Party Bibliography, is a growing compillation of readings, quotes and definitions that work as  a resource for individuals interested in investigating  the topic of this year’s Critical Halloween costume party “On Banality, On Metaphor”.


From the use of metaphor as a simple communication device, to metaphor as one of the creative tools for the production of new work, we will be collecting some of the exisiting thoughts in the archives of history and knowledge through a series of texts that might shed some light on the articulation of thoughts, costumes and critique.


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“Metaphor is a matter of imaginative rationality… Metaphors are capable of creating new understandings and, therefore, new realities… Metaphor is not merely a matter of language; it is a matter of conceptual structure. And conceptual structure is not merely a matter of the intellect -it involves all the natural dimensions of our experience, including aspects of our sense experience: color, shape, texture, sound, etc” Lakoff-Johnson, Metaphors we live by. p.253






-Alejandro Zaera Polo, Sylvia Lavin, Jeffrey Kipnis, Quaderns d’arquitectura i urbanisme 245 / 2005 “About communications: the Hokusai wave'”, Conversations with cocktails”, ” What we need here is failure to communicate!,”


-Baudelaire, Charles. The Mirror of Art. London: Phaidon, 1955.


-Bernstein, Charles. “The Book as Architecture” in My Way. Chicago, 1999.


-Borges, Jorges Luis. “The Metaphor” This Craft of Verse. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Un. Press, 2000.


-Brant, Sebastion. Ship of Fools. [1494] E. H. Zeydel, trans. Dover, 1944.


-Brown, Denise Scott. Having Words. London: AA, 2009.


-Chesterton, G. K., “About Bad Metaphors” in On Lying in Bed and Other Essays.Calgary: Bayeux Arts, 2000.


-Cooke, Lynne. Lawrence Weiner. Dia Art Foundation. New York City, 1991.


-Conrads, Ulrich. Programs and Manifestoes on 20th Century Architecture. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1970.


-Derrida, Jacques. Margins of philosophy / Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1982. [White Mythology] p.207-273


-Derrida, Jacques. Of Grammatology / Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997. [The originary Metaphor] p.270-280


-Empson, William. “Metaphor” in The Structure of Complex Words. Cambridge, Mass.:Harvard University Press, 1951.


-Foucault, Michel. This is not a Pipe. 1968.


-Forty, Adrian,1948- Words and buildings : a vocabulary of modern architecture / New York, N.Y. : Thames & Hudson, 2000.[Language metaphors] p.63-84


-Frye, Northrop. Myth and Metaphor. University of Virginia Press, 1990.


-Jarry, Alfred. Supermale; and Adventures in ‘Pataphysics. Atlas Press 2001.


-Kahn, Louis. Louis Kahn: Essential Texts. Norton, 2003.


-Leatherbarrow, David. Architecture Oriented Otherwise. New York: Princeton University Press, 2009.


-Lurii ͡ a, A. R.(Aleksandr Romanovich),1902-1977. The mind of a mnemonist : a little book about a vast memory / Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1987, c1968.


Mayakovsky, Vladimir. The Bedbug and Selected Poetry. Meridian, 1960.


-Miller, Henry. “The Enormous Womb”, in The Wisdom of the Heart. New Directions, 1941.


Richards, I.A. The Meaning of Meaning [1923]. Orlando: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1989.


-Ricoeur, Paul. The Rule of Metaphor.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press,  1977.


-Sacks, Sheldon. On Metaphor. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978.


-Simic, Charles. “New York Days” in The Renegade. Braziller, 2009.

__________. “Assembly Required” in Orphan Factory. Ann Arbor, 1997.

__________. “Notes on Poetry and Philosophy”, Wonderful Words, Silent Truth. Ann Arbor, 1990.


-Sontag, Susan,1933-2004. Against interpretation and other essays / New York : Octagon Books, 1978, c1966. p.1-36


Stevens, Wallace, Collected Poetry and Prose. Library of America, 1997.


-Thompson, D’Arcy Wentworth,1860-1948. On growth and form, / Cambridge [Eng.] : The University Press ; New York : Macmillan, 1948.


Zijderveld, Anton. On Clichés: The Supersedure of Meaning by Function in Modernity. Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979.


-Zwicky, Jan. Wisdom & Metaphor. CITY: Gaspereau, 2003.

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