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Update

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SargentoShreddedCheese.jpg3 months into quitting cigarettes, and tonight I am eating shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese (or is it Cheez) straight out of the bag.
Oral fixation. And now I get to watch my infant daughter develop one too. Or not – her mom is extremely excellent with the boob feedings. So perhaps my mini-me won’t be haunted by mega-lack in the mouth department, as I am…
I have a feeling I am about to become very, very obese… Luckily, I’m super tall, so it’ll take awhile… But it’s bound to happen.
Still miss them, and still fantasize about, say, going out to a bar with a smoker or smokers and getting drunk enough to bum one or several… But I get through the day OK.
And what a pain in the ass it’d be to be a smoker with a baby anywho… Sure I’d feel cancer reeky everytime I touched her etc…

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July 31, 2005 at 12:43 am

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Fallow

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I think perhaps for awhile, quasi-officially…
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July 26, 2005 at 10:00 am

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Jetztzeit Boredom

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AVW is on a roll… Today, on “Realism, Counterrevolution, Capital.” Here’s a bit of the payoff:

The protagonist of the realist novel who is caught up in this grand battle between everythingness and nothingness must retreat from attachment even to the cause of everything and appear to be exempt from definition by any cause or community, in order to achieve a meticulously limned particularity. The forces of history and the social and political order as depicted in novels grows steadily detatched from the actions of novel protagonists. Civil strife is no longer imagined on the Guelf vs. Ghibelline, Capulet vs. Montague model, a state made by protagonists and reducible to their agency, although lovers still frequently derive from warring camps (but more often from incompatible classes, and/or faced with other obstacles than incompatible political allegience.)

Which makes me think of this – perhaps the emblematic moment of what AVW brilliantly describes as a “retreat from attachment. Frederic Moreau anxiously, impatiently awaiting Mme Arnoux as the revolution of 1848 finds its jetztzeit right around the corner…

Then he resumed his post on the corner of the rue de la Ferme and the rue Tronchet in order to be able to keep an eye on both at the same time. Looking down the street, he could see massed groups of people lurching confusedly to and fro on the boulevard. From time to time he picked out the plume of a dragoon or a woman’s hat; he strained his eyes to recognize her.

I wonder if AVW’s brilliant diagnosis of the secret affinities between realism and reaction couldn’t also serve as an introduction to an analysis of Flaubert as someone who ran realism’s reactionary codes in reverse, allowed realism to rot itself out from within? Flaubert wrote a realism of realism and its discontents… What else does Emma Bovary struggle against than the petit bourgeois realism of her life, against the inevitable reign of Homais (the same)?
It is, by the way, also possible to run the Flaubertian process in reverse…
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July 23, 2005 at 9:30 pm

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Exciting

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jameson_f_archeologies.jpgFrom the Verso website:

In an age of globalization characterized by the dizzying technologies of the First World, and the social disintegration of the Third, is the concept of utopia still meaningful? Archaeologies of the Future, Jameson’s most substantial work since Postmodernism, Or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, investigates the development of this form since Thomas More, and interrogates the functions of utopian thinking in a post-Communist age.
The relationship between utopia and science fiction is explored through the representations of otherness—alien life and alien worlds—and a study of the works of Philip K. Dick, Ursula LeGuin, William Gibson, Brian Aldiss, Kim Stanley Robinson and more. Jameson’s essential essays, including “The Desire Called Utopia,” conclude with an examination of the opposing positions on utopia and an assessment of its political value today.
Archaeologies of the Future is the third volume, after Postmodernism and A Singular Modernity, of Jameson’s project on the Poetics of Social Forms.

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July 22, 2005 at 11:52 pm

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Crap Blogger

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I know, I know… If any of you are still reading this, I realize that I’ve been a crap blogger of late. Really bad. But the thing is, it’s been a mindbendingly busy summer. I’ve had a kid, moved to a new city, and I’m about to start a new job… courses to prep…
So I’ve been busy. And with the baby, I’m learning – by necessity – to economize my time. Simply don’t allow myself the online time that I used to. Work has to be work…
Anyway, those are my excuses. The site is definitely not dead, not even on formal hiatus. I promise I’ll be back in full form (and finally get around to posting a bit over on Long Sunday, which is getting better and better all the time I think…)

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July 19, 2005 at 12:06 am

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Sploided

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Not completely sure, but I’m getting the sense that we have a friend in Sploid… Nicely done, right on message…

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July 9, 2005 at 9:19 pm

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Fuckin Brilliant

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Thank you, AVW
I’ve decided: hers is my favorite blog. By a mile or so.

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July 9, 2005 at 8:52 pm

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