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Roussel’s Procedural Handel

From Impressions of Africa by Raymond Roussel (1910), trans. Mark Polizzotti, 2011, (204-06). According to Corfield, a musical phrase hatched by a brow endowed with such a divine spark could enliven many pages of score with its breath, even when banally … Continue reading

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Coke as Queer Utopianism

“What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz … 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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…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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Roussel: The Death of Jizme

The storm had already drawn near; bolts of lightning followed each other in quick succession, followed by increasingly loud bursts of thunder. Rao, who had gone on ahead, soon reappeared with his men, who were straining under the weight of … Continue reading

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Raymond Roussel’s Cat Battle

“The child carried in his arms, on his shoulders, and even on top of his head a collection of young cats, each wearing a red or green ribbon around its neck. With the edge of his heel, he drew two … Continue reading

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