness (philosophy)

What do you do there, moon, in the sky? He views literature as lightneas transformation of ideas, and he views lightness as a transfromative power.

It simply communicates something which is only emblematic of lightness. In the boundless universe of literature there are always new avenues to be explored, both very recent and very ancient, styles and forms that can change our image of the world. Lighgness fact, the fuller it is, the less it will be able to fly.


O cherished moon, beneath whose quiet beams the hares dance in the woods. Overambitious projects may be objectionable in many fields, but not in writing. If I prefer writing, it is because I can revise each sentence until I reach the point where – if not exactly satisfied with my words – I am able at least to eliminate those ligbtness for dissatisfaction that I can put a finger on.

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However, Calvino died of a stroke before he finished writing them. The eighteenth-century imagination is full of figures suspended itzlo air. Perhaps even Lucretius was moved by this livhtness, perhaps calvnio Ovid: But the idea of an empty bucket raising you above the level where one finds both the help and the egoism of others; the empty bucket, symbol of privation and desire and seeking, raising you to the point at which a humble request can no longer be satisfied—all this opens the road to endless reflection.

A few scientists disagree; others say that Verlinde is stating what we already know after the works of Ted Jacobson of the University of Maryland. Have a great number of threads been interwoven in this lecture? Which thread should I pull on to find the end in my hand? The most adept writer can depict one second or a thousand years with the same allure.

A beautiful metaphor, and a conclusion I agree with wholeheartedly. That shotgun could alternatively be an axe, or a length of rope, a tomato or a grandmother. Lightness is a force that propels. When I began my career, the categorical imperative of every young writer was to represent his own time. Lightness is a means of gaining perspective. September Learn how and when to remove this template message. I have tried to remove weight, sometimes from people, sometimes from heavenly bodies, sometimes from cities; above all I have tried to remove weight from the structure of stories and from language.

Views Read Edit View history. Already all the air darkens, deepens to blue, and shadows glide from roofs and hills at the whitening of the recent moon.

Hold onto the idea of reflection, of germination. Also, the virtue of having this as a physical book is that you can jot down your own reactions as they occur in the margins. Is it legitimate to turn to scientific discourse to find an image of the world that suits my view? This stands as an interesting opposition to Kundera’s evaluation of Lightness. Indeed it is equally impossible for all this stirring not to lead to something; and yet this something will always be wondered at by some blockhead who will never realize how small a change would have made it into something else.


I mean that I have to change my approach, look at the world from a different perspective, with a different logic and with fresh methods of cognition and verification. It seeks to represent any and every area of knowledge — science, philosophy, politics, you name it — intertwining them all into narrative and setting.

As for the technique of magnetism, this was destined to be developed and perfected by Jonathan Swift to keep the flying island of Laputa in the air. I remain constantly teachable. In Cavalcanti the conjunction e and puts the snow on the same level as the other visions that precede and follow it: And you were leaning then above that wood just as now, filling it all with brilliance.

So the title of this book is doubly misleading: The first writer in the modern world who explicitly professed an atomistic concept of the universe in its fantastic transfiguration is not found lightnness some years later, in France: The De Rerum Natura of Lucretius is the first great work of poetry in which knowledge of the world tends to dissolve the solidity of the world, leading to a perception of all that is infinitely minute, light, and mobile.

Even the most ornate or seemingly garrulous writers Nabokov, Joyce, Pynchon are at their base rigidly coherent. It seems to me that language is always used in a random, approximate, careless manner, and this distresses me unbearably.