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Postcolonial Guilt, Revisionism, and the Idea of Progress

Monty Python’s Life of Brian is a delightful re-telling of the story of Jesus in a secular and historical context, finding its humour in the conflict between orthodox and invariably religious interpretations of the time, and a more ‘enlightened’ understanding, based on archaeology and academic research. 1,190 more words


Terrain and Environment: Questions


What is the terrain and environment that you stand upon? How much do you know about your surroundings, the places you frequent, visit, and live in? 465 more words


Book: Topor, Chris Kraus

Torpor (2006) was first published following I Love Dick (1997) but unlike the earlier book which was named after the man who she relentlessly pursued, Kraus has changed the names of her protagonists (in her case she takes on a version of real-life ex-husband’s name – Sylvie rather than Sylvere), which one can probably safely assume are thinly veiled versions of real people. 598 more words


'Against Interpretation'

Who could be against interpretation? Interpretation is what we do. It is as natural to us, and perhaps even as automatic to us as our breathing or our heartbeat. 2,130 more words


Theodor W. Adorno "On the Concept of Beauty"

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Theodor W. Adorno, December 16, 1958, Lectures on Aesthetics

It is my intention to introduce the consideration of the central aesthetic concept, namely the concept of beauty, by discussing one of the first major texts to contain something like a theory of beauty. 3,893 more words


Tuesday February 13, 2018

What is Psychedelic Marxism’s aspiration amidst the near-universal degradation and subsumption of consciousness via capitalist rationality: to dream differently, or to wake up? I support either of these goals, so long as the attention economy is usurped of its current title as “The Only Game in Town.” Wannabe critical theory types, meanwhile, pull back a curtain exposing mind-manipulation plots involving mundane villains like Mark Zuckerberg and former “Google Design Ethicist” Tristan Harris. 139 more words


Michel Foucault’s Unfinished Book Published in France

“He said he wanted no posthumous publications. But on Thursday, more than over 30 years after his death, Michel Foucault had a new book, Confessions of the Flesh… 9 more words