Stumbled on an Adorno essay on punctuation marks over at Ubuweb. Since I’ve been spending most of my time writing up my thesis much of the essay resonated, particularly this bit at end, which I’m gonna make into a back tat:
The Writer is in a permanent predicament when it comes to punctuation marks; if one were fully aware while writing, one would sense the impossibility of every using a mark of punctuation correctly and would give up writing all together. For the requirements of the rules of punctuation and those of subjective need for logic and expression are not compatible; in punctuation marks the check the writer draws on is refused payment.The writer cannot trust in the rules, which are often rigid and crude; nor can he ignore them without indulging in a kind of eccentricity and doing harm to their nature by calling attention to what is inconspicuous-and inconspicuousness is what punctuation lives by. But if, on the other hand, he is serious, he may not sacrifice any part of his aim to the universal, for no writer today can completely identify with anything universal;he does so only at the price of affecting the archaic.The conflict must be endured each time, and one needs either a lot of strength or a lot of stupidity not to lose heart.