Completing the puzzle changed the universe. The year just started, for real!
In “The Analytical Language of John Wilkins” Borges describes ‘a certain Chinese Encyclopedia,’ the Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge, in which it is written that animals are divided into:
- those that belong to the Emperor,
- embalmed ones,
- those that are trained,
- suckling pigs,
- fabulous ones,
- stray dogs,
- those included in the present classification,
- those that tremble as if they were mad,
- innumerable ones,
- those drawn with a very fine camelhair brush,
- those that have just broken a flower vase,
- those that from a long way off look like flies.
This classification has been used by many writers. It “shattered all the familiar landmarks of his thought” for Michel Foucault. Anthropologists and ethnographers, German teachers, postmodern feminists, Australian museum curators, and artists quote it. The list of people influenced by the list has the same heterogeneous character as the list itself.
For the past 48 hours ‘my’ board and I have been dealing with the composition of the 18 committees. Dealing with a great list of people and a great list of wishes. And the idea of having power over a part of the social life of a lot of people gets me nervous… and thereby it is just one huge puzzle.