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The other’s ebb

Capitalist society is organized to make it easy for us to avoid our neighbors, who are diminished in the rush of things to servants, salespeople, and strangers – figures with whom we can hardly be said to have “dialogue” in … Continue reading

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The Grill of Language

(A short note in response to http://lithub.com/where-is-wislawa-szymborskas-teeming-crowd/. Thanks to Aishwarya Iyer for giving this piece a title and proper epigraph.) The Grill of Language By the sense of light / you guess the soul –Paul Celan Poets are, by definition, exhilarated by … Continue reading

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Thoughtscape

THOUGHTSCAPE (An Interlude) To think is to surpass myself. To think about things in a way that exceeds me, whatever I am, to strip myself of every intentional meaning, or to let them be stripped away, so as to pave … Continue reading

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Boredom and Terror

Who is comforted by it? Pent in the packed compulsory ring Round father’s frown each famus waits his Day to dominate. Here a dean sits Making bedroom eyes at a beef steak, As wholly oral as the avid creatures Of … Continue reading

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Joy and Justice

Poetry and philosophy could be described as two modes of intervention in language that seek to reinvent what human discourse means or can do, and so to reinvent what it means to speak and be. The one, poetry, would speak a beyond of … Continue reading

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Due to the Other

(The following is the transcript of a short talk I gave to my GCAS class on Deconstruction. I want to thank Giovanni Tusa, the course instructor, and the other students for giving me this opportunity, for listening in, and for opening such a … Continue reading

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“Eating Well”

(The following is a reading of an interview between Jacques Derrida and Jean-Luc Nancy titled Eating Well; or the Calculation of the Subject. It was initially prepared for a discussion forum as part of a course on Deconstruction run by … Continue reading

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