Fall 2018

LIT 4930 Section 17287

You Can't Win: Loser Lit(erary Theory and Therapy):

Taking the Loss, aka "I Just Can't Help Myself"

Take the L! (Would you rather it be given to you?)

Email all work for the course to me at richardaburt22@gmail.com

No unauthorized cell phones, ipads, or laptops used during class.

T 2-3, R 3

TUR 2333

What have you got to lose?

Never Lose the Loser!

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Class Schedule

Course Description

Course Requirements

A, B, and C Below are Due the Day Before Each Classby 5:00 p.m.:

A. Two Discussion Questions

B. Three BIG WORDS

and / or

C. Take Your Shot

 

Learned Shelflessness

Professor Richard Burt

burtlives@gmail.com

Please email me only to send me class assignments. Otherwise, please talk to me in person after (not before) class or during office hours.

Office: 4314 Turlington Hall

Office Hours: Tuesday 11:35-1:05, Thursdays, 12:35-2:05, and by appointment

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Attendance

Paper Guidelines

Grading

Film Analysis

Slow Motion Reading

Elite Civility

Trickle Down Feminism

Ludovico Einaudi - "Elegy for the Arctic"

Trickle down feminism

Elite civility

What is neoliberalism? 

Gadaj?ce g?owy/Talking Heads (1980)

Won’t You Be My Neighbor (2018)

"Look for the Helpers." --Fred Rogers

Rogers attacked by the far right for making mellenials feel "so entitled."

May 1, 1969: Fred Rogers testifies before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications

Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda

Adam Ruins Everything

lingo-play

Communicants

Get some exercise. Every day. For your mental health. Endorphins help you think.

Form as Repetition Swimming

Wait for it! Tennis / In Full

Like a classroom--except we are having a clinic.

Judith Butler, Avital Ronell and Laurence Rickels. Kafka's Before The Law: Law of The Father. 2011

Advanced Vocabulary

Advanced English Words: great for GRE, TOEFL, SAT

Zurau Aphorisms
Franz Kafka's Zurau Aphorisms
Number One
Der wahre Weg geht über ein Seil, das nicht in der Höhe gespannt ist,
sondern knapp über dem Boden. Es scheint mehr bestimmt stolpern zu
machen, als begangen zu werden.

The true way is along a rope that is not spanned high in the air, but
only just above the ground. It seems intended more to cause stumbling
than to be walked along. [Kaiser/Wilkins]

The true path is along a rope, not a rope suspended way up in the air,
but rather only just over the ground. It seems more like a tripwire
than a tightrope. [Hofmann]

Extemporary Speech Jacques Lacan. Charlatan? Or Shaman?

As always, these words are extemporary, which doesn’t mean I don’t have a few brief notes here. I extemporized them this morning, because I work a great deal.  You shouldn’t think you have to do as much.
--Jacques Lacan, Talking to Brick Walls, p. 3

La psychanalyse est un remède contre l'ignorance. Elle est sans effet sur la connerie.” #JacquesLacan #psychanalyse

Firsts

MYSTERY OF THE LOST PAINTINGS

Toni Visconti on producing David Bowie's "Heroes"

David Bowie - some of his musicians talk about various songs

Reading by Chance: Sortes_Vergilianae

Jacques Derrida, (Mes)Chances

Classroom as Studio / Studium 

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations

Thomas Browne,

Hydriotaphia Urn Burial; or, a discourse of the sepulchral urns lately found in Norfolk

Missing UF Faculty (mostly from English)

Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person

Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person - Alain de Botton

Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities

The Jimmy Dore Show

Thomas Frank Interview

Listen Liberal Thomas Frank

Lionel Shriver's full speech: 'I hope the concept of cultural appropriation is a passing fad'

Beethoven, Große Fuge (complete, Great Fugue), op. 133, string quartet (animated score)

Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, organ

A classic you have to repeat to understand
around 23:00 time stamp 

How the title Jaws came to be:

Austin, John - Philosophical Papers 2ed - Philosophy of Language.pdf

Stanley Cavell, "Must-we-mean-what-we-say?"

Crackling Fireplace with Thunder, Rain and Howling Wind Sounds

For God's sake, Mr. Storyteller, you ask, where are they going? And I answer: for God's sake, Reader, does any of us know where we're going? Where are you going?

--Denis Diderot, Jacques the Fatalist, 41

With all this, Madam,—and what confounded every thing as much on the other hand, my uncle Toby had that unparalleled modesty of nature I once told you of, and which, by the bye, stood eternal sentry upon his feelings, that you might as soon—But where am I going? these reflections crowd in upon me ten pages at least too soon, and take up that time, which I ought to bestow upon facts.

--Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy

"Why Teach What You Already Know?"--Jean-Michel Rabaté

"I want to pay tribute to his memory here and to recall all that I owe to the trust and encouragement he gave me, even when, as he one day told me, he did not see at all where I was going. That was in 1966 during a colloquium in the United States in which we were both taking part. After a few friendly remarks on the paper I had just given, Jean Hippolyte added, “That said, I really don’t see where you are going.” I think I replied to him more or less as follows: “If I clearly saw ahead of time where I was going, I don’t really believe that I would take another step to get there.” Perhaps I then thought that knowing where one is going may no doubt help in orienting one’s thinking, but that it has never made anyone take a single step, quite the opposite in fact. What is the good of going where one knows oneself to be going and where one knows that one is destined to arrive? Recalling this reply today, I am not sure that I really understand it very well, but it surely did not mean that I never see or never know where I am going and that to this this extent, to the extent that I do not know, it I is not certain that I have ever taken any step or said anything at all."

