Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Sadly, The Wit of the Staircase is no more

Theresa Duncan - one time video game designer - now social critic and film-maker ran a rather quirky, offbeat and at times just plain crazy blog called The Wit of the Staircase. Sadly, on July 10th she took her own life. The sadness became further compounded when her longtime companion - artist Jeremy Blake appears to have followed her a week later by walking into the Atlantic off Long Island.

I had followed her blog and exchanged emails with Theresa a few times. The last time, as she had a fascination with the Masons, to tell her about the research about the Manitoba Legislature having been built to Masonic principles - the Masons were just one of her many quirky interests. As the NY Times reports, "She listed her interests, as “film, philology, Vietnam War memorabilia, rare and discontinued perfume, book collecting, philately, card and coin tricks, futurism, Napoleon Bonaparte, the history of electricity.” - along with an interest in radical Episcopalianism...

Here is one of her last blog posts:

Our Order From Their Chaos

"A child in the dark, gripped with fear, comforts himself by singing under his breath. He walks and halts to his song. Lost, he takes shelter, or orients himself with his little song as best he can. The song is like a rough sketch of a calming and stabilizing, calm and stable, center in the heart of chaos. Perhaps the child skips as he sings, hastens or slows his pace. But the song itself is already a skip: it jumps from chaos to the beginnings of order in chaos and is in danger of breaking apart at any moment..."
--Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

(Above, Christian Schad, Shadogrophie)

Simply very, very sad.

1 comment:

Formerly Fooled said...

Yes, so sad.......

It's nice to see such a thoughtful response. Thanks for sharing this.