Introduction to strountes and waste books!

Struontes is a word used by Swedish poet Gunnar Ekelöf for a collection of poems. The word is somehow related to the english word "strunt" which refers to liquor; or to swagger. In Swedish the word strunt means rubbish, trash, nonsense.

In Strountes (1955), a Frenchification (?) of the Swedish expression "strunt" (nonsense), Ekelöf continued his attack on literary conventions which he started in his first book. He examined meaning and meaninglessness, and showed with his puns how nonsense has much sense, and how irrational and poor our language can be. Source: http:// www. kirjasto.

Another Swedish writer Carl Jonas Love Almqvist found it very hard to write "strountes", nonsense. I find it very easy. Just being as stupid as possible helps. The brain is very fast and our body and our common sense is sluggish and conservative. So either you go to sleep and immerse (or i-merz) your self in dreams or take algolagnic drugs. These two activity short surcuit your logic thinking. But when your are asleep you are not conscious of of what´s going and if you take drugs your organism will take some heavy beating. But there is a third way: Go dumb! Go stupid! Do not try to be clever! In other words stop making sense. But to let your associations run amok and couple with the least likely counterpart you got to let the mind go, go as fast as thought it self. This is the only way to be free of the material circumstances in which you live your dally life.

Ekelöf is an eccelent poet, but the real hero of this section of the site is Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742 –1799) German physicists, mathematician, astronomer, and satirical writer, best-known for his aphorisms he collected in his notebooks (waste books). Lichtenberg has been admired by such writers and philosophers as Goethe, Nietzsche, Schopenhaeur, Tolstoy, and Wittgenstein. Goethe once said: "We may use Lichtenberg’s writings as the most wonderful dowsing rod: wherever he makes a joke, there a problem lies hidden." In his notebooks Lichtenberg examined unsystematically a wide variety of subjects, from society and philosophical questions to psychology and art and literature. Source: http://www.kirjasto. lichten.htm The are of course differnet kinds of wasten and differnet kind of waste books. While browsning the net I found this sales blurb on waste

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Lichtenbergs concept was not to throw away waste, but rather to collect, revaluate and cultivate it. A compilation of Lichtenberg Waste books are published by New York Review of books. I strongly recommend it. In swedish the are books published on his Waste books but you can only find them on the second hand market. Try out:

There is also a novel about Lichtenberg (which I haven't read yet) called Lichtenberg and the Little Flower Girl written by Gert and Michael Hofmann.

You can find many Lichtenberg aphorisms on the net. Go to the link page and you'll find links to his qoutes and to information about Lichtenberg himself.

One forefather of the Lichtenberg Sudel Bücher (waste books) is Johannes Bureus ((1568-1652) Director-general of the national archives in Sweden. His note books are compile in the book which goes under the name Sumlen. "Sumlen" is a word invented by Bureus and means something like a collection. Bureus refered to his book as kladdeboken min" (my scribble book).Sumlen contains collected reserch, traveloges, passing fancys, dreams and every day observations. To be continued. Look out for notes of "revisions" on the index page, the page with "the scream" equipped with 3-d goggles.










Introduction, Strountes, Mainpage, Mainpage, Mainpage, Mainpage,
There are truths that are singularly shy and ticklish and cannot be caught except suddenly – that must be surprised or left alone. Nietzsche Sometimes you have to where 3-d goggles.''
This is from a puppet play based on texts by Lichtenberg and Gogol
the little big Sumlen