--Jacques Derrida, "Punctuations: The Time of a Thesis," in The Eyes of the University, 115

Literary biography is one of the background noises of our age. It’s a decent, friendly sort of hum, like the Sunday papers or chatter on a train. It gives the punters a bit of history and a bit of literature, and perhaps a bit of gossip, and what’s more it saves them the trouble of reading history. And poems too, for that matter. Not to mention the ordeal of ploughing through a load of literary criticism. But there are two respects in which literary biography is intrinsically pernicious, however well it’s done. The first is that literary biographies need a thesis in order to catch the headlines. This can turn what ought to be a delicate art into a piece of problem-solving or a search for a key to a life. Wordsworth? Well, that stuff about Lucy is really all about his affair with Annette Vallon. Byron? Just remember he loved his sister. Shakespeare? Didn’t you realise he was the Earl of Oxford? The other problem is that even the best examples can’t entirely avoid the naive reduction of literature to evidence or symptom – epiphenomena which are brought about by, and potentially reducible to, biographical origins.

These generic pressures set up a conflict between literary biography and what it’s like to read most poems. Reading poems is usually, if things go well, a process of losing and finding one’s balance, and then wondering if one has really grasped the thing after all. John Donne’s poems in particular are extremely unstable. Critics have often got into a sweat about the way that they argue implausible cases, and very often, too, things happen in the course of them which make it quite clear that while the speaker is busily arguing the hind parts off whatever quadruped or biped he has in his sights he is not actually getting very far in persuading them of his case. In ‘The Flea’, just as the would-be lover is telling his wouldn’t-be mistress that the flea is an emblem of their spiritual union and a sign that sex amounts to no more than a flea-bite, she purples her nail with its blood, and squishes the argument. The energy of the poems comes from the kinds of non-understanding they generate: you get one strand, start to be convinced, and then another cuts across and pulls you in a new direction. When those poems are solemnly presented as evidence or symptoms of a life one’s immediate reaction is to protest that their vitality, which depends on a plurality of disintegrating perspectives, might be a bit like life as it might feel to live it (confusion, moments of triumph, realisations that it isn’t that easy, surges of power, cross-currents of frustration), but it is not at all the matter of a biography.

Recribrations

Colin Burrow

 

 

If Students Are Smart, They’ll Major in What They Love

Missing UF Faculty (mostly from English)

https://monoskop.org/Monoskop

"Leave Your Laptops at the Door to My Classroom"

David Bowie - some of his musicians talk about various songs

Goldberg Variations Complete (J.S. Bach BWV 988), with score, Kimiko Ishizaka piano

W.K. Wimsatt, The Verbal Icon: Studies in the Meaning of Poetry(1954) "When Is Variation Elegant?" 

Have You Seen
This ? 

Manuscript Art – Taking a closer look


The dolly zoom Vertigo Effect - 7 Examples

On Contact: A New McCarthyism with Ellen Schrecker

Stewart Lee on UKIP

Werner Herzog on the importance of reading (go to 4:05)

Hélène Grimaud

Her Way: A pianist of strong opinions.

 

Open Culture

MATTHEW Q. CLARIDA, "Law School Profs Condemn New Sexual Harassment Policy"
CRIMSON October 15, 2014

Hannah Arendt, TRUTH AND POLITICS
Originally published in The New Yorker, February 25, 1967

Hannah Arendt, "Lying in Politics: Reflections on The Pentagon Papers"
NOVEMBER 18, 1971 ISSUE

“The Political Function of the Modern Lie” (Contemporary Jewish Record). Author : Alexander Koyré. Publication Year: 1945.

ANEMONA HART OCOLLIS, "Colleges Spending Millions to Deal With Sexual Misconduct Complaint" MARCH 29, 2016

Richard Burt and Jeffrey Wallen, "Knowing Better: Sex, Cultural Criticism, and the Pedagogical Imperative in the 1990s," Diacritics"Texts / Contexts," Spring 1999, 29 (1): 72-91.?

The History, Uses, and Abuses of Title IX AAUP

 

Tony Benn - 10 min History Lesson for Neoliberals

Alain Badiou, The True Life

--Colette

Close Listening 

Changing the Paradigm 2015 Developmental Trauma Panel | Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Behind the Globe Article

Arthur Schopenhauer, The Art of Being Right: 38 Ways to Win an Argument 

HyperNormalisation

The Billionaire Class is Not Fit to Rule - Paul Jay

The Pathology of the Rich - Chris Hedges on Reality Asserts Itself

C. Wright Mills, The Power Elite (1956)

The Jimmy Dore Show Published on Jun 21, 2018

Werner Herzog on the importance of reading (go to 4:05)

Welcome to Pinboard!

The Billionaire Class is Not Fit to Rule - Paul Jay

BRANKO MARCETIC, "The FBI’s Secret War" (2016)

Oblique Perspective in Hans Holbein's The Ambassadors; Jacques Derrida on oblique reading in Passion: An Oblique Offering; Interviewing trauma victims Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

The Nun Teaser

Release Date: Sept. 7 | Warner Bros.

