the unclassifiable (the unnameable, the unsayable)

13Jul07

“Perhaps this is to answer the question being put to me, before it was put. Perhaps it is to avoid putting it so as not to have to answer it. Perhaps it is to use, and abuse, that old rhetorical figure known as the excuse whereby, instead of confronting the problem needing to be resolved, one is content to reply to questions by asking other questions, taking refuge each time behind a more or less feigned incompetence. Perhaps it is also to designate the question as in fact having no answer, that is, to refer thinking back to the unthought on which it rests, and the classified to the unclassifiable (the unnameable, the unsayable) which it is so eager to disguise.”
– Georges Perec, “A: Methods – ‘Think/Classify'” in Species of Spaces

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