Meditation for Saturday of Week 29 in the season of Ripening:   

Vision

Marshall McLuhan

Vision pertains to scope. The wise person can see for a long distance, metaphorically. Usually the ideal is stated in reference to time but it may also be stated in spatial scope, as when a person can visualize national political strategies in a complex electorate.

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REAL

True Narratives

Marshall McLuhan foretold the future, not by clairvoyance but by paying careful attention to what was unfolding. Famously, he said “the medium is the message” but more significantly he predicted the dehumanizing effects that emerging communications media would have. Here is the vision in McLuhan’s words: Videos of McLuhan:
James Madison "is deservedly remembered as 'the Father of the Constitution" . . . the principal . . . author of what would become our Bill of Rights and the prime organizer of the Jeffersonian Republican party". The "Father of Politics" "lived in his head, but his head was always concerned with making his cherished thoughts real."
Non-fiction works by Norman Mailer (see Fiction section on this page).
  • Norman Mailer, The Armies of the Night: History As a Novel, The Novel As History (1968).
  • Norman Mailer, A Fire On the Moon (1970).
  • Norman Mailer, The Fight (1975).
  • Norman Mailer, Some Honorable Men (1976).
  • Norman Mailer, Pieces and Pontifications (1982).
  • Norman Mailer, Portrait of Picasso As a Young Man (1996).
  • Norman Mailer, Oswald’s Tale (1996).
  • Norman Mailer, The Time of Our Time (1998).
James Joyce had extraordinary literary vision for his time. From the dark side, on what happens when nations fail to plan:

Documentary and Educational Films

Imaginary

Visual Arts

Fictional Narratives

Norman Mailer wrote with a visionary zeal for the society and culture in which he would like to live, as though he could build it through his fiction.
  • Norman Mailer, The Naked and the Dead (1948).
  • Norman Mailer, Barbary Shore (1951).
  • Norman Mailer, The Deer Park (1955).
  • Norman Mailer, The White Negro (1957).
  • Norman Mailer, Advertisements for Myself (1959).
  • Norman Mailer, An American Dream (1964).
  • Norman Mailer, Cannibals and Christians (1966).
  • Norman Mailer, The Prisoner of Sex (1971).
  • Norman Mailer, The Transit of Narcissus (1978).
  • Norman Mailer, Of Women and Their Elegance (1980).
  • Norman Mailer, A Small and Modest Malignancy (1982).
  • Norman Mailer, Ancient Evenings (1983).
  • Norman Mailer, Tough Guys Don’t Dance (1983).
  • Norman Mailer, Harlot’s Ghost (1991).
  • Norman Mailer, The Gospel According to the Son (1997).
Dave Eggers writes with a similar sense of vision in “a much more sober, humbled, craft-loving time” than Mailer’s.

Film and Stage

Music: Composers, artists, and major works

John Fahey transcended blues and country traditions through his vision of what the genres might be. Employing classical techniques, he created a distinctive art form rich in its simplicity, yet sparse owing to Fahey use of the steel guitar. R. Strauss, Don Quixote, Op. 35 (performances by Kempe/Tortelier, Feuermann/Ormandy, Maisky/Sawallisch, Rostropovich/Ozawa, Barenboim and Hanousek/Kuchar)

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