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Are You Going to Eat That? Leftovers, Thing Power, and Matter out of Place*

Leftovers 1.1: In which we upcycle dystopia, and downgrade upcycling

Aesthetically speaking, there are two kinds of dystopias. There are the gleaming surfaces of the faux-Utopian one state as in… 1,313 more words

Dystopia

What is it about the pangolin?

British trains now commonly have posters encouraging travelers to text a small donation to a charity. This could be a charity supporting people, or one helping animals. 892 more words

Food

"I desire mercy." Go and learn...

In describing the miracles of Jesus, John Dominic Crossan argued in his book Jesus (1989) that Jesus’ was acting “as an alternative boundary keeper in a way subversive to the established procedures of his society” (82). 758 more words

Semon Preparation

(Dis)comforts: The place of hospitality in queer storytelling

Gloria Anzaldúa’s Borderlands / La Frontera (1987) provides a rousing starting point for our thinking of the queer experience of discomfort. Writing on her time teaching at a New England college, Anzaldúa tells the story of how “a few lesbians threw the more conservative heterosexual students into a panic”. 4,390 more words

Lee Edelman

Why Does the Bible Require New Mothers to Atone after Childbirth?

The sections on purity and impurity in the book of Leviticus—which make up nearly a quarter of the book—are some of the most difficult for the modern reader of the Bible. 129 more words

Mary Douglas

On Giving a Shit: Excremental Values in the Human and Life Sciences

This paper was given at Aarhus University on 21st April 2017. I am grateful to Thomas Erslev and Casper Andersen for the opportunity to develop this work. 4,595 more words

Disjecta Membra