‘Toward a Vegetal Wisdom’ – An essay on the writings of E.M. Cioran

For those few who enjoy the aphoristic nihilism of Cioran, Paul Stubbs essay is at once informing and elegant proof of that solitary’s position in the canon of dark minds…

Paul Stubbs, poet




‘I once imagined that I was the most lucid man on earth’—E.M. Cioran


Perhaps the only universe that man understands is the one that by him is most misunderstood. E.M. Cioran, a chronicler of impotence, and an iconoclast, proved himself to be independent of all superfluous discussions of reality, contemplating as he did only the world in which ‘man’ was a diversion. Brandishing scepticism like a knife, and possessing an aggressive lucidity, he rose up above himself to circle and circle like a vulture the entrails of his every superseded word. A post-posthumous thinker, Cioran was betrayed by every lexiconical universe that he himself never wrote into existence. ‘Haven’t people learned yet that the time of superficial intellectual games is over, that agony is infinitely more important than syllogism, that a cry of despair is more revealing than the most subtle thought, and…

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