Category Archive: Lacan

as a matter of fact it’s all dark: cyberpunk, language, and the two worlds

Emma Becciu, one of the most gifted interpreters I’ve ever known, has begun a language & translation blog. A lot of it is in Italian; if you can’t read that, turn on Chrome’s… Continue reading

a la ventura: cassie’s syncopated heart

The genius of the heart who silences all that is loud and self-satisfied, teaching it to listen; who smooths rough souls and lets them taste a new desire — to lie still as… Continue reading

Those Obscene Octuplets

(x-posted to The Valve) Greetings from California, where, as is now very widely known, people do crazy things with the help of doctors, up to and including giving birth to children 7 through… Continue reading

The Haunting Wordsworth: Romantic Poets and Monkeys With Typewriters

(x-posted to The Valve) (UPDATED: I recommend the full text of Ray Davis’s post on the matter, available here.) You might go on extending the list of explanations indefinitely, but you would find,… Continue reading

Gee, Officer Krupke: Disillusionment with Reflexivity

(x-posted to The Valve) (N.B. As I prepare simultaneously for a dissertation that will be grappling with the rise of self-help, and a post about sex and love, I find myself reading a… Continue reading

Taking Exception

Adam Kotsko writes, Take, for example, racism. It is perfectly fair to say that “white people” in the US are racist against African-Americans. The fact that an individual white person does not consciously… Continue reading

There Is No Such Thing As Intelligence

(x-posted to The Valve) The abstract personal definition of “intelligence,” reified in our minds thanks to IQ tests and their derivatives, is a source of social ills and should be abandoned. It impedes… Continue reading

The Assault on Hedonism, Part 1: Plutarch

(x-posted to The Valve) This morning, as I was rummaging in my fridge for celery, tomato juice, and raw eggs, it occurred to me that an all-out attack on the “permissive hedonism” of… Continue reading

Cansei De Ser Sexy and Joss Whedon’s Firefly

CHAZZ: We’re going to dance to one song, and one song only. (sings) My hump, my hump, my lovely lady hump. JIMMY: I don’t even know what that song means! CHAZZ: No-one knows… Continue reading