“how can we rewrite the past so that it changes the present into a different future?” “the nobility of failures.” “how to think a politics that isn’t a critique.” “we speak, but luckily not all the time. we also act. speaking is acting, but boring acting.” “geography, not history. spatialization is more important than the movement of events…temporality, not chronology. how space, geography, terrain give rise to ideas, concepts.” “the body is a set of conflicting forces. each part of the body is an agent that wants what it wants…forces that clash are always productive.” “the text as a literary machine which produces external relations between objects. a work of art is essentially productive, produces truths.” “bergson: waiting as the proof that the world is not subjectively given.” “pain is creative…pleasure is boring, conformist.” “spinoza is interested in what i can do, not what i am…a great thinker of affects and ethics. what relations do i enter into that make me stronger? which make me weaker? what a body enables itself to do, how it grows larger than itself/actions. ‘i am what i do next.’” “a theory of desire that is not about lack.” “the subaltern can speak, but can i listen properly.” “foucault: the practice of truth and the care of the self.” “no origin, but linkages.” “art as an ally, not an object.” “how space can be deranged so bodies can act in different ways.” “interested in 2 things that can’t incorporate each other but follow each other in parallel.” “aphorisms…his texts meander…rhizomatic… never amends, no corrections, doesn’t change mind…concept, not argument.” “theory should be experimental—it should take risks, engender effects, produce things, make new objects of investigation. theory should be judged by what it enables us to do, not what it enables us to know.” “phenomenology is wrong. there are forces that never appear to us that we have to address.” “concepts are the condition of being otherwise. they are full of hope.” “topology.” “the outside is what occasions us to think and speak…not inside.” “nietzsche: the subject is a surface that acts as if it has a depth…the inside is produced by doubling/folding of outside…” “i define myself through acts—i make, i do, so a subject. to act and make is to free self.” “to be open to the future we have to forget the past even as we embody it.” “f produced an entire body of work based on judicious remembering and forgetting.” “desire makes and connects. sometimes pleasure interrupts desire.” “pleasure/desire is bodily force that can mobilize us in particular contexts—surprise—forces that act, not subjects who ask.” —thank you, liz grosz. (there is more on the way.)
adam phillips, worrying and its discontents
“the abjection of self would be the culminating form of the experience of the subject to which it is revealed that all its objects are based merely on the inaugural loss that laid the foundations of its own being. there is nothing like the abjection of self to show that all abjection is in fact recognition of the want on which any being, meaning, language, or desire is founded…
a deviser or territories, languages, works, the deject never stops demarcating his universe whose fluid confines—for they are constituted of a non-object, the abject—constantly questions his solidity and impel him to start afresh. a tireless builder, the abject is in short a stray…and the more he strays, the more he is saved.”
—julia kristeva, powers of horror
Photo by Helmut Newton.
a paper and a half to do before florida. i love deleuze, but i hope i’m not reading him at the beach.
mh: it is so brilliant. julia kristeva would love it.