Werner Herzog on the importance of reading (go to 4:05)

Benjamin Ginsberg, The Fall of the Faculty (2011)

Letterbox

Mr. Lisa's Opus

Gadaj?ce g?owy/Talking Heads (1980)

Changing the Paradigm 2015 Developmental Trauma Panel | Dr. Bessel van der Kolk

Behind the Globe Article

Letterbox

Mr. Lisa's Opus

Hélène Grimaud

Her Way: A pianist of strong opinions.

The CIA’s Kafkaesque Guide to Subverting Any Organization with “Purposeful Stupidity” (1944)

The CIA's Timeless Tips for "Simple Sabotage"

ANEMONA HART OCOLLIS, "Colleges Spending Millions to Deal With Sexual Misconduct Complaint" MARCH 29, 2016

Richard Burt and Jeffrey Wallen, "Knowing Better: Sex, Cultural Criticism, and the Pedagogical Imperative in the 1990s," Diacritics"Texts / Contexts," Spring 1999, 29 (1): 72-91.?

The History, Uses, and Abuses of Title IX AAUP

My Title IX Inquisition By Laura Kipnis MAY 29, 2015

MATTHEW Q. CLARIDA, "Law School Profs Condemn New Sexual Harassment Policy"
CRIMSON October 15, 2014

Franz Kafka

Interpretation as Circle

Tycho - A Walk (Live on KEXP)

Franz Kafka

David Bowie's "Cat People (Putting out Fire)" in

Atomic Blonde (2017) versus Inglorious Basterds (2009)

German band Apparat's The Devil's Walk "Goodbye" (2011)

on the soundtrack in the montage at the end of the finale of Breaking Bad S4 E13 (2011)

versus in the opening title sequence of Netflix's Dark (2017)

Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" in the opening title sequence of David Fincher's Girl with a Dragon Tatoo (2014) and in Thor Ragnarok's (2017) prologue.

In some cases, similar composers, like Michael Nyman and Philip Glass, may do similar work, and you may like both of them and prefer on or other, maybe change your mind, and so on.

Tycho - A Walk (Live on KEXP)

 

LET'S STICK IT OUT!

Drawing to Learn

Larry gets Fatwa'ed | Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 9

Kafka

Dive into the heart of the Roland-Garros atmosphere! Chapter 3: motivation.

Que faire en cas d'explosion nucléaire? Une agence US vous instruit

When we go through libraries, convinced of these princi- ples, what havoc must we make? If we take in our hand any volume—of divinity or school metaphysics, for instance—let us ask, Does it contain any abstract reasoning about quantity or number? No. Does it contain any experiential reasoning about matters of fact and existence? No. Then throw it in the fire, for it can contain nothing but sophistry and illusion.

--David Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Dive into the heart of the Roland-Garros atmosphere! Chapter 4: joy.

Cyrano de Bergerac / J-P Rappeneau (Gerard Depardieu)

MARK EDMUNDSON Argues Colleges More Training Than Transformation (2013)

Neoliberalese at the corporate university

The destructive character lives from the feeling that life is not worth living but that suicide is not worth the trouble.
--Walter Benjamin, "The Destructive Character," Selected Writings  Vol 2 part 2, 542?

White Like Me - SNL

Yanis Varoufakis: Is Capitalism Devouring Democracy?

Fear and Loathing in Trump's America

Matt Taibbi - I Can't Breathe

A Visual History of Trump Magazine Covers

President Trump said on Monday that he has the power to pardon himself. June 4, 2018

To Be or Not To Be — "Heil Myself"


As always, these words are extemporary, which doesn’t mean I don’t have a few brief notes here. I extemporized them this morning, because I work a great deal.  You shouldn’t think you have to do as much.
--Jacques Lacan, Talking to Brick Walls, p. 3

"You make it up as you go along."

--Haruki Murakami, Absolutely Speaking

Heinrich von Kleist, "On-the-Gradual-Construction-of-Thoughts-During-Speech"

Heinrich von Kleist, "On the Gradual Production of Thoughts Whilst Speaking"

La psychanalyse est un remède contre l'ignorance. Elle est sans effet sur la connerie.

--Jacques Lacan

When Dinosaurs Fought In The Civil War

A Brief History of Capitalism. Yanis Varoufakis Interview

I'm Afraid Of Americans David Bowie

Toni Visconti on producing David Bowie's "Heroes"

LCD Soundsystem - american dream

The Destruction of an Independent Press with Mark Crispin Miller (On Contact, May 2018)

Our Nazi "Gleichschaltung," the top down "streamlining" of all all media in all spheres. John Ausitn uses the German word in relation to philosophy in Sense and Sensibilia.

Shirer, William L. Berlin Diary: the journal of a foreign correspondent, 1934-1941 August 10, 1939 p. 172-73 (the Nazi's 1939 streamlined fake news about Poland = the U.S.'s streamlined fake news 2016 Russia)


Creativity and Reassemblage

(Patti) LaBelle - Lady Marmalade (1975)

Moulin Rouge trailer Baz Luhrmann 2001

Music video by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mya, Pink performing Lady Marmalade. (C) 2002

Buggles - Video killed the radio star 1979

Music video by The Killers performing Mr. Brightside. (C) 2004


  (2016)

Lionel Shriver: Why the term 'populism' is dishonest - Viewsnight

  

Schopenhauer's metaphysical writing pad.

