About / The Manifesto

So, one day in Paris, 1960 William Burroughs met Samuel Beckett. They were sitting in a little restaurant, both already known writers, both already drastically changing the way people look at the world around them.

The author of ‘Naked Lunch’  was describing his (and Gysin’s) new invention – a cut-up technique of writing, which basically meant mixing together all kinds of texts, from classics like Dante to cheap newspapers in order to create chaotic, yet intriguing mosaics of sentences.

Suddenly indignant, Beckett asked, “You’re using other writer’s words?”

“Words don’t have brands on them the way cattle do,” Burroughs said.

The short manifesto:

We do agree with Mr. Burroughs. We are here to continue his ideas with a little help of the new technologies. This quote collection is meant to create new meaning from bits and pieces collected all over the human culture. We believe that all kinds of art can be mixed, not only verbal but visual too and music as well. We believe in freedom of expression and free flow of ideas. We came to a conclusion, that unlike alcohols, all kinds of original creativity can be blend into a healthy mixture. Finally, we believe there never is one right, authenic and discoverable meaning of an artwork. Our methodology is experimenting, we want to end up with something we hadn’t predicted. The accumulation of letters, paintings, graphics and sounds is just the first step of the project. More steps will be taken soon.

Can we call it ‘quotism’ ???

“The text is a tissue of citations, resulting from the thousand sources of culture.” – R. Barthes

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About quotism: Now I’d like to say a few things on the topic given. It is not evident what this blog is about. First of all, what cannot be forgotten, is that each book or any other form of art is an entity and should be treated as such. It is not just a sum of its part nor it is composed of distinguishable, important and unimportant elements.

(see: Cleanth Brooks – The Heresy of Paraphrase)

Then, what is the reason to take a sentence out of its context? How is it not abominable to cut off the roots, to hinder the full understanding? Well, maybe to some it is.

Others might argue for a simple fact that such a loose element is provided with a new life. Life of its own. Life with no imaginary constraints . For arriving at new interpretations and unexpected insight is our goal. That’s why we take from the vast chaos of art and culture what we feel would be worth seeing  and we don’t feel bad for doing it, not even for a moment.

[For more thoughts about interpretation and context see classic  article by Stanley Fish: ‘ Is there a text in the class?’].

In the same way you can quote movies, just by cutting a frame and highlighting it. Then, it’s a new picture, it’s like a painting. Of course, you know some of them and think about the movie, but with others you have no idea what happen before and after, who is the person, what is he/she doing. If so, very well, it’s the beginning of a new story, your own  story.

Good day to you, reader!

(See ‘More’ page for more information)

About me:

I’m to be found in or in the vicinity of

Kielce / Cracow / law /philosophy / art / culture / ideas

Mail me! ol.gierd@vp.pl

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[last updated 21/03/2014 (old typos, some changes, the manifeso title, colours)]

114 comments on “About / The Manifesto

  1. vlt says:

    well, thanks ^^

  2. on certainty says:

    I agree; both reading and other things are good. Or anyway, I like both.

    I also like the combination of Johnnie Walker and Against the Day in your header picture. You need one to get through the other I think. Or both.

  3. aak92 says:

    I love reading too!!! Actually I love both reading and writing.
    Good collection though I don’t get most of the stuff written in other languages:)

  4. Thank you so much for liking my post “Books in a bag” on my blog “Diary of an art student” 🙂
    Wishing you Love, Light, and Laughter, Always 🙂

  5. ajaytao2010 says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Be in touch. Browse through the category sections,
    I feel you may find something of your interest.

  6. Dawn D. says:

    Many thanks for visiting my Yogini Gone Paleo blog and for Liking my “Adapting Sun Salutations for Larger Bodies” post. Namaste 🙂

  7. Thanks VLT for stopping by. Books can have a life of their own. Then they sit on the shelves a collect dust. Not unlike ourselves.

  8. niladriguha9 says:

    You write very well. Thank you for liking my post too. Thanks once again.

  9. LetSdeG says:

    I love reading. These days I’m reading books about motivation and drive, but I will literally read about how dust collects on a shelf, too. 🙂

  10. Doug Bruns says:

    Sacred, indeed. Read on!

  11. Thank you for liking my short story.

  12. Jill says:

    I love the idea that reading is the sacred part of life – I couldn’t agree more! Thanks for visiting my blog too.

  13. jaet1 says:

    Love your thinking 🙂

  14. jaet1 says:

    Thanks so much for dropping by my fledgling blog.

  15. icelandpenny says:

    I like everything about this — the wonderful images, and also your loving, careful thoughts about words and their use. By chance, these thoughts connect very much with the “pillows” and text on my own latest post. Thank you for visiting it and liking it.

  16. eproctor says:

    Your blog looks really interesting. I will have to spend some time here. Thanks for stopping by mine today.

