Archive for the ‘Lacan’ Category

If sexual difference has been relegated to symbolic functions, and to speech in particular, how is the masculine to survive, as exceptional in the above formulation, without simply resorting to a flaccid internalization as it seems to have done in the figure of the dumb husband? To connect this to the cultural (and to a […]


Rachel and I have found ourselves consistently confused by the unavoidable coupling of the dumb husband and nagging wife found throughout the television-scape. Our consensus is that post-sexual revolution, men and women found themselves in a situation where masculinity has become infantalized and femininity has become powerful only in stereotypical mother roles and thus men […]


It would be hard not to notice the numerous rapid descents in the Dark Knight which, while uncommon for filmic representations of superheroes, seem particularly frantic and well done. I would argue that this is indicative of the film’s content as well as its form: the Dark Knight is not so much the recognizable ‘descent […]


Of the various terms that Francois Laruelle utilizes in his non-philosophy, none is odder than cloning. Non-philosophical cloning is the performative method by which and from which, the stranger (or alien-subject) utilizes the transcendental material which comprises the world in order to foster new decisions and break current philosophical horizons. Where all philosophical thought according […]


Katerina Kolozova’s The Real and the “I” is a brilliant text which complicates Francois Laruelle’s non-philosophy with post-structuralist feminist theory, psychoanalysis, and various continental philosophies. Like Brassier’s Nihil Unbound, Kolozova’s project is a heretical reading of Laruelle’s philsopy which, while maintaining the basic tenets of his system (unilateral duality, vision in one, the Real, transcendence […]


Let us make a decision – cut one half of the vicious fluid from the other – for our purposes slime is an organic substance and is different from waste in that waste is what the organic sheds to shed whereas slime harbors a stronger claim to the core of the organism – it’s functions […]


Following Nick of The Accursed Share’s brilliant remarks on Brassier’s reading of Deleuze, I wish to return to the following passage from Nihil Unbound: “In Zizek’s Hegelianism, the subject achieves its autonomy by retroactively positing/reintegrating its own contingent material determinants: freedom is the subjective necessity of objective contingency. But by dissolving the idea of a […]


Several points in the post are indebted to discussions here and here. Derrida’s notion of language play and the purported death of the transcendental signifier seems to have anchored narratology, as it is understood in cultural studies and many veins of literary studies, in the swamp of post-structuralism. Furthermore, the phenomenological and post-Kantian articulation of […]


Leaky Economy

16Apr08

The following is a nervously humorous exchange from No Country for Old Men: “Chigurh: What’s the most you’ve ever lost on a coin toss? Proprietor: Sir? Chigurh: The most. You ever lost. On a coin toss. Proprietor: I don’t know. I couldn’t say. Chigurh: Call it. Proprietor: Call it? Chigurh: Yes. Proprietor: Well – we […]


One of the well known interpretations of Marx’s notion of surplus value is as the added value produced by labor that essentially haunts the object, that hangs about the object and acts as an index to the discrepancy of social relations between owners and workers. As a aura, surplus value represents the extra labor which is not accounted […]



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