 

Sigmund Freud, A Note upon the “Mystic Writing Pad” (1925)

When film franchise titles go in the right and the wrong directions.

Blockers (2018) and the Sophisticated Vulgarity of Emojis. (See my Spring 2019 course on film trailers.)

Blockers, first ever partial film title with a (deniable) visual pun and sound effect, spelling out the true title, namely, Cock Blockers? (Cock-a-doodle-do? No, it's just a rooster, not a cock crowing.) Alternate title? Block Cock. Actually, the film seems to be about parental vagina blockers. Like parents designed elaborate chastity belts for their daughters to wear to the prom. The inversion of gender roles plays out when partying jocks make the two fathers chug beer up their asses in exchange for help blocking their daughters. The cut down title a metaphor for their symbolic castration? Moms cock block too, btw. The parents might want to watch Carrie to understand loss of virginity involves bloodloss; it's not bloodless. Another alternate title? Block the Cock. (It's just about the rooster. He is too loud.) Note the recurrent line "I'm in," as if taken from a heist or spy film (involving hacking--cracking the code-- as well as cracking the safe combination).

 

The Panotti, from Vlyssis Aldrovandi’s book, Monstrorum Historia, 1642.

White Like Me SNL 12/15/84

Racial Bias In St.Louis Revealed Via Hidden Camera - Diane Sawyer PrimeTime 1991


 Joseph P. Williams, "Segregation's Legacy Fifty years after the Fair Housing Act was signed, America is nearly as segregated as when President Lyndon Johnson signed the law" April 20, 2018 

Matt Taibbi - I Can't Breathe

Sorry to Bother You 2018

Political correctness: a force for good? A Munk Debate May 20, 2018

The Forum: Right to Say: Freedom, Respect, and Campus Speech

Nomi Prins: How Central Bankers Rigged the World

Faux-titre

Walter Benn Michaels, "Who gets ownership of pain and victimhood?"

Democracy Lost: A Report on the Fatally Flawed 2016 Democratic Primaries

"Who Speaks for the Negro?" (1965)

Jacob Lawrence

Robert Penn Warren, New Dawn: Hiroshima, New York, The Limited Editions Club, 1983

Butt rip jeans (2018)

So Fine (dir. Adrew Bergman, 1981)


All the King's Men

 Bruno Latour, On the Modern Cult of the Factish Gods (Science and Cultural Theory)

The economy of his errors and weaknesses –more a fantastic edifice than the totality of his gifts—is so delicately and precisely organized that all outward confirmation only disrupts it.  Well it may, if this man is to be certified as the “pattern of a harmoniously and perfectly formed human type,” if he is to appear—in a term as absurd stylistically as semantically—as a philanthropist, so that anyone listening to his “hardness” with “the ears of a soul” would find the reason for it in compassion. No! This incorruptible, piercing, resolute assurance does not spring from the noble poetic or humane disposition that his followers are so fond of attributing to him.  How utterly banal, and at the same time how fundamentally wrong, is their derivation of his hatred from love, when it is obvious how much more elemental are the forces here at work: a humanity that is only an alternation of malice and sophistry and malice, a nature that is the highest school of aversion to mankind and a pity that is alive only when interlaced with vengeance, “Oh, had I only been left the choice / to carve the dog or the butcher, / I should have chosen.”  Nothing is more perverse than to try to fashion him after the image of what he loves.  Rightly, Kraus the “timeless world-disturber” has been confronted with the “eternal world-improver,” on whom benign glances not infrequently fall.

Walter Benjamin, “Karl Krauss” in Selected Writings, Vol 2, Part 2 1931-1934 ed. Michael Jennings, Harvard UP, pp. 442-43.

You will be receiving, as requested, the proofs of Grete de Francesco’s book on the charlatan.  I am quite taken with the unusual theme of the book itself, and with the combination of carefulness and perceptiveness with which the author has approached the material. Unfortunately, it is rather disappointing in other respects. It basically suffers throughout from the unfortunate idea of presenting the charlatan as spiritually akin to the dictators of today, and imagines that criticizing the one is tantamount to scourging the other.  The reasoning behind this is politically null and void, and only prevents her account from even approaching the most fundamental and interesting aspects of the figure of the charlatan.  I think I am hardly wrong in assuming that even if the publisher who commissioned the book would have been unduly concerned if it had also revealed certain positive features in the phenomenon of the charlatan.  Instead, the book is grounded in a kind of gloomy moralizing which no longer permits the appearance of any specific historical or local l color—even if such a thing were remotely intended in the first place. The inadequacy of the entire treatment is most tangible in the chapter on automation.  If Ernst Bloch had ever written his Noble Couple, we would certainly have received something more illuminating about the charlatan. –I don’t need to say that the book has done nothing to reduce my sympathy for Grete de Francesco.
WB to TA Letter 86, p. 206

I have read about one-third of the Francesco book.  Without wishing to ignore the culture and the industry that have gone into the work, I cannot but share your own view that there really is little question of considering the author for our planned book.  Above all on account of the naivety in it its philosophical approach to history, which constantly reduces the figure of the charlatan to the dimensions of ‘the universally human’. And that is precisely why the fashioned network of analogies proves so impotent where Hitler is concerned.
TA to WB Letter 88, p. 211-12

The Power of the Charlatan by Grete de Francesco; translated from the German by Miriam Beard. New Haven, Yale University Press, 1939.

