By Phil Percs
There remains the particular character of the disjunctions in the passage, which are especially well-chosen. "Uncannily shriveled or compressed" surely does not mean that in some cases there was shriveling and in other cases compression. Although I have called these passages "disjunctions," that is true only in the grammatical sense. The two terms of a Lovecraftian disjunction never offer a choice between one or the other, but reveal both choices to be completely inadequate expressions of a single phenomenon. What the cows undergo is neither shriveling nor compression, but something found in a painful no-man's-land between the two, just as foreign to normal experience as the colour that does not belong among the known tints of the earth. As for 'collapses or disintegrations," these might seem more closely akin. But when referring to the death of an organic being, both are so equally terrible that the effect is of two neighboring but distinct explosions.
- Graham Harman