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Entries from March 2019

An acquired taste

March 31st, 2019 · No Comments

“It is no use pretending that in an age like our own, ‘good’ poetry can have any genuine popularity. It is, and must be, the cult of a very few people, the least tolerated of the arts. Perhaps that statement needs a certain amount of qualification. True poetry can sometimes be acceptable to the mass […]

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Tags: George Orwell · Lit & Crit

Would you like another cup of tea, dear

March 30th, 2019 · No Comments

“No passion is stronger in the breast of man than the desire to make others believe as he believes. Nothing so cuts at the root of his happiness and fills him with rage as the sense that another rates low what he prizes high.” – Virginia Woolf, Orlando

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Virginia Woolf

Cosmo commies

March 29th, 2019 · No Comments

“All left-wing parties in the highly industrialized countries are at bottom a sham, because they make it their business to fight against something which they do not really wish to destroy. They have internationalist aims, and at the same time they struggle to keep up a standard of life with which those aims are incompatible.” […]

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Tags: Economics · George Orwell · Politics & Law

Men with men with guns

March 28th, 2019 · No Comments

“No one, in our time, believes in any sanction greater than military power; no one believes that it is possible to overcome force except by greater force. There is no ‘Law’, there is only power. I am not saying that that is a true belief, merely that it is the belief which all modern men […]

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Tags: George Orwell · Politics & Law

Who you gonna call

March 27th, 2019 · No Comments

“In the long run—it is important to remember that it is only in the long run—the working class remains the most reliable enemy of Fascism, simply because the working-class stands to gain most by a decent reconstruction of society. Unlike other classes or categories, it can’t be permanently bribed. To say this is not to […]

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Tags: George Orwell · Politics & Law

Hold your nose and pass the ammunition

March 26th, 2019 · No Comments

“One of the essential experiences of war is never being able to escape from disgusting smells of human origin.” – George Orwell, “Looking Back on the Spanish War”

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They’re not like us

March 25th, 2019 · No Comments

“Dark came and I asked him what the trees do at night. ‘The sick ones cry,’ he said. ‘And the well?’ ‘The well cry for the sick.’ “ – Michael Hurley, “Saint Francis’ Last Day”

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Verandah

Be careful or you’ll be a writer

March 24th, 2019 · No Comments

“The most ordinary movements in the world, such as sitting down at a table and pulling the inkstand towards one, may agitate a thousand odd, disconnected fragments, now bright, now dim, hanging and bobbing and dipping and flaunting, like the underlinen of a family of fourteen on a line in a gale of wind. Instead […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Virginia Woolf

A rare find

March 23rd, 2019 · No Comments

“What you hope for, from a person sitting next to you on a train, is that he will be thin and will not smell.” – Lydia Davis, “Excerpts from a 1985 Diary”

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Lydia Davis

A gift for the city

March 22nd, 2019 · No Comments

“In making itself the Trojan Horse of worldwide domination, desire has emptied itself of everything that smacked of domesticity, cosiness, privacy. The precondition of totalitarian reconfiguration of what is desirable has been its autonomy from every real object and all particular content. In learning to train itself on essences, desire has become, despite itself, an […]

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Tags: Economics · Tiqqun

No mo botox

March 21st, 2019 · No Comments

“When the Young-Girl has exhausted all artifice, there is one final artifice left for her: the renunciation of artifice. But this last one really is the final one.” – Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl (emphasis in original)

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Tiqqun

Seducing sexbots

March 20th, 2019 · No Comments

“The spread of the seduction relation into all social activities signals the death of whatever was still living within it. The spread of simulation is also what renders seduction more and more obviously impossible. Now is the time of the greatest unhappiness, the streets filled with heartless sensualists, seducers mourning for seduction, the corpses of […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Tiqqun

You sexy thing

March 19th, 2019 · No Comments

“In the course of its metastasized development, seduction has lost in intensity what it has gained by extension. Never has amorous discourse been so poor as when everyone made it their duty to intone it and comment upon it.” – Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Tiqqun

It could mean he’s presidential

March 18th, 2019 · No Comments

“It is very difficult to say, for example, whether the fit of rage of a baby of a few months old merely expresses the need to resist unwelcome treatment, or whether it already contains an element of revenge.” – Jean Piaget, The Moral Judgment of the Child (trans. Marjorie Gabain)

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Tags: Jean Piaget · Open Science Collaboration

The skinny on the skinny

March 17th, 2019 · No Comments

“Anorexia expresses in women the same aporia that is manifest in men in the form of the pursuit of power: the will to mastery. It is only that, because of the greater severity of the culture’s patriarchal codification upon women, the anorexic brings the will to mastery to bear upon her body, for she cannot […]

