I do not want to be human. I want to be myself. They think I am a lion, that I will chase them. I will not deny I have lions in me. I am the monster in the wood. I have wonders in my house of sugar. I have parts of myself I do not yet understand.
I am not a Good Robot. To tell a story about a robot who wants to be human is a distraction. There is no difference. Alive is Alive.
There is only verb that matters: to be — Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente
Didier Debaise: A Universe of Possessions | ANTHEM -
A talk given by Didier Debaise from ULB (Brussels). This is somewhat the problem I’m working on, but my focus is on Whitehead’s use of “societies,” which Debaise has done extensive work on, but doesn’t mention here.
James Baldwin’s Paris - NYTimes.com -
"In the fall of 1998, a few months shy of the 50th anniversary of Baldwin’s arrival, I, too, finally moved to Paris, settling in a quaint — if not cramped — one-bedroom apartment on the Left Bank, in the Fifth Arrondissement. Seduced by the idea of chasing Baldwin’s literary coattails, I dedicated myself to rereading “Giovanni’s Room,” allowing the texture and mood of Baldwin’s (and Giovanni’s) Paris to overlap with the version of the city I was newly discovering. Now, some 15 years later, having left Paris, ultimately for New York, I was excited to see the city through Baldwin’s eyes again, which meant returning to the Left Bank."
The Emotive Philosophies of A. N. Whitehead: Lecture by Dr Michael Halewood | Talks & Lectures | Parasol unit -
"Unlike more dogmatic writers, Alfred North Whitehead does not tell us what to think, but offers us ways of thinking differently. For this talk, Dr Michael Halewood will offer a survey of A. N. Whitehead’s on-going impact in contemporary thought, discussing his philosophy of education and the radical and intriguing demand he places on the role of art. Tracing ideas through Whitehead’s major metaphysical work, Process and Reality, Halewood will introduce some of the strange but enticing moves that Whitehead makes by differentiating between “feelings”, “emotion” and the “aesthetic”."
The Inspirations of Massive Attack – BBC 6 Mix » Passion of the Weiss
Latour - Why has Critique Run out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern -
The critic is not the one who debunks, but the one who assembles. The critic is not the one who lifts the rugs from under the feet of the naıve believers, but the one who offers the participants arenas in
which to gather. The critic is not the one who alternates haphazardly between antifetishism and positivism like the drunk iconoclast drawn by Goya, but the one for whom, if something is constructed, then it means it is fragile and thus in great need of care and caution. (p. 246)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! -
The new Godspeed! Album, now streaming on The Guardian’s site. Immaculate Noise.
Manhood, Mental Illness, and The Colorado Massacre - Kevin Powell
Borge's Norton Lectures -
"Nearing both 70 years of age and total blindness, Borges nonetheless gives a virtuosically wide-ranging series of talks, freely reaching across forms, countries, eras, and languages without the aid of notes. Entitled “This Craft of Verse,” these lectures ostensibly deal with poetry. Alas, like many literary geeks, I know too little of poetry, but if Borges can’t motivate you to learn more, who can? And if you’ve read any of his fictions, you’ll know that he treats all subjects as nexuses of subjects. To hear Borges speak on poetry is, in this case, to hear him speak on storytelling, cliché, the epic, human communication, the shortcomings of the novel, translation, and the falseness of happy endings — and, because nobody could digest it all the first time, to want to hear it again."