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Current Reading: Desert Islands And Other Texts: Gilles Deleuze

It was Foucault who first said: "This century will be Deleuzien."It was Foucault who first said: "This century will be Deleuzien."

Deleuze shortly before his death - he committed suicide by throwing himself from his flat in Paris - recorded one of the Arte Channel's most fascinating philosophical programmes, Abecedaire ("Alphabet"), in which he introduced a subject starting with a letter of the alphabet. "A" was for "animal", "G" for "gauche" (left-wing), and B was for "boisson" (drink). The "S" for "suicide" has yet to be broadcast.

Current Reading: Petite Bréviaire du Snobisme: Antonius Moonen

Une protestation, un manifeste anti-politiquement correct, anti-uniformisation, anti-consommation, anti-bourgeois, anti-bobos!Une protestation, un manifeste anti-politiquement correct, anti-uniformisation, anti-consommation, anti-bourgeois, anti-bobos!

Current Reading: The One By Whom Scandal Comes: Rene Girard

“Why is there so much violence in our midst?” René Girard asks.“Why is there so much violence in our midst?” René Girard asks.

Published on New Year's Day this year, Rene Girard's "The One By Whom Scandal Comes" is the philosopher's latest extension of his great theory of mimetic desire. In a world where post-modern post-structuralism has been so institutionalized so as to form its own orthodoxy (oh the irony), Girard's philosophical certitude, attendant to a Christian theology, moral in its considerations and humanistic in its concerns, hovers at the edge of intellectual unfashionability.

Current Reading: Lacan: Reading Seminar XX : Lacan's Major Work On Love, Knowledge and Feminine Sexuality.

Knowledge begins with a defiency of jouissance.Knowledge begins with a defiency of jouissance.

Considered the cornerstone of Lacan's work on the themes of sexual difference,

Current Reading: Gilles Deleuze : Proust & Signs

Deleuze's book applies the study of signs and semiotics, to a literary analysis of ISOLTDeleuze's book applies the study of signs and semiotics, to a literary analysis of ISOLT

"What constitutes the unity of In Search of Lost Time?

Current Reading: The Empire of Fashion: Dressing Modern Democracy : Gilles Lipovetsky : Translated by Catherine Porter

Lipovetsky authors an  undifferentiated celebration of modern narcissistic freedom and a defense of bourgeois individualismLipovetsky authors an undifferentiated celebration of modern narcissistic freedom and a defense of bourgeois individualism

Fashion as a vehicle for democratic values and an agent of the social revolution built around the veneration of the 'individual'? What a riot this sentiment must have caused in academic circles in 1995, when "The Empire Of Fashion" was first published. But as fashion, the concept, has evolved from a hermetic dialogue built around upper-class privilege into a vehicle of popular expression (and we do mean Pop ), French thinker Gilles Lipovsetsky has proven to be more than prophetic, even if he was never optimistic about the psychological implications of this occurrence in the first place.

Current Reading: The Analysis Of Beauty: Written In View Of Fixing The Fluctuating Ideas Of Taste: William Hograth

"In a word, it may be said, the art of composing well is the art of varying well." William Hogarth."In a word, it may be said, the art of composing well is the art of varying well." William Hogarth.

Every time you see an S-curve, or the back to ass curve on a beautiful boy or girl.. every time you respond to that "serpentine line" or a nice left "hook" , remember that Hograth celebrated it all the way back in 1753 .

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