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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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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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An Alternative to the Consumption Model

After reading this really incredible interview with David Graeber in Boston Review, I wanted to read some of his work but wasn’t quite ready to spring $20 for the nook book of Debt: The First 5,000 Years (I wouldn’t realistically … Continue reading

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David Foster Wallace and the Death of Critique

“Good Old Neon” is maybe my favorite of David Foster Wallace’s short stories. It’s certainly the best from the collection Oblivion. The story uses Wallace’s trademark obsessively tangential prose style to present what appears for most of the story to … Continue reading

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Reading Notes: Mayakovsky, “The Cloud in Trousers”

Reading Notes: Mayakovsky, “The Cloud in Trousers” (1914-1915) (trans. Patricia Blake) The most interesting part of the poem for me comes at the end of section 2, and it’s fairly easy to build a reading up until then. In the … Continue reading

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