Monthly Archives: January 2013

On Raoul Eshelman’s “Performatism, or the End of Postmodernism.”

The new notion of performativity serves neither to foreground nor contextualize the subject, but rather to preserve it: the subject is presented (or presents itself) as a holistic, irreducible unit that makes a binding impression on a reader or observer. … Continue reading

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1990: In some ways, not at all long ago.

Judith Butler, Gender Trouble, 1990: Always already a cultural sign, the body sets limits to the imaginary meanings that it occasions, but is never free of an imaginary construction. The fantasized body can never be understood in relation to the … Continue reading

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Thinking Django Unchained through Nat Turner’s “Confessions”

A few weeks back, the spectacular Jacobin published this pretty great little critique of Django Unchained, not taking the usual direction of asking questions about whether or not the movie is racist, but instead calling it out for failing to … Continue reading

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Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition

I’m having a little bit of difficulty reconciling these two: A self does not amount to much, but no self is an island; each exists in a fabric of relations that is now more complex and mobile than ever before. Young … Continue reading

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“The watch being advertised is almost invisible.”

                            Because postmodernism? This comes at the end of the “Postmodernism” chapter of David Harvey’s The Postmodern Condition, in which Harvey’s clear moral disappointment in everything he’s … Continue reading

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…I saw and once more I knew that a creator is contemporary, he understands what is contemporary when the contemporaries do not yet know it, but he is contemporary and as the twentieth century is a century which sees the … Continue reading

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And where do you find them? Dreams? Nightmares is more like it. What’s not right? We were in Samoa. The sea will wash over us. He came like the Johnstown flood. It was worth waiting around for. And the women … Continue reading

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