Paul Hill of The Rotten Elements has posted a defence of the 'dialectical' prose style Adorno learned from Karl Kraus, along with a sentence which exemplifies this style. Frankly, the sentence reminds me of the bowling of legendary Black Cap Chris Harris, who has just missed out on selection for what would have been his fifth World Cup. Harris, who must be pushing forty by now, was decribed by one commentator as 'bowling so slowly that he passed his own delivery in his follow-through'.
Here are my nominations for best dialectical sentence:
The straw that broke the camel's back
(source: pop. proverb, supposedly relating to Richard Taylor's 'accident' on the jungle gym at Panmure Park)
I don't wanna get stoned, I don't wanna not get stoned
(source: Evan Dando)
Show me all the mysteries of the world, and get me home in time for tea
(source: George Harrison)
One does not step into the same river once
Old houses were scaffolding once and workmen whistling
(source: TE Hulme)
The downpour outside: the ladybirds in the museums
(source: Arthur Cravan)
Heraclitus was only talking about rivers,
or about when a shallow creek running over stone
begins to think that it’s a river.
(Source: Kendrick Smithyman)
Put your own nominations in the comments box.
For the best introduction to dialectics in English or any other known language, go here. Trotsky is also worth reading:
Dialectical thinking is related to vulgar in the same way that a motion picture is related to a still photograph. The motion picture does not outlaw the still photograph but combines a series of them according to the laws of motion.