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Having no specific or planned ending or outcome. We decided to leave things open-ended, in case we were both in a position to get back together at some point in the future. These are open-ended conversations, meant more to generate ideas than a concrete plan.
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His steady insistence on ambiguity and complexity, not only in social action but in the legal practice that, he argues, gave it structure, results in an open-endedness, a resistance not only to closure but even conclusion, that will make some readers yearn for a bit more "neatness," more "confidence in our reading of history," even more "naivete" in discerning patterns and purposes in social behavior.
The individual male self, the self of Eli, struggles for a symbolic kind of discursive freedom in an evil present that would destroy him; the open-endedness of language as a symbol of liminal status is crucial in the struggle for freedom.
As The Signifying Monkey itself makes very clear in its discourse on Esu and the deity's untetherable indeterminacy and open-endedness, whenever there is any attempt to congeal identities - such as could be read from Gates's construction of binarisms - Esu unfailingly lies in ambush, sharpening h(is)er deconstructive arrows.
Although clearly installed to relate to one another in the space, the beach chairs, umbrellas, and trash cans seemed to suggest endless possibilities for repositioning, reflecting both the open-endedness of Boyce's hints at a narrative and the repeatability across the globe of this ultimately mundane scenario.
Like much of Mir's work, the project's structural open-endedness evokes a spirit of friendly egalitarianism, conjuring a sprawling network of mutual interest that we all might conceivably join, either simply as viewers or by actually submitting our own suggestions to an e-mail address provided on the handout.
What I liked best about the project, perhaps, was the open-endedness of it--announced as a seminar and a poster project above all, which removed emphasis from simple objectness.
"Are We There Yet?" was a closely orchestrated essay on open-endedness, the ordinariness of the infinite, and the perennial quandaries of repetition, contradiction, and deferral.
What is important to these artists is that meaning can still be generated through making: that the image, precisely through its incompletion and open-endedness, may contain the capacity to reconnect rather than alienate.
If the frustrating open-endedness of interpretation, interminable and futile, remains central to all of Kelley's work, the recent show succeeds where ars poetica failed because of its big visual impression.
In our own time, with its particular fixation on blending old and new, tales appear to accept certain shift-inducing aspects, such as excess, open-endedness, proliferating realities, and kitsch.
One dimension of the beauty of this vision is its mysterious open-endedness. As the First Letter of John says, "What we shall be has not yet been revealed" (1 John 3:2).
The lessons are meant to allow for personal expression, open-endedness, integration of cognitive knowledge and emotions, and fun.
The next generation of lawyers probably wants more flexibility and open-endedness. If you don't offer them a diverse workplace, they will find it somewhere else.
The EU has given this country a choice: either Parliament accepts the negotiated agreement, with all its faults, imprecision and open-endedness, in which case we will be have until 22 May to dot some "i"s and cross some "t"s; or, by 12 April, we come up with a credible alternative plan that would buy us more time but also require us to take part in the European elections in May - a democratic opportunity that we should embrace.