Category Archive: Derrida

Contradisciplinary Presents: Spike Jonze’s HER

An hour’s chat with Sherwin Siy about all the complex issues raised by the movie HER. Sorry about the false start — we started streaming mid-conversation about Joaquin’s red shirt — but then we… Continue reading

The Codes Are Alright: On “Code-Switching” And Facebook

Let us now turn from the others to the point of view of the individual who presents himself before them…. Regardless of the particular objective which the individual has in mind and of… Continue reading

yeshe chölwa

At theology camp, it was important to seem busy, so we were — the days were just packed. We would have breakfast at seven, woken up by reggae versions of non-reggae songs. Breakfast… Continue reading

R.I.P. “proto-modernism”

If you’ve ever taken a college-level English course on literature written before 1900, the odds are pretty good that you’ve encountered a strange beast known as “the proto-modernist text.” Very often, this is… Continue reading

In Which Our Hero Resolves The Question of Nature vs. Nurture

(x-posted to The Valve, of course) Nature versus nurture, Lodge. Nature always wins. –Secretary William Cleary, Wedding Crashers Jenny Davidson’s new book of cultural criticism, entitled Breeding: A Partial History of the Eighteenth… Continue reading

The Shape of Things To Come: On ‘Literary Thinking and the New Left’

(x-posted to The Valve) What follows may appear to be a discussion of the 1960s in America; it is not. Reading through Sean McCann and Michael Szalay’s indispensable essay “Do You Believe in… Continue reading

Look Back In Anger: The Death of Literary Studies

(x-posted to The Valve) Amardeep Singh at The Valve drew my attention to this article by William Deresiewicz, writing for The Nation, and also to the outstanding response written by CR and posted… Continue reading

The Return of the SoCal Bloggers: Tomemos, Uncomplicatedly, Girl Detective, Surlacarte

Dear readers, Happy new year! Blogging is a reflection of brick-and-mortar communities, and it creates and sustains new communities of its own. Discussions begin through blogging that could never have happened otherwise, and… Continue reading

The Best and Worst of Intellectual Blogs 2007

(x-posted to The Valve) What a very long year it’s been. It’s been a year shaped by the evolution of political discourse in this country and around the world. Here, as people grew… Continue reading

Academic Blogging Revisited

(x-posted to The Valve) Dear readers, It’s been a little more than a year since I began blogging under my own name, began contributing to The Valve, and generally took my first steps… Continue reading