"The Path to Success, in Thirteen Theses"

Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 2: Part 1 1927–1930 ed. Michael Jennings, Harvard UP, 2005, pp

The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business - RAI with Rana Foroohar

SLAVES TO LOVE:

Let’s Stick It Out
Draw stick figures to teach how people learn—put name of stick figure, then big head—then inside the names of the films really important to her or him) 
It’s like a gathering—so then who had Hitchcock in their heads?  Some loss in their—because they only have AH’s films in their heads).  But how are the memories stored?  What is really in their heads?  This is a bio-bibliographical model—auteur is basically the proper name—you can’t list all of the others the way software designs do for certain programs.

25 Labor Events and Organizers Who We Should Teach About During Women’s History Month

HAS CAPITALISM FAILED THE WORLD?

Trickle-Down Feminism

'91-Year-Old Woman Fills in $89,000 Artwork She Thought Was Crossword Puzzle'

Rosalie Chan, Jul 15, 2016

http://www.minds.com, the free speech-based social network

CIA op Timber Sycamore in Syria

Even Jesus had only so much patience as a teacher--with his best students! What losers. And they didn't even show up for the crucifixion. :(

Burt reads William Wordsworth's "I wandered lonely as a cloud" in Lewes, England, March 2018. Cinematography by Richard Wilson using an iphone 6.

Open Culture

https://monoskop.org/Monoskop

(Watch films on disc or streaming: UF KANOPY is free)

Derrida, Jacques. 2002. Who's Afraid of Philosophy: Right to Philosophy 1 trans. Jan Plug. Stanford Univ. Press, 

Derrida,Jacques. 2004. Eyes of the University: Right to Philosophy 2 trans. Jan Plug. Stanford Univ. Press,

Structure, Scaffolding, and the Leap of Faith Indiana Jones

Charles Glass, "Nagmachons," 
Times Literary Supplement | 5th April 2016

Michel Foucault's reply to George Steiner's review of Foucualt's The Order of Things (George Steiner, “The Mandarin of the Hour—Michel Foucault,” New York Times Book Review February 21, 1971), “Monstrosities in Criticism” Diacritics 1, no.1 (1971) 57-60 

George Steiner, “Steiner Responds to Foucault,” Diacritics 1, no. 2 (Winter, 1971), p. 59.

Foucault responds to Steiner.

Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States | Netflix (also on vimeo)

Inside Milan’s Opulent Retirement Home for Musicians

Morning Joe panel stunned by professor’s passionate case to ‘get out’ of Syria

Rene Magritte “The Art of Conversation”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVgzOyHVcj4

No Sex Marriage

Titles

Consider the difference between "learned outcomes" and "learning outcomes.

http://www.ubu.com/sound/

2007

http://www.ubu.com/sound/

John Ralston Saul: The Collapse of Globalism


GILLIAN TETT, "The low-paid workers cleaning up the worst horrors of the internet

Field of Vision - Best of Luck with the Wall

Follow me on Twitter

Ludovico Einaudi - "Elegy for the Arctic"

A little about me

STEAM (not STEM) The "A" stands for "Arts," as in Liberal Arts.


If Students Are Smart, They’ll Major in What They Love

Missing UF Faculty (mostly from English)

https://monoskop.org/Monoskop

"Leave Your Laptops at the Door to My Classroom"

Toni Visconti on producing David Bowie's "Heroes"

Classsroom as Studio / Studium

Reading by Chance: Sortes_Vergilianae

Jacques Derrida, (Mes)Chances

David Bowie - some of his musicians talk about various songs

Goldberg Variations Complete (J.S. Bach BWV 988), with score, Kimiko Ishizaka piano

W.K. Wimsatt, The Verbal Icon: Studies in the Meaning of Poetry (1954) "When Is Variation Elegant?" 

Have You Seen
This ?

Manuscript Art – Taking a closer look

WATCHING FILMS TO THE END

Widescreen vs. Pan & Scan

Letterbox

Franz Kafka

Interpretation as Circle

The dolly zoom Vertigo Effect - 7 Examples

Shepard Tone

Stella oft sees the very face of woe
Painted in my beclouded stormy face,
But cannot skill to pity my disgrace,
Not though thereof the cause herself she know;
Yet hearing late a fable, which did show
Of lovers never known a grievous case,
Pity thereof gat in her breast such place
That, from that sea derived, tears’ spring did flow.
Alas, if fancy drawn by imaged things,
Though false, yet with free scope more grace doth breed
Than servant’s wrack, where new doubts honor brings;
Then think, my dear, that you in me do read
Of lover’s ruin some sad tragedy.
I am not I; pity the tale of me.

--Sir Philip Sidney, Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet 45

If you came this way, 
Taking the route you would be likely to take 
From the place you would be likely to come from, 
If you came this way in may time, you would find the hedges 
White again, in May, with voluptuary sweetness. 
It would be the same at the end of the journey, 
If you came at night like a broken king, 

Little Gidding, T.S. Eliot

and I am re-begot / Of absence, darkness, death: things which are not.

