heavily Lacanian...

concerning philosophy, psychology, psychoanalysis, anthropology, linguistics, history, and antiquity. subtopics: jouissance, sexuality, gender, sexuation, creativity, lack, divided subjectivity, identification, ideology, being, death and becoming.

sometimes original poetry (but shhh)

if it's not quoted, it's [being] written by me.


What does Lacan say about everything?

My next weekend workshop:

"Demystifying Demystification: The Mystification in the Demystification of the Demystified Mystification"

Maybe ‘wisdom’ somewhere in there too. And ‘sacred’.

"In The Ego and the Id Freud argues that narcissism must give way to objects,and that one must finally love in order not to fall ill."

- Judith Butler (via alterities)

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"To struggle against capital, the working class must struggle against itself as capital. This is the greatest point of contradiction, not for workers but for the capitalists…. The working class, today, has only to look at itself in order to destroy capital. It must recognize itself as a political power. It must negate itself as a production force."

- Mario Tronti, Operai e capitale (Workers and Capital) 1966 (via dagwolf)

"A thinker sees his own actions as experiments and questions—as attempts to find out something. Success and failure are for him answers above all."

- Friedrich Nietzsche (via psych-quotes)

"true sexual intimacy is […] achieved when […] I expose myself far more radically to my partner when I disclose the intimacy of my enjoyment to his or her gaze that maintains a distance towards me, […] when I let him or her observe me during masturbation. […] Perhaps this is why Brecht had a preference for non-simultaneous orgasm: first you, so that I can observe you, and then you can observe me reaching my climax."

- Slavoj Zizek, 1994 (via alterities)



“Usually, people read the lesson of Freudian psychoanalysis as if the secret meaning of everything is sexuality. But this is not what Freud wants to say.
I think Freud wants to say the exact opposite.

In sexuality, it’s never only me and my partner, or more partners, whatever you are doing. It’s always…There has to be always some fantasmatic element. There has to be some third imagined element which enables me, to engage in sexuality.

So why does the Matrix need our energy? I think the proper way to ask this question is to turn it around. Not why does the Matrix need the energy, but why does the energy need the Matrix? That is to say, since I think that the energy we are talking about is libido, is our pleasure, why does our libido need the virtual universe of fantasies? Why can’t we simply enjoy it directly, a sexual partner and so on?

That’s the fundamental question. Why do we need this virtual supplement? Our libido needs an illusion in order to sustain itself.”

—Slavoj Zizek – The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema

(Source: lolshevik)

"The civilizing mission can be redescribed as a happiness mission. For happiness to become a mission, the colonized other must first be deemed unhappy. The imperial archive can be considered as an archive of unhappiness. Colonial knowledges constitute the other as not only an object of knowledge, a truth to be discovered, but as being unhappy, as lacking the qualities or attributes required for a happier state of existence."

- Sara Ahmed, The Promise of Happiness  (via takhtee)

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"So far as we feel sympathy, we feel we are not accomplices to what caused the suffering. Our sympathy proclaims our innocence as well as our impotence. To that extent, it can be (for all our good intentions) an impertinent –if not inappropriate– response. To set aside the sympathy we extend to others beset by war and murderous politics for a reflection on how our privileges are located on the same map as their suffering, and may –in ways we might prefer not to imagine– be linked to their suffering, as the wealth of some may imply the destitution of others, is a task for which the painful, stirring images supply only an initial spark."

- Susan Sontag, Regarding the Pain of Others (via afghangry)

(Source: vul-va)


i see no reason to support the institutions that alienate us from our work through class and wages. i can be of two minds here. teach yet seek to abolish the school. when i seek collaboration, i seek the disruption of the status they seek. what status? the fashionable marxist aesthetes aren’t capable of much more than lines in agreement with contracts, peerage, and deference: a different kind of collective bargaining. there’s fashion and then there’s after-a-fashion. most fans of vanguardism always take after a fashion. where did you go to school. whose workshops were you in. from where did you come. droppings. subtle privileges expressed. all these drive the consumption of text. the state becomes a necessity. democratic planning of verse. concentrated audience. citing buddies. favors. regressive fawning appeals to late authority. all to produce a private space to greedily write. such an artist can only work for themselves among few friends. and they’ll chuck overboard whomever attempts to rock the small boat.

"In truth, all concepts, even the philosophical ones, refer to nonconceptualities, because concepts on their part are moments of the reality that requires their formation, primarily for the control of nature."

- Theodor W. Adorno, Negative Dialectics (via anthropologeist)