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There a quite a few interesting philosophy and theory conferences coming up in the next few months so I thought I’d do a post here: Feminism, Science and Materialism Feb 14-15, 2013 Keynote: Karen Barad CUNY, NYC 1000 w abstracts due November 1, 2012 Duquesne Graduate Conference in Philosophy (Philosophy and Nature) Feb 23, 2013 […]


When Facebook’s new Timeline look was announced a few months back a brilliantly funny video lampooned it by taking a clip from Mad Men where Don Draper is doing a presentation on Kodak’s new photograph slide show device. In the episode the Eastman-Kodak execs want to call the device the wheel harping on the fact […]


The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities ed by Jeff and Ann Vandermeer is now available. “After the death of Dr. Thackery T. Lambshead at his house in Wimpering-on-the-Brook, England, a remarkable discovery was unearthed: the remains of an astonishing cabinet of curiosities. Many of these artifacts, curios, and wonders related to anecdotes and stories […]


Strip away the theological glow (leave the clouds and specters) and is medieval thought primarily that of the weirdness of  the inorganic? The chronological uprooting (present in the very term postmediaeval) nods to the medieval as a type of other worlding in various forms of nerdiness, particularly in games. There is a twisted elemental mediaevalism […]


Curiosities

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The table of contents and cover design for Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s The Thackery  T Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities. The general description is as follows: “A showcase for some of the world’s greatest imaginations, copiously illustrated… A stunning find beneath the famed Dr. Thackery T. Lambshead’s house years after his death: a basement space lost […]


Timothy Morton’s Ecology without Nature is a fairly disappointing text. In many ways it reads like notes on postmodern theory which vaguely concern nature or, more specifically the aesthetics of nature. As Paul has noted here Morton’s classification of nature leaves something to be desired as he calls nature transcendental (14) and furthermore that nature […]


/1/ – Setting the terms Background – the term itself invokes at least two meanings: one temporal, the other spatial. In the former, one’s background is indicative of history ancient (a family’s background) and more recent (a background check). In the latter it is purely functional (what is behind the subject supporting it) or more […]


/1/ – At Century’s turn The very concept of the turn of the century, whether rendered in English or the French fin de siècle, is tethered to one particular time: the shift from the 19th to the 20th century. This temporal lurch appears more drastic then any other because of the technological advances of the […]


/1/ – Exaltation of the Ordinary What is so terribly strange about the musical film? Musicals, on one level or another, seem to sensationalize the mundane (to borrow a phrase from a friend), they galvanize the sad pointless tidbits of existence. Jacques Demy’s The Umbrellas of Cherbourg goes even beyond this in that instead of […]


/1/ – Graphic novel or comic book? The idea of a field like comic book studies (which is a not really established field within another not really established field – Popular Culture Studies) might appear pretty laughable even to non-academics, or more serious lit folks who thumb their noses at comics in general. Comics, for […]



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