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Apr 19

Tamara asks us to stop for an impromptu family photo.  (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

Tamara asks us to stop for an impromptu family photo. (at DUMBO, Brooklyn)

“That well known little people of a not too distant past, I mean just the Greeks, had stubbornly preserved its unhistorical sense in the period of its greatest strength; were a contemporary man forced by magic spells to return to that world he would presumably find the Greeks very “uneducated,” which would, of course, disclose the meticulously disguised secret of modern culture to public laughter: for from ourselves we moderns have nothing at all; only by filling and overfilling ourselves with alien ages, customs, arts, philosophies, religions and knowledge do we become something worthy of notice, namely walking encyclopedias, as which an ancient Hellene, who had been thrown into our age, might perhaps address us. The whole value of encyclopedias, however, is found only in what is written in them, the content, not in what is written on them or in what is cover and what is shell; and so the whole of modern culture is essentially internal: on the outside the bookbinder has printed something like “Handbook of Inner Culture for External Barbarians.”” —

Nietzsche, “On the Use and Abuse of History for Life.”

This is one of the funniest things Nietzsche has ever written, but it’s very serious, too.  This is the handbook the world is reading, the one absolving them of responsibility to others.

As Walter Benjamin famously said, “There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism.”  In a similar vein, we might think about Aimé Césaire's reaction to the European barbarism leading up to WWII:

"…but the supreme barbarism, the crowning barbarism that sums up all the daily barbarisms, that it is Nazism, yes, but that before they were its victims, they were its accomplices; that they tolerated that Nazism before it was inflicted on them, that they absolved it, shut their eyes to it, legitimized it, because, until then, it had been applied only to non-European peoples; that they have cultivated that Nazism, that they are responsible for it…"

Corporate social responsibility mission statements, human resources/public relations manuals, and Chick tracts comprise a recent appendix to the handbook.

(Source: quixotic-neurotic, via dzerzhinsky-jokes)

Apr 18

In case we forgot, Shakespeare was a tax-evading food hoarder.

In case we forgot, Shakespeare was a tax-evading food hoarder.

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Apr 12

"The White Christian Shakespeare Complex," Living Labor: Marxism and Performance Studies Conference, 2013, Department of Performance Studies, NYU

"The White Christian Shakespeare Complex," Living Labor: Marxism and Performance Studies Conference, 2013, Department of Performance Studies, NYU

Apr 08

Benedict Cumberbatch understands the difference between Austin’s “constative” and “performative.”

Benedict Cumberbatch understands the difference between Austin’s “constative” and “performative.”

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Apr 04

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What is the best shocked, appalled, and indignant white bourgeois reaction gif?

I need it for research.

Apr 01

givemeabody replied to your link:Living Labor: Marxism and Performance Studies
woah i hope proceedings are being published

They will archive video proceedings from the conference here: http://www.womenandperformance.org/events.html

Living Labor: Marxism and Performance Studies -

The Conference Program is available, and it looks great.

The entire conference will be recorded, and the video will be archived here: http://www.womenandperformance.org/events.html

This is the age of intensity and not of duration. The implicit premise of the Overly Attached Girlfriend, a popular YouTube series that originated as a meme in 2012, is this: A pretty young white woman has absorbed the lessons of pop music without irony, in an atmosphere of total surveillance prescribed by Facebook and the NSA, and now believes that love should be conducted in conditions of panoptic intensity….

A structural hetero-ness persists everywhere in this rule of the asymmetry of desire. Two equally desiring subjects meet nowhere except perhaps momentarily in sex. In every other way, heterosexuality is over, but they forgot to tell us. It is at once dismantled and generalized. The couple form is no longer a mediation between capitalism and the individual: Now it stands for the full capitalization of private life. What used to be a mediating layer now fucks you directly.

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Read Hannah Black’s brilliant essay, “You Are Too Much,” in the new issue of The New Inquiry.

“Under monopoly all mass culture is identical, and the lines of its artificial framework begin to show through. The people at the top are no longer so interested in concealing monopoly: as its violence becomes more open, so its power grows. Movies and radio need no longer pretend to be art. The truth that they are just business is made into an ideology in order to justify the rubbish they deliberately produce. They call themselves industries; and when their directors’ incomes are published, any doubt about the social utility of the finished products is removed.” — Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, “The Culture Industry” (via mj-arnett)

(via mrorange1)