Intellectual Self Defence

Brains are delicate things…


Kurt Vonnegut has coined the term blivit for his own combination of incommensurables: an ‘all-frequencies assault on the sensibilities’ made of ‘fiction, drama, history, biography and journalism.’ A blivit, writes Vonnegut, can be defined as ‘two pounds of shit in a one pound bag.’ Somewhere in the bag, Vonnegut records his own great-grandfather’s belief that truth ‘must always be recognized as the paramount requisite of human society’. Vonnegut comments: ‘As I myself said in another place, I began to have my doubts about truth after it was dropped on Hiroshima.’
John Hartley Regimes of Truth and the Politics of Reading: A Blivit Cultural Studies Vol 1 No 1

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