Beachy Head sunrise, East Sussex, England
However it originated, though, the usage of “because-noun” (and of “because-adjective” and “because-gerund”) is one of those distinctly of-the-Internet, by-the-Internet movements of language. It conveys focus (linguist Gretchen McCulloch: “It means something like ‘I’m so busy being totally absorbed by X that I don’t need to explain further, and you should know about this because it’s a completely valid incredibly important thing to be doing’”). It conveys brevity (Carey: “It has a snappy, jocular feel, with a syntactic jolt that allows long explanations to be forgone” “It has a snappy, jocular feel, with a syntactic jolt that allows long explanations to be forgone”).
But it also conveys a certain universality. When I say, for example, “The talks broke down because politics,” I’m not just describing a circumstance. I’m also describing a category. I’m making grand and yet ironized claims, announcing a situation and commenting on that situation at the same time. I’m offering an explanation and rolling my eyes — and I’m able to do it with one little word. Because variety. Because Internet. Because language.
Reblogging. Because linguistics.
The Green Carpet in Jaujac France
Wouldn’t it be nice to have one of those in every city? See what else we have found this week travelling across Russia
~ A graphic memoir illustrates the author’s passionate peaks and plunges as a bipolar artist~
I give it: 8/10
Length: 256 pages
Seattleite cartoonist Ellen Forney may not be incredibly focused in her writing, but she is for sure never a bore.
Many mediums are used to communicate the ideas of this graphic novel: traditional first-person narrative, journal reflections, facial expressions, intimate counseling appointments, tattoos, sketches, movement created through comics, “and occasional side trips into the history of ‘crazy artists’ “ (NY Times).
This allows for much more to be communicated than if Ellen Forney’s storytelling had been limited to traditional text-style. The images help simplify an idea in an efficient way and allow for emotions to be more easily translated.
Slow And Steady
20” x 30” Oil on Canvas
Part of my “Mechanical Romanticism” Solo Art Exhibition
November 22, 2013