 A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy's Day

John Donne

A new film tracks outsourced workers in grim little cubicles watching the depravity that exists online" Opinion FT Magazine

"Neoliberal Arts" Harper's Magazine 2015

Dickens, Charles. 1852. "A Ragged School," Harper's Magazine

"Historical, in fact philological, considerations have slowly but surely taken the place of profound explorations of eternal problems. The question becomes: What did this or that philosopher think or not think? And is this or that text rightly ascribed to him or not? And even: Is this variant of a classical text preferable to that other? Students in university seminars today are encouraged to occupy themselves with such emasculated inquiries. As a result, of course, philosophy itself is banished from the university altogether." 

Nietzsche, Fredrich. 1872 Anti-Education Harper's Magazine

Friedrich Nietzsche,1872. ANTI-EDUCATION introduction and annotation by Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon, translated from the German by Damion Searls

Heidegger, Martin, 1933. "The Self-Assertion of the German University and The Rectorate 1933/34: Facts and Thoughts," Review of Metaphysics 38 (March 1985): 467-502. 

Auerbach, Eric. 1943. Epilogue to Mimesis: The Represenation of Reality in Western Literature

The Cleaners (dir. Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck, 2018)

Preschool Politics: intersectionality a religion?

JAMES BALDWIN The FBI file

Robovoice:

Alex Jones blasts Trump over airstrikes He's crapping all over us

Morning Joe panel stunned by professor’s passionate case to ‘get out’ of Syria

Social Media Censorship Workers

What Exactly Is Neoliberalism?

Psychometrics Centre “Of course we feel uneasy about [using data] for mind control,” Prof Rust said.

 

Someone said: “The dead writers are remote from us because we know so much more than they did.” Precisely, and they are that which we know. . . . The emotion of art is impersonal. And the poet cannot reach this impersonality without surrendering himself wholly to the work to be done. And he is not likely to know what is to be done unless he lives in what is not merely the present, but the present moment of the past, unless he is conscious, not of what is dead, but of what is already living.

T.S. Eliot (1888–1965). The Sacred Wood.  1921. Tradition and the Individual Talent

Adam Phillips, Missing Out in Praise of the Unlived Life

Former CIA Director Admits to US Foreign Meddling, Laughs About It (2018)

Michael Hudson - How We Got to Junk Economics

burtnewcensorship.pdf

marginalnotetofootnote.pdf

Politics of Friendship.pdf

gambler.pdf

Doris Duke (USA, 1969) "I'm a Loser"

Billion Dollar Loser Hillary Clinton's speech to business conference

National Nurses United: Trump Terrifying, But Movement Must Be Built that Speaks to Issues

W.K. Wimsatt, "Elegant Variations," in The Verbal Icon.

Goldberg Variations Complete (J.S. Bach BWV 988), with score, Kimiko Ishizaka piano

Agnotology: Culturally Constructed Ignorance Wins the Day 
By Barry Ritholtz 
http://bv.ms/28YUuaw 

"The company eagerly cultivates an academic aura, and the facility is
referred to as its “campus.” The campus bookstore sells dozens of
business books, of the kind ubiquitous in airport newsstands. Typical
selections included The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle:
How to Become a Servant Leader (featuring a jacket blurb from the
Senior Vice President of Operations for Chik-fil-a) and Leading with
Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit
. Alas, they did not have my
favorite managerial tome of all time, If Harry Potter Ran General
Electric: Leadership Wisdom from the World Of Wizards
, which is a
genuine, honest-to-God book that you can look up and purchase."

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2016/06/the-unendurable-horrors-of-leadership-camp

Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright Rebuke Young Women Backing Bernie Sanders‘We Think the Price Is Worth It’

Gloria Steinem Discussing Her Time in the CIA

https://twitter.com/pausetheprocess/status/890571658691358721

Doris Duke - "I Don't Care Anymore"

 TBTV

Silent Film Soundtracks and Other Resources (2018)

Is Film Over? (2014)

 

I could while away the hours, conferring with the flowers, ----ing with the rain.

Day for Night (dir. François Truffaut, 1973)

Lack of Oxford comma costs Maine company millions in overtime dispute

The Blob  

MTV style editing.

Werner Herzog talks books

Michael J. Glennon "National Security and Double Government" Harvard National Security Journal 1 (2014)

AMANDA TAUB and MAX FISHER, "As Leaks Multiply, Fears of a ‘Deep State’ in America" FEB. 16, 2017

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (dir. Don Siegel, 1956)

Gifs as film criticism

ANTICIPATORY LEARNING

from Thomas Mann, Doktor Faustus, p. 63.

Erik Satie Vexations Complete non-stop performance ( 9.41 hours ) by Nicolas Horvath

Erik Satie - Tapisserie en fer forgé

Piano Sonata No. 32 (Beethoven)

Claudio Arrau Beethoven, Piano Sonata No. 32 

Mitsuko Uchida Masterclass - Comparing Beethoven N.4 in G Major and Mozart’s K. 503

Yogi Berra

Replica The Dordogne, France: Lascaux's Prehistoric Cave Paintings

MICHEL FOU-TROLL

Casino Capitalism (Literally)

When the N-Word was still possible to use for anti-racist purposes (1949)

The Daze the (Neoliberal) Earth Stood Still:

On Contact: A New McCarthyism with Ellen Schrecker

TEDs Controversy – 3 Threatening Talks They Tried to Censor

I am not careful to justify myself. I own I am
gladdened by seeing the predominance of the sac-
charine principle throughout vegetable nature, and
not less by beholding in morals that unrestrained
inundation of the principle of good into every chink
and hole that selfishness has left open, yea into self-
ishness and sin itself; so that no evil is pure, nor
hell itself without its extreme satisfactions. But
lest I should mislead any when I have my own
head and obey my whims, let me remind the reader
that I am only an experimenter. Do not set the
least value on what I do, or the least discredit on
what I do not, as if I pretended to settle any thing
as true or false. I unsettle all things. No facts
are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply ex-
periment, an endless seeker with no Past at my
back.

