Castles made of sand

volume 1, number 1
February, 2001
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How does one begin? How does one begin something like this - this introduction, this journal – but also how does one begin in general? Should we start from scratch? Set out a profile, dig the foundations, lay them in concrete and steel? Starting with the cornerstone, lay bricks on top of a stable foundation then layer by layer build our construction, our edifice, our monument – an abode where weary travellers on the road to critical enlightenment can lay their heads to rest? Of course, before we build, we need a plan, so perhaps we should begin with the architect’s blueprints – back to the drawing board. From there, maybe we can organize the whole project properly. Lay it all out in advance, a perfect form which we then only need to impose on unruly matter: timber, bricks, concrete, steel.