Stanley Cavell, Little Did I Know: Excerpts from Memory | Photo: Jonathan VanAntwerpen

“How in the world would I at this stage know what ‘complete telling’ means here? Much more interesting is the felt need to tell, and the picture of completion that the need invokes. And haven’t I repeatedly discovered that the writing I care about most can be understood as letting death into the room? — in other words, letting each sentence bear what finitude can bring to it then and there, and await developments; not, that is, defer developments, as if all that writing required was the power of unfolding implication rather than that of inviting surprises, and not ones prepared by a future but ones creating the future.”

from Stanley Cavell’s Little Did I Know: Excerpts from Memory