Preface: A Plutarchian Cauda


Aristotle reports that birds never fly backwards or tail-first.This is not simply a fact of avian ethology, but an exponent of a world’s choreographies, which are unlimited in principle. Thus any exhibition of the resulting world must cohibit these choreographies, i.e. must enclose their series in a finite form itself contributory to those movements. Movements are worldmakers of exactly the sort that worlds make, etching ontogenesis over the earth, by way of which the latter acquires, so to speak, lithic ‘morpholects’ in consequence of what is made of them…