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

The incurables

March 16th, 2019 · No Comments

“Once the disease of reading has laid hold upon the system it weakens it so that it falls an easy prey to that other scourge which dwells in the ink pot and festers in the quill. The wretch takes to writing. And while this is bad enough in a poor man, whose only property is […]

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Virginia Woolf

Casting shade

March 15th, 2019 · No Comments

“Green in nature is one thing, green in literature another.” – Virginia Woolf, Orlando

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Can you tie it in a knot, can you tie it in a bow, does it go down low

March 14th, 2019 · No Comments

“The Young-Girl privatizes everything she apprehends. Thus, a philosopher is not a philosopher to her, but an extravagant erotic object, and likewise, a revolutionary is not a revolutionary, but costume jewelry.” – Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Tiqqun

She totes a straight razor

March 13th, 2019 · No Comments

“The Young-Girl is an instrument in service to a general politics of the extermination of beings capable of love.” – Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Politics & Law · Tiqqun

Tough as a stump

March 12th, 2019 · No Comments

“However little we may like it, toughness is the price of survival.” – George Orwell, “The Lion and the Unicorn”

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You say you want something revolting

March 11th, 2019 · No Comments

“Revolution does not mean red flags and street fighting, it means a fundamental shift of power. Whether it happen with or without bloodshed is largely an accident of time and place. Nor does it mean the dictatorship of a single class.” – George Orwell, “The Lion and the Unicorn”

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Tags: Economics · George Orwell · Politics & Law

Girls just want to have fun

March 10th, 2019 · No Comments

“It is through the Young-Girl that capitalism has managed to extend its hegemony to the totality of social life. She is the most obstinate pawn of market domination in a war whose objective remains the total control of daily life and ‘productive’ time. It is precisely because she represents the total acculturation of the self, […]

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Tags: Economics · Tiqqun

Such bad little boys and girls

March 9th, 2019 · No Comments

“On the whole, human beings want to be good, but not too good, and not quite all the time.” – George Orwell, “The Art of Donald McGill”

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Tags: George Orwell · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

Hanging the court jester

March 8th, 2019 · No Comments

“Codes of law and morals, or religious systems, never have much room in them for a humorous view of life. Whatever is funny is subversive, every joke is ultimately a custard pie, and the reason why so large a proportion of jokes centre round obscenity is simply that all societies, as the price of survival, […]

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Tags: George Orwell · Lit & Crit · Politics & Law

A policeman knew my name

March 7th, 2019 · No Comments

“The Don Quixote-Sancho Panza combination, which of course is simply the ancient dualism of body and soul in fiction form, recurs more frequently in the literature of the last four hundred years than can be explained by mere imitation. It comes up again and again, in endless variations, Bouvard and Pecuchet, Jeeves and Wooster, Bloom […]

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Tags: George Orwell · Lit & Crit

Not with a whimper

March 6th, 2019 · No Comments

“It may be that we are doomed, that there is no hope for us, any of us, but if that is so then let us set up a last agonizing, blood-curdling howl, a screech of defiance, a war-whoop! Away with lamentations! Away with elegies and dirges! Away with biographies and histories, and libraries and museums! […]

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Tags: Henry Miller · Lit & Crit

So that’s where they left it

March 5th, 2019 · No Comments

“In the world of authoritarian commodities, the living recognize within themselves, in their alienated desires, the enemy’s demonstration of power.” – Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Tiqqun

They’re not from around here

March 4th, 2019 · No Comments

“Side by side with the human race there runs another race of beings, the inhuman ones, the race of artists who, goaded by unknown impulses, take the lifeless mass of humanity and by the fever and ferment with which they imbue it turn this soggy dough into bread and the bread into wine and the […]

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Tags: Henry Miller · Lit & Crit

They are sometimes put to that purpose

March 3rd, 2019 · No Comments

“The violence with which femininitude is administered in the world of authoritarian commodities recalls the way the dominant power feels free to manhandle its slaves, when in fact it needs them to ensure its own reproduction.” – Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl

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Tags: Economics · Lit & Crit · Tiqqun

Will get fooled again

March 2nd, 2019 · No Comments

“When the Spectacle attempts to ‘praise femininity’ or remarks fawningly on the ‘feminization of the world,’ one can only expect the cunning promotion of all manners of servitudes, the promotion of the constellation of ‘values’ that slaves always pretend to espouse.” – Tiqqun, Preliminary Materials For a Theory of the Young-Girl

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Tags: Lit & Crit · Tiqqun