Tags » Claude Lévi-Strauss

Emmett engineering, bricolage, Brickowski

In my take on the Lego Movie I have speculated that the female protagonist’s nom de guerre ‘Wylde Style’ could be a reference to Levi-Strauss’ La Pensée sauvage (the English title is The Savage Mind… but the Danish is Den vilde tanke). 448 more words


Event for Stage by Tacita Dean is a fascinating art piece and is particularly interesting to anyone who happens to be a performer. It’s free to see until 4th November at the Frith Street Gallery 17-18 Golden Square W1F 9 JJ. 427 more words


"I always speak the truth. Not the whole truth because there's no way to say it all. Saying it all is literally impossible: words fail." Lacan

“I always speak the truth. Not the whole truth because there’s no way to say it all. Saying it all is literally impossible: words fail.” Lacan… 421 more words



It’s  a true story.  The insomniac in question was an early member of the French Academy, who died in 1644, a certain Canon Nicolas Bourbon, famous for the fact that he could write only in Latin.  147 more words

... the remainder leads me to write again ...

The problem immanent in the class struggle is that the focus on and the fetishism of the working class and the ruling class maintains an engagement with the very class structure itself and language itself has a hegemony within it’s own structure and by naming something or someone we create it or him or her as an object and we become an agent of rule within the sentence and within every dictator there is a poet and language tortures us and the period drama sanitises the mise en scene of the bullying upper classes and we give the permission to be bullied by and lied to by posh ‘benevolent’ smelly smiles and language defines us and segregates us and reveals our unconscious thoughts that we thought were private and wanted to keep private so we keep silent and truth is a lie and being kind is unkind and being truthful dominates and a decision is a decision and to decide is related etymologically to homicide, suicide, patricide and decision kills off possibility and a King is an empty signifier and Freud was more worried about the Catholics than the Nazis, the Nazis were Catholic apparently but religion is just a bunch of signification however powerful a signification it may be and political leaders all have a psychotic structure and should not be trusted on any level especially if they talk about being trust worthy and caring and I write because there is a remainder, a left over from the last thought that has me write something else and when I put a full stop at the end of this sentence it will not be the end and there is a kind of musicality to language a rhythm of thought of … gap in the stream of consciousness which has a kind of truth because it isn’t edited or thought out – it is thought into the gap created by the folding back of understanding and isn’t beholden to the terror of grammar of what is learnt at school and forgotten in the exam which will determine the rest of your life when you are put into that box and spend the rest of your life trying to struggle out of, only to end up in another box and then to return to the first box which now feels more comfortable but still nevertheless has me left with a remainder; a left over to write more next time



Last Friday we visited an art exhibition called “Two Things About Suffering” at the Sadie Coles gallery just off Carnaby street. It was an exhibition by an artist I wasn’t familiar with – Uri Aran. 554 more words


Green tea and the harmonic series

One of my favourite early morning rituals is going to my local coffee house next to Brixton station and having a huge mug of green tea. 261 more words