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bad romance

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One seems actually to exist and the other is a rather funny facebook joke, but I encountered the possibility of both with exactly the same degree of disbelief.

Update: no, disbelief isn’t the right word. In fact, it might be nearly the opposite of the right word. Baffled resignation at what either could be or is true? What’s the anglo-saxon for that?

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March 21, 2011 at 11:44 am

Posted in academia, zizek

what is difficult

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Flaubert to Colet, 28 June 1853:

it’s so easy to chatter on about the beautiful but to say in good style “close the door” or “he wanted to sleep” requires more genius than giving all the literature courses in the world.

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March 21, 2011 at 1:59 am

Posted in flaubert, simplicity

informational economies

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The difficulty: while fucking away time on facebook and twitter when you should be “working” on your informational commodity of one type or another might seem like self-distraction or time-wasting, the fact of the matter is that given the way things work, the connections that you are making or fostering might well be more important to the furtherance of your “career” than anything you might tap, dutifully, into the Word document open but hidden behind all the browser windows.

Or so one tells oneself. Perhaps even rightly.

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March 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Posted in distraction

shock doctrine, the film, in case you missed it

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Short but healthy viewing for all current occupations.

Cuaron directing based on a Klein text and with Foreign Office doing the graphic work. What could possibly be better… or more lucid… or more absolutely and prophetically correct?

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March 2, 2011 at 3:01 am

Posted in crisis

objectives become merely goals while projects turn into initiatives: some dfw edits

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Go take a look at this – where someone’s drawn up the edits that between a reading and print publication of a story that seems to be a section of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King, soon to be released. Quite a good idea, this, and I can’t wait to sit down and read it closely. Here’s a little bit to get you started:

Oh and here’s a recording of the initial reading… Makes me quite sad to hear, geez. “I assure you that I’m not going to look up but I’m acutely aware that you’re here.”

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March 1, 2011 at 11:11 am