Something Like #48: Great Expectations w/ Bitsy Knox
What is it to feel potential unfold around us? 12 October, 2022

What is it to feel potential unfold around us? What are the sensations of possibility? What should we expect? In this episode of Something Like, we’ll take a page from the Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben and explore the precipice of actuality, potentiality, and its misunderstood sister, impotentiality. Failure, success; let it in, let it out, let it go.

  • As always, thanks to Roger 3000 for Something Like’s jingle
  • Giorgio Agamben’s Potentialities (Stanford University Press, 1999) is available here to read for free.
  • I also read from Inger Christensen’s Alphabet, translated by Susanna Nied (New Directions, 2000), which is available to buy here.


Elkie Brooks, Pearl’s a Singer, Two Days Away, 1977

Swami Kriya Ramananda, City Indigo, Hymn to a New Age, 1981

Orlando Gibbons, What is Our Life, 1612 (performed by the Cambridge Taverner Choir)

John Luther Adams, Four Thousand Holes, 2010

Tiziana Simona (feat. Kenny Wheeler), Kind Folk, Gigolo, 1986

Celia Shepard and Benny Powell, Ceah the Wizard, Video Arts Music, 1987

Zeena Parkins – The Butcher Shop. Dawn. Amalia Is Alone. She Sings Her Thoughts About The Universe, The Opium War, 1999

Toshiyuki Tsuchitori and Ryuichi Sakamoto ‎- Musique Differencielle 1, ディスアポイントメント・ハテルマ, Disappointment-Hateruma, 1976

Luka Aron, Divisions of the Field, Tinctures, 2022

Lindsay Cooper, Uncertainty Principle, Out of Nowhere, Schrödinger’s Cat, 1991

Amirtha Kidambi & Lea Bertucci, Siren Call, End of Softness, 2020

Björk, Allow, Fossora, 2022

Baikida E.J. Carroll, Orange Fish Tears, Orange Fish Tears, 1974

OHYUNG, Symphonies Sweeping, imagine naked! 2022

Patricia Wolf, A Conversation with my Innocence, See-Through, 2021

Sarah Vaughn, Rainy Days and Mondays, Live in Japan, 1975

Montgomery and Turner, Circumstances 2, Sounds Passing Through Circumstances, 2021

Sam Waymon, You’ve Got To Learn To Let it Go, Ganja & Hess soundtrack, 1973