The one thing which we seek with insatiable desire is to forget ourselves, to be surprised out of our propriety, to lose our sempiternal memory and to do something without knowing how or why; in short to draw a new circle. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. The way of life is wonderful; it is by abandonment. The great moments of history are the facilities of performance through the strength of ideas, as the works of genius and religion. "A man," said Oliver Cromwell, "never rises so high as when he knows not whither he is going." Dreams and drunkenness, the use of opium and alcohol are the semblance and counterfeit of this oracular genius, and hence their dangerous attraction for men. For the like reason they ask the aid of wild passions, as in gaming and war, to ape in some manner these flames and generosities of the heart.

Ralph Waldo EmersonEssays, First Series

10. CIRCLES.

The Powell Memo (also known as the Powell Manifesto) The Powell Memo was first published August 23, 1971

Gérard Genette and Bernard Crampe, "´Structure and Functions of the Title in Literature,"
Critical Inquiry, Vol. 14, No. 4 (Summer, 1988), pp. 692-720

I could while away the hours, conferring with the flowers, ----ing with the rain.

Gérard Genette and Bernard Crampe, "´Structure and Functions of the Title in Literature,"
Critical Inquiry, Vol. 14, No. 4 (Summer, 1988), pp. 692-720.

Reading Not Reading: Text and Paratexts, or the Table of Conents.

Progressive Teacher Alison Hartson Running For Senate Seat

Interrogating Texts Six Reading Habits to Develop

Reading Strategies

Bill Readings, The University in Ruins

"Getting Ahead" and "Trickle Down" Feminism: Sheryl Sandberg and "Lean In"

Dayna Tortorici "Lean Out Feminist struggles are labor struggles" November 2017

Michel de Montaigne, "That to Study Philosophy is to Learn to Die" (1580)

Whereby may be seen that nothing is so hard or so uncertaine to be found out as the certaintie of the truth, sithence no man can put any assured confidence concerning the truth of a battel, neither in the knowledge of him that was Generall or commanded over it, nor in the soldiers that fought, of anything that hath hapned amongst them; except after the manner of a strict point of law, the severall witnesses are brought and examined face to face, and that all matters be nicely and thorowly sifted by the objects and trials of the successe of every accident. Verily the knowledge we have of our owne affaires is much more barren and feeble. But this hath sufficiently been handled by Bodin, and agreeing with my conception. Somewhat to aid the weaknesse of my memorie and to assist her great defects; for it hath often been my chance to light upon bookes which I supposed to be new and never to have read, which I had not understanding diligently read and run over many years before, and all bescribled with my notes; I have a while since accustomed my selfe to note at the end of my booke (I meane such as I purpose to read but once) the time I made an end to read it, and to set downe what censure or judgement I gave of it; that so it may at least at another time represent unto my mind the aire and generall idea I had conceived of the Author in reading him. I will here set downe the Copie of some of my annotations, and especially what I noted upon my Guicciardine about ten years since: (For what language soever my books speake unto me I speake unto them in mine owne.) He is a diligent Historiographer and from whom in my conceit a man may as exactly learne the truth of such affaires as passed in his time, as of any other writer whatsoever: and the rather because himselfe hath been an Actor of most part of them and in verie honourable place.

--Michel de Montaigne, "Of Bookes"

 

I am sorry for the boy or girl, or man or woman, who has never been touched by the spell of this mysterious sensorial life, with its irrationality, if so you like to call it, but its vigilance and its supreme felicity. The holidays of life are its most vitally significant portions, because they are, or at least should be, covered with just this kind of magically irresponsible spell.

And now what is the result of all these considerations and quotations? It is negative in one sense, but positive in another. It absolutely forbids us to be forward in pronouncing on the meaninglessness of forms of existence other than our own; and it commands us to tolerate, respect, and indulge those whom we see harmlessly interested and happy in their own ways, however unintelligible these may be to us. Hands off: neither the whole of truth nor the whole of good is revealed to any single observer, although each observer gains a partial superiority of insight from the peculiar position in which he stands. Even prisons and sick-rooms have their special revelations. It is enough to ask of each of us that he should be faithful to his own opportunities and make the most of his own blessings, without presuming to regulate the rest of the vast field.

--William James, On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings


In this respect, he [Diagoras the atheist [1] ] rightly replied, who, when he was shown, on tablets hung up in a temple, those who had given votive offerings so that they might be saved from the perils of shipwreck, and was pressed for an answer whether he nevertheless denied the power of the Gods, asked in his turn ‘And where are those shown who died after they had called on the Gods?’

This is more or less the reason for all superstitions, such as [belief] in astrology, in dreams, in the fates and suchlike, in which men delight; they pay heed to those that come to pass but, on the contrary, when they are false – which happens much the more often – they neglect them and pass them over.

