By William S. Penn
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Sometimes he falls out of balance and says stupid, or worse, cruel things, like an idiot. But at other times he is, like Chuang Tzu, the complicated character of an idiot savant, the generous Jay Silverheels in a costumeball mask. At his worst, he is disagreeable; at his best, he is in between, and in disguise, and willing to be without theory. ” Tonto Meets Chuang Tzu 27 This Page Intentionally Left Blank Paving with Good Intentions It seems odd that it’s only been a year since the Tuesday around eleven-thirty, on my way to class to lecture on historical images and attitudes of Native Americans I walked out of my building and there he was, sitting on a cement bench as though he was one of the tobacco users outside in the frosty air, huddled against the truths of their times and their own solitude.
After all, it’s David Herbert who somehow manages not to choke himself with laughter over that low-life, ridiculous Mellors running around saying in a crude parody of Spinal Tap, “I want to fuck thee” and weaving Daisies into the pubic hairs of the Chatterley Lady. Only Lawrence would, of course of course! have the Lady just happen to be married to a sexual cripple. Besides, who will save the critic from himself ? Are we to trust the intentions of a nonmaker over the questions of the maker? Some not, by any means, all, though the numbers seem to be growing critics are merely failed authors.
But let’s talk about the connections, let’s talk about the process of Spotted Horses, not what it means (which is, tautologically, process, anyway). Give me the moment training ends and texts become books again, stories to be told and retold, heard and reheard. Give me allusions I can grasp, not the endlessly regressive (and ultimately meaningless) intertextualities that slip through phantastic ﬁngers of most every critical theorist. Don’t give me the whimper, give me the bang. Give me, not the separations and descriptions of training, but the messy connections of imagined authority.