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Current Reading: Jean François Lyotard : Libidinal Economy : Athlone Contemporary European Thinkers

Libidinal Economy is  written in a combination of styles, reading more like an avant-garde novel than a philosophical text.Libidinal Economy is written in a combination of styles, reading more like an avant-garde novel than a philosophical text.

The irony of this book is its author would probably hate if it were to seen as his signature work. Lyotard once indicted Libidinal Economy as an 'evil book, the book of evilness that everyone writing and thinking is tempted to do'. This evil book comes back to mind whenever I'm forced to confront…let's call them cultural values in exchange. Let me give an example. I made an acquaintance in Paris, with a very erudite man who runs one of those esteemed cultural institutions that fashion people accidentally haunt for purposes of a defilé without realizing the nature of the real business that goes on in this landmark cultural space. The conversations between us were never actually very intellectual but were vaguely sexual, as we shared a lover. As in he was the ex, I am the current. Or so we all assume, in an arrangement that is apparently a very French way of conducting one's emotional business. He wasn't threatened by me as he is apparently quite wealthy and I wasn't threatened by him since I was the much better…dancer. One day we were all having dinner at a restaurant in the high bourgeoise section of the Marais, (which I prefer to call by its English name, "The Swamp". ) As usual the waiter handed him the check, though dinner was on me and I joked, "We can never escape the libidinal economy can we?" . He laughed and then I thought, who would have thought that one of the most unreadable of Jean François Lyotard's early works could have proved so useful .

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.

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