  17. Thanks for stopping by prospectivemedics! Reading is so important to medicine, it’s nice to get away from the science side and indulge in fiction from time to time. I’ll be sure to check out your recommendations!

  18. Thanks for liking my recent blog post. I really like your blog and I love books.

  19. krislasienne says:

    thanks for my very first “like” on WordPress. I just signed up today and I dont know what i’m doing yet, but it looks like fun.

  20. Hello Again. Thanks Again. Good to hear from you. Thanks for the compliment. Never thought of myself as a writer. I just put down my thoughts and information. Glad you liked the post. The language of the source of creation. This language is fun to create with. Give it a try You’ll be amazed. See you later.

  21. Thanks for liking my post about self-publishing. I don’t know where I’d be without reading 🙂

  22. windhound says:

    Great Blog. I love the logical illogicality. Thanks for the visits.

  23. You have a unique way of looking at and deriving a new work from fragments of art and culture. I like it.
    Thank you for liking my blog about the wonders of our God.

  24. William Blake once said that a line, no matter how finely divided, was still a line; a line exists in our imaginative synthesis of the world, and it’s only denial of that synthesis that can divide its unity into “infinitesimals”… But maybe dividing it and creating a circle out of what was once a line – creating a new context around the infinitesimal – is not such a bad idea after all.

    I will definitely follow your blog and see what infinitesimal gems I can find here. 🙂

    Lots of success with your blogging journey!

  25. Good Day to You, too. Thanks for sharing, … and please keep it up!


  26. Justine says:

    Thanks for your writings vlt.

  27. drybredquips says:

    Thanks very much for liking “the chase” and for your support. Hope other quips fit your interests and/or concerns. All the best in all your reading and writing.

  28. Jim Kane says:

    thanks for liking a post and you have a wonderful blog!


  29. rkannese says:

    “About me: I read sometimes or do other things. Other things are cool too. But reading, well, that’s the sacred part of life.” This is epic.

  30. tinaperez says:

    Really enjoy the quotes you pull forward. Thanks for making it easy to be inspired. And thanks for visiting iwishisaidthat.com

  31. Cheri L. says:

    A wise perspective! Thanks for stopping by The Brass Rag. Come back and see us again soon. We look forward to your comments. Meanwhile, happy writing!

  32. Ryan Zee says:

    Thanks so much for liking my post “The Buddhist Alliance”! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog and hope you will continue reading mine in the future!


  33. beingserbian says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog, come back again when you have a chance 😉

  34. drybredquips says:

    Thanks for liking “illiteracy how-to,” for the picture of books, and for comments about your blog from the best of all possible people – YOUNG READERS!

  35. pinklightsabre says:

    My copy of Infinite Jest is sun-faded and worn. May be time to pick it up again; thanks for the reference to Hal – nice to see that, and be reminded of that wonderful writer. Best to you, – Bill

  36. 'Sila says:

    Thanks for liking my William Gibson book review! Your blog is quite captivating.

  37. chiaink says:

    Thanks for liking my post.

  38. i think this will be a good blog to visit between classes 🙂

  39. 1st class designs says:

    I like!
    Thank you for liking 1st Class Designs 🙂

  40. Thanks a bunch for visiting my blog. Stay tuned.

  41. drybredquips says:

    I’m happy that you liked “happiness.” Thanks and good day to you.

  42. Thank you so much for liking my Jane Eyre post. You have shown me the error of my ways in not including some relevant quotes from the book in my post. But the best thing is that I found your blog! I haven’t been able to read all of it yet of course but I want to read every word of a blog that celebrates the most essential and natural act for humans: reading. I believe you are a kindred spirit!

  43. Mike says:

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    Thank you for the many entertaining blog posts I have enjoyed.


  44. Grieverd says:

    oh oh oh, thank you for leaving a “like” on one of my first posts, ‘cos now I’ve discovered you! Love yr remarks on quotes, on intertextuality not only today, but through time. On this blog, you ‘write’ the material reality of colliding texts and perceptions!!! By any chance, are you an academic…?? just wondering about the wealth of texts here 🙂

    • oh, thanks, it looks like you really understend what I try to do here, that’s great for me too. It’s my 5th year as a student and I got a lot of courses right now, still not sure about the future though :>

  45. John Herndon says:

    Glad you liked the post at Necessary Miscellany. Thanks for stopping by!

  46. Hello bookworm. I agree the books of quotes always taste better. Eat away worm! Lol!!!!!!!!

  47. G'ma Becca says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog! I do agree that reading time can be sacred time. I am finding some of the best time spent is in reading the journals and papers of family that came before me! They really have made me what I am!

  48. vftmom247 says:

    Great blog layout AND attitude towards reading. Without books, I’d be truly lost. Thanks for stopping by my blog. So glad you enjoyed it.

