Youth, dir. Sorrentino

January 30, 2016 § Leave a comment

Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – Vermillion

January 26, 2016 § Leave a comment

Judith Butler:

January 19, 2016 § Leave a comment

Gayatri Spivak has argued that feminists need to rely on an operational essentialism, a false ontology of women as a universal in order to advance a feminist political program. She knows that the category of ‘women’ is not fully expressive, that the multiplicity and discontinuity of the referent mocks and rebels against the univocity of the sign, but suggests it could be used for strategic purposes. Kristeva suggests something similar, I think, when she prescribes that feminists use the category of women as a political tool without attributing ontological integrity to the term, and adds that, strictly speaking, women cannot be said to exist.

— Judith Butler, ‘Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory’

More Barthes…

January 18, 2016 § Leave a comment

‘(Like a bad concert hall, affective space contains dead spots where the sound fails to circulate. –The perfect interlocutor, the friend, is he not the one who constructs around you the greatest possible resonance? Cannot friendship be defined as a space with total sonority?)’

The Uncertainty of Signs

January 16, 2016 § Leave a comment

Signs are not proofs, since anyone can produce false or ambiguous signs. Hence one falls back, paradoxically, on the omnipotence of language: since nothing assures language, I will regard it as the sole and final assurance: I shall no longer believe in interpretation. I shall receive every word from my other as a sign of the truth; and when I speak, I shall not doubt that he, too, receives what I say as the truth.

— Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse

Dis-cursus

January 7, 2016 § Leave a comment

“–originally the action of running here and there, comings and goings, measures taken, “plots and plans”: the lover, in fact, cannot keep his mind from racing, taking new measures and plotting against himself. His discourse exists only in outbursts of language, which occur at the whim of trivial, of aleatory circumstances.”

— Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse

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January 5, 2016 § Leave a comment

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