You never receive me apart from the grammar that establishes my availability to you.
Judith Butler, Gender Trouble
There are grammatical errors even in his silence.
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Words too can be wrung from us like a cry from that space which doesn’t seem to be the body nor a metaphor curving into perspective. Rather the thickness silence gains when pressed. The ghosts of grammar veer toward shape while my hopes still lie embedded in a quiet myopia from which they don’t want to arise. The mistake is to look for explanations where we should just watch the slow fuse burning. Nerve of confession. What we let go we let go.
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She whispers in my ear: “Tell me that you wan’ fuck me hard, make me sweat.” In the excitement, she misses out a word. “I want to fuck you so hard that your body drips with sweat,” I say, grammatically.
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Forming grammatically correct sentences is for the normal individual the prerequisite for any submission to social laws. No one is supposed to be ignorant of grammaticality; those who are belong in special institutions. The unity of language is fundamentally political.
There should be a writing of non-writing. Someday it will come. A brief writing, without grammar, a writing of words alone. Words without supporting grammar. Lost. Written, there. And immediately left behind.
Marguerite Duras, from Writing