  49. psriblog says:

    I am grateful for your visit to my blog, and i am intrigued by my visit to yours…i’ll be back, and often.

  50. Thanks for stopping by my blog & for the like – I really appreciate it!

  51. DeAnna Pugh's Treasures says:

    Thanks for liking my blog! It was nice to read about your love for reading – I LOVE reading too!!!

  52. bdtoms1 says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking one of my posts. Now that I have found your blog, I plan to visit it often.

  53. b00kreader says:

    It’s an interesting idea! I will be back to see what quotes you breath new life into.

  54. Hey there. 🙂

    Thank you so much for taking your time to read my blog! Appreciate it!

    Now it’s my time to read yours. 😉

  55. winecountryglutenfreesleuth says:

    Love the art behind your premise.

  56. keladelaide says:

    Heartfelt thanks for visiting Free Little Words and liking the post you read. I love words: writing or reading them.

  57. dniahsoutfit says:

    Hmmmm nice one also thanks for checking out my blog

  58. scarlettsands says:

    Hey, I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award, because that’s what you are! You have some really interesting content and deserve the recognition for it. Well done 🙂 Check out what to do here:


  59. teacritter says:

    You had me at “Paris, 1960 William Burroughs met Samuel Beckett”, and then the mention of ‘Naked lunch’- I knew I should be following this blog

  60. dcardiff says:

    Thanks for liking my blog, “Gottafindahome.” I am also a painter and a poet. I agree completely with what you are saying. I know many poets who don’t understand their own poems, but the reader can get many different messages. This is what life is about. We each have our own truth. If we each wrote about the same event, from the same standpoint, all writings would be different, all true.

    I know many poets who keep a journal of ideas, phrases, visualizations that come to them throughout the day. Then they juxtapose these according to sound, or rhyme or rhythm and come up with a beautiful poem.


  61. Thank you for liking my post on Les3elephants. Like the Basquiat painting… Have a good day.

  62. Judy says:

    Thanks for stopping by my photo blog. I sure have enjoyed exploring here!! I think your objective is quite of bit of fun!! I really look forward to reading your words and thoughts and the comments!!

  63. Khaula Nazir says:

    That is one nice introduction and one wonderful blog.

  64. Akanksha says:

    Hey…thank you for stopping by my blog..and its nice to see your posts here..

  65. CLEVELAND says:

    You health care are hot all the time? The problem is your weight!

  66. Brett says:

    Thanks for liking a recent post. A really interesting blog. I look forward to more posts!

  67. Daniela says:

    Thanks for the like. Interesting blog and ideas.

  68. earthstills says:

    Beautiful eclectic blog, I look forward to following where the refined quotes lead..

  69. madisonmckay says:

    This is fascinating, I will definitely be back to read more! xoxo

  70. mej1027 says:

    Thank you,thank you! for dropping by mjomja..much appreciated! 🙂 You have an interesting blog here..very insightful. Have a pleasant day ahead!

  71. Byron says:

    Wonderful blog. Keep up the good work.

  72. Robert Mitchell says:

    This is an original concept — Thanks for the like!

  73. vino4 says:

    Really cool blog. If you couldn’t tell, I’m kind of into quotes (kwotes) as well. I hope you’ll continue to check out my blog. I’ll definitely be reading yours

  74. ~Juniper Love~ says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog and liking my post ‘Keep Calm and Reiki On’. I am a huge fan of quotes and I love when I find new ones that describe my current situation 🙂 Your blog is wonderful!

    • fungalspore says:

      I’m following you because your quotes are interesting and I agree you can make something out of them: good job. Just don’t ever take words out of context to make them uplifting, as so many bloggers do, or I may have to come around and shoot you.

      • haha, you may very well do this if I lose my path, But as you see here I’m quite firm on having a fair share of depressive, gloomy visions ^^ I keep faith in modernism, in creative mania leading to ‘destruction’ rathen than just a happy, easy way.

  75. Hello refined quotes, thank you for your likes of two of my posts. You have a very polished and thoughtful blog. Best regards, Phil Stanfield

  76. wizelda says:

    You liked one of my posts. Thanks. Without books my life would be very poor indeed and you apparently share this notion. Can’t really get a grip on your blog, though. I’ll follow you for a bit and see if your posts appeal to me. I’m picky about the blogs I follow 🙂

  77. Hello refined quotes, thank you for liking my post ‘Foucault’s Shaped Subject…’ and for following my blog. I look forward to following yours. Like you I value creativity in written words and how they can stimulate and inspire. Best regards, Phil Stanfield

  78. RQ: Glad you liked my qote, please feel free to use it if you desire. I am a HUGE movie buff, so I enjoyed your 100 list (I’ve seen most, but I don’t agree, but that is what Truffault was about neh? (Cahiers du cinéma.)

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