To see a snake is to also think of the way a snake slithers out of its skin, the way it has to rub its skin against something hard so that the skin begins to loosen and also the ay the snake must generate sufficient new skin so that the old might be left behind. To see a snake is to think of the way the snake's eyes glaze over and it might not be able to see for a bit because there it is, getting new skin, getting rid of the old, lost in the process of becoming something else. I decided the question posed by this book is, Are you going to be the snake or are you going to be the snake's cast-off skin?
They drove south of Denton into deep-green country. There were pastures abandoned to mesquite and juniper, places of sudden starkness, a burning glare, a single squat tree, burled and grim. The sky towered unbearably here.
"...the idea that "cutting one's roots" is absolutely essential to "renewal" [although perhaps Edelman also rejects renewal], but this does not mean forgetting what Edelman calls "the deadly past," although it does mean, I think, letting go of the idea that the past is "fixed" somehow--it is no more rooted, no more "fixed," than we ourselves are in time. It does not mean refusing the future, just actively "producing" it in a different way."