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Current Reading:L'Agonie : Jean Lombard:

Although almost completely forgotten today, Lombard  influenced contemporaries such as Rachilde and Jean LorrainAlthough almost completely forgotten today, Lombard influenced contemporaries such as Rachilde and Jean Lorrain

In L'Agonie, Lombard connects the Elagabal cult to an ideal of

Current Reading: Reflections on Japanese Taste: The Structure of Iki by Kuki Shuzo

Kuki's preference for late Edo culture has impressed many a reader as eccentric, if not perverse.Kuki's preference for late Edo culture has impressed many a reader as eccentric, if not perverse.

Kuki Shuzo was a cosmopolitan member of an early twentieth-century modernising elite in Japan.

Current Reading: Sade, My Neighbour: Pierre Klossowski

In Bastille where the Marquis de Sade weathered his long imprisonment,   witnessing approximately 1800 decapitationsIn Bastille where the Marquis de Sade weathered his long imprisonment, witnessing approximately 1800 decapitations

Well here we go again, me with my unrehabitable fetish for all things Klossowski. This time around, this seminal thinker is throwing acid by

Current Reading: Mau­rice Blan­chot: Le Livre à venir : Ed. Gal­li­mard

"But if the world is a book, any book is the world.""But if the world is a book, any book is the world."

La vérité de la lit­té­ra­ture serait dans l’erreur de l’infini. Le monde où nous vivons et tel que nous le vivons est heu­reu­se­ment borné. Il nous suf­fit de quelques pas pour sor­tir de notre chambre, de quelques années pour sor­tir de notre vie. Mais sup­po­sons que, dans cet étroit espace, sou­dain obs­cur, sou­dain aveugles, nous nous égarions.

CURRENT READING: Le temps retrouvé de Cy Twombly

Very inspired, right this minute, by the photography of Cy Twombly.Very inspired, right this minute, by the photography of Cy Twombly.

Si vous aimez déjà les peintures de l’artiste Américain Cy Twombly, vous aimerez certainement ses photos aussi.

Current Reading : Pouvoirs de l’horreur (Powers Of Horror): Julia Kristeva

Kristeva in this book-length essay addresses  the role of abjection  as a psychosocial property and a literary device.Kristeva in this book-length essay addresses the role of abjection as a psychosocial property and a literary device.

"The horror of something grand fallen into nothingness, dissolved beyond usefulness, decayed to its primeval corpse-self, is the territory of literature where Kristeva finds the greatness of abjection.

Current Reading: Les Erotiques du Regard. 1968 : Jacques Delfau and Marc Attali: Andre Balland

Gr. 4° (356x273mm). Mit 64 Photoheliogravüren von M. Attali. 114 nn. S., illustr. Orig.-Pappband.Gr. 4° (356x273mm). Mit 64 Photoheliogravüren von M. Attali. 114 nn. S., illustr. Orig.-Pappband.

Cartonnage de l´édition illustré d´une photographie. - Edition originale réalisée dápres une maquette de Herman en collaboration avec Marc Attali et Jacques Attali. The book is full of snatched images of woman in public, on the streets and in cafes, voyeuristically focusing on their bodies, primarily legs.

Current Reading: Posséder et Detruire: Strategies Sexuelles dans l'art d'Occident

C'est-à-dire que, comme dans tout peep-show, on ne voit rien.C'est-à-dire que, comme dans tout peep-show, on ne voit rien.

In 2001, the then chief curator of the Louvre, Régis Michel, organized an exhibition called "Posséder et Detruire: Strategies Sexuelles dans l'art d'Occident", (Possess and Destroy,: Sexual Strategies In Western Art,)

CURRENT READING: La Rochefoucauld Maxims : Dover Press

There were in the seventeenth century many Augustinians; there was only one La Rochefoucauld.There were in the seventeenth century many Augustinians; there was only one La Rochefoucauld.

In the Maximes (1665) La Rochefoucauld went far beyond the mere unmasking of policy that permeates his Apologie and the Mémoires, offering a more thoroughgoing unmasking of reason and of will that raised serious questions about the possibilities of independent moral questions of any kind.

CURRENT READING: DIANA AT HER BATH + THE WOMEN OF ROME: PIERRE KLOSSOWSKI: Marsilo

Klossowski turns the sketch that is the myth into a rich and lyrical exegesis that entangles the male gaze vs the female gaze.Klossowski turns the sketch that is the myth into a rich and lyrical exegesis that entangles the male gaze vs the female gaze.

Pierre Klossowski, the lapsed Catholic intellectual with a Polish aristocratic title (his brother being the notorious Balthus), a childhood education in Germany, and a legacy of philosophical treatises on Nietzche and Sade, has never been the most lucid of writers. In fact he never even tried that particular trick. Klossowski studied Latin so extensively, it corrupted his French, leading him to a lifetime love of archaic words and long, multi-part sentences with some pretty extended sub-clauses. Yet his influence was such that not only did intellectual giants such as Foucault declare themselves fans, Klossowski's system of thought and of writing was an explicit influence on works like Foucault's own "History Of Sexuality".

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