Heller Levinson and I met at Willy's Bar and Grill on Upper East Side in Manhattan to talk about hinge theory. Staff was gracious and did not mind that we had our long interview first and waited to eat. We both forwent drinks, sticking to water. We began with an application to put practice into action and to break the ice. Levinson said, Let us use with as the pivot.”
“Sure, with celebrity, works with that.” I said.
That led to bulbs flashing and purple irises.
We then tried another.
"With arson," Levinson said.
"Embers," I replied and thus we jump-started our interview.
Levinson's lust for this theory has taken on a life of its own, as has the hinge process. He is utterly and hopelessly consumed by it or perhaps it is the other way round, and the theory has consumed him and he has become part of its core. I love being an observer of passion. True passion feels me. When someone has passion and conveys that passion, it is contagious.
I am jumping a bit here and want to explore this organically without explaining what the theory is about, would like to begin where the passion lies, and that is in the possibility of causal effects triggered by using the applications of hinge theory in our daily lives. The dream is that hinge theory and its applications will have limitless effects on world peace, and creating cogent solutions in musical arrangements with the universe. Now that I have got my passion under control I can move on to discuss hinge and its applications.
Hinge is not reducible to smaller denominations; it is expandable. The title of Levinson's book, Smelling Mary became clear as we spoke. Smelling is one of our six senses and is also investigative. We smell to explore and learn. Heller's entire world is hinged on creating a new linguistic universe composed of modules (which are the pivots like with above). If we use language to cure our lives by expanding, enriching, enhancing and embellishing, our universe is a didactic dialogue. It gives us tools to use language cogently with complexity. It is a stimulating mental exercise that is also instinctual.
If we stop to analyze the experience while we are practicing we may lose the preciosity of the moment. If we follow the flow organically, for example, navigating the circulating pulmonary rotators the hinge process is an investigative expansive living entity. Levinson explained how he and Michael Annis, the discoverers of hinge, experimented by translating hinge applications to Spanish using experienced translators. Then they translated back to English to see that the applications proved their theory in terms of expansiveness and practicality.