Guest Arak Posted October 2, 2003 Report Share Posted October 2, 2003 I started a few days ago on The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky. It is truly fascinating, entering the mind of an artist as he slips into psychosis. One thing I'm not quite clear on, though, is how he's writing. He makes very long run-on paragraphs, jumping from one idea to another completely unrelated. For example, one such paragraph lasts for about seven pages and covers his thoughts on Nietzche vs. Darwin, nature, ape vs. man, the fact that Nijinsky can multi-task (listen to a conversation in Hungarian while writing in Russian), working-class people, Parisian prostitutes, a complaint about his pencil, back to Parisian prostitutes, why he does not eat meat (and why he ate it today even tough he does not eat meat), some thoughts on God (including the declaration that he, Nijinksy, is God), the doctor his wife had observing him, a picture he drew, thoughts on medicine. Some of it does flow in a logical sequence, like going from Darwin to nature and apes vs. men. But what I can't decide is if his thoughts actually followed this sporadic sequencing, or if he simply returned to writing at a later time and didn't bother to start a new paragraph, or if he started a new paragraph for each day. Any insight? Quote Link to comment
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