But soft, behold!

Literature, critical theory, queer theory, feminism
...and cats.

The intellectual was rejected and persecuted at the precise moment when the facts became incontrovertible, when it was forbidden to say that the emperor had no clothes. The intellectual spoke the truth to those who had yet to see it, in the name of those who were forbidden to speak the truth: he was conscience, consciousness, and eloquence.

—Michel Foucault, ‘Intellectuals and Power: A Conversation between Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze’ (1977) in Language, Counter-memory, Practice: Selected Essays and Interviews by Michel Foucault ed. Donald F. Bouchard, p. 207.

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foucault.

deleuze.

critical theory.

intellectual.

revolutionary.

truth.

The quest for “universals of communication” ought to make us shudder.

—Gilles Deleuze

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critical theory.

Any instance of naming always produces its shadowy double: nominalism, that is, the notion that universal descriptors do not adequately represent the referents they are supposed to name or demarcate.

—Alexander R. Galloway and Eugene Thacker, The Exploit: A Theory of Networks (2007), p. 11.

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critical theory.

nominalism.

naming.

ontology.

Perhaps there is no greater lesson about networks than the lesson about control: networks, by their mere existence, are not liberating; they exercise novel forms of control that operate at a level that is anonymous and non-human, which is to say material.

—Alexander R. Galloway and Eugene Thacker, The Exploit: A Theory of Networks (2007), p. 5.

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critical theory.

network theory.

control.

John Agard - Half Caste

Excuse me
standing on one leg
I’m half-caste.

Explain yuself
wha yu mean
when yu say half-caste
yu mean when Picasso
mix red an green
is a half-caste canvas?
explain yuself
wha yu mean
when yu say half-caste
yu mean when light an shadow
mix in de sky
is a half-caste weather?
well in dat case
england weather
nearly always half-caste
in fact some o dem cloud
half-caste till dem overcast
so spiteful dem don’t want de sun pass
ah rass?
explain yuself
wha yu mean
when yu say half-caste
yu mean tchaikovsky
sit down at dah piano
an mix a black key
wid a white key
is a half-caste symphony?

Explain yuself
wha yu mean
Ah listening to yu wid de keen
half of mih ear
Ah looking at yu wid de keen
half of mih eye
an when I’m introduced to yu
I’m sure you’ll understand
why I offer yu half-a-hand
an when I sleep at night
I close half-a-eye
consequently when I dream
I dream half-a-dream
an when moon begin to glow
I half-caste human being
cast half-a-shadow
but yu must come back tomorrow
wid de whole of yu eye
an de whole of yu ear
an de whole of yu mind.

an I will tell yu
de other half
of my story.

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poetry.

half-caste.

Words are coin. Words alienate. Language is no medium for desire. Desire is rapture, not exchange. It is only by alienating the desired that language masters it. Hendrik’s bride, her sly doe-eyes, her narrow hips, are beyond the grope of words until desire consents to mutate into the curiosity of the watcher. The frenzy of desire in the medium of words yields the mania of the catalogue. I struggle with the proverbs of hell.

—J. M. Coetzee, In the Heart of the Country, (UK: Vintage, 1977; 2004), 28-9.

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postcolonial literature.

Mistakes and dead-ends often mean more to these artists than any proven problem. Questions about form seem as hopelessly inadequate as questions about content. Problems are unnecessary because problems represent values that create the illusion of purpose. The problem of “form vs. content,” for example, leads to illusionistic dialectics that become, at best, formalist reactions against content. Reaction follows action, till finally the artist gets “tired” and settles for a monumental inaction.

Ronald Bladen, Untitled, 1965. Aluminium and painted wood, each element, 108 x 48 x 120 x 21".

Robert Smithson, ‘Entropy and the New Monuments’ (1966) in Robert Smithson: The Collected Writings, ed. Jack Flam (1996), p. 11-12.

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critical theory.

post-structuralism.

art.

monumentalism.

the-peak-experience:

"The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed." - Ernest Hemingway

the-peak-experience:

"The best people possess a feeling for beauty, the courage to take risks, the discipline to tell the truth, the capacity for sacrifice. Ironically, their virtues make them vulnerable; they are often wounded, sometimes destroyed." - Ernest Hemingway