And this evil creeps, persistently and most subtly, into the philosophies and the sciences, in which that [opinion] which is once accepted infects all the rest (even though these are much better established and more powerful) and reduces them to agree with it.

Francis Bacon, THE NEW ORGANON OR TRUE DIRECTIONS CONCERNING THE INTERPRETATION OF NATURE 1620

(3) Antiquities, or remnants of history, are, as was said, tanquam tabula naufragii: when industrious persons, by an exact and scrupulous diligence and observation, out of monuments, names, words, proverbs, traditions, private records and evidences, fragments of stories, passages of books that concern not story, and the like, do save and recover somewhat from the deluge of time.

 rough drafts of history; and antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.

https://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/b/bacon/francis/b12a/chapter10.html

Yea, if through all the world in finite tale 
Be tossed the procreant bodies of one thing, 
Whence, then, and where in what mode, by what power, 
Shall they to meeting come together there, 
In such vast ocean of matter and tumult strange?- 
No means they have of joining into one. 
But, just as, after mighty shipwrecks piled, 
The mighty main is wont to scatter wide 
The rowers' banks, the ribs, the yards, the prow, 
The masts and swimming oars, so that afar 
Along all shores of lands are seen afloat 
The carven fragments of the rended poop, 
Giving a lesson to mortality 
To shun the ambush of the faithless main, 
The violence and the guile, and trust it not 
At any hour, however much may smile 
The crafty enticements of the placid deep: 
Exactly thus, if once thou holdest true 
That certain seeds are finite in their tale, 
The various tides of matter, then, must needs 
Scatter them flung throughout the ages all, 
So that not ever can they join, as driven 
Together into union, nor remain 
In union, nor with increment can grow- 
But facts in proof are manifest for each: 
Things can be both begotten and increase. 

On the Nature of Things 

By Lucretius 

Written 50 B.C.E 

Doris Duke, "I Don't Care Anymore"

Vampyr

Compare two translations of the same work:

Heinrich von Kleist, "On-the-Gradual-Construction-of-Thoughts-During-Speech"

Heinrich von Kleist, "On the Gradual Production of Thoughts Whilst Speaking"

On Contact: The Failings of the American Left with Charles Derber

BBC 4 Feminism: Anne McElvoy (Editor of the Economist) interviews Natasha Walter and Catherine Hakim

Chris Hedges Explores the New McCarthyism With Historian Ellen Schrecker

"Facebook Feminism, Like It or Not"

Susan Faludi No. 23  August 2013

Jacques Petti, Done: `The book to read' - GQ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5WxdqmAue0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoadskHPGhE?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqJFtTsUEXI

 Pankaj Mishra?, Age of Anger: A History of the Present https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJUZafB280Q For Obama as "neoliberal chic," go to time stamp 18:214-34


Barenboim on Beethoven - Masterclass on the Sonatas time stamp 28:30

 

 

Apollonian and Dionysian

2001: A Space Odyssey "Star Gate" sequence

Erasure of Hal's Memory in 2001: A Space Odyssey

*Charley (Flowers for Algernon)

Ann M. Blair, Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age

Ideas (canon of "great" works of general interest) versus Excellence (the content free corporate university)

Casino Capitalism (Literally)

Firsts!

Juan Luis Borges, "Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote"

 

Pierre Menard, autor del Quijote (El jardín de senderos que se bifurcan (1941; Ficciones, 1944)

Recommended Reading (Optional):

Paul de Man reviewing Borges, in "A Modern Master" (1964)

Michel Foucault citing Borges in essay on Steiner, "Monstrosities in Criticism"

George Steiner, Steiner Responds to Foucault, Diacritics Vol. 1, No. 2 (Winter, 1971), p. 59

What can you tell from a politician's photo?

Follow the Money

The funniest advertisement I have ever watched.

What to Make of the Age of Trump by Thomas Frank

SOUNDLESS SPEECH | WORDLESS WRITING: LANGUAGE AND GERMAN SILENT CINEMA

Crackling Campfire on the Windy Tundra of Norway (HD)

 ELISABETH VINCENTELL, "The Detective Was a Performance Artist. The Evidence Is Now a Show"JUNE 26, 2017

Poem - She Drew The Gun

Tony Benn - 10 min History Lesson for Neoliberals

Alain Badiou, The True Life

National Nurses United: Trump Terrifying, But Movement Must Be Built that Speaks to Issues

"Dehumanization by Deification: On Kamala Harris and "Black Women Will Save Us" Zoé Samudzi is a Black feminist writer and doctoral student in Medical Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco.

Washington Post's Disgusting Guest List At Hamptons Party

Burt is not crazy! VICE CENSORS

The 13th

"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States.” 

From The New Yorker

"You can be black and upper middle class, you can be gay and upper class, you can be transsexual and upper class, you can be a woman and be upper middle class, you can be an immigrant and upper class, but you can't be working class and upper middle class.  The University is (or was) an upper middle class institution and its culture and habitus (if you will) cannot tolerate working class culture: working class culture is what the University keeps out and what upwardly mobile students want to shed.  As Walter Michaels says, they want to stop being working class.  They don't want to do dangerous jobs, be poorly paid, have bad taste. . . . "

--Sharon O'Dair

New York Times, pro-Israel advocate Bari Weiss smears Sarsour as a ‘hater’

A science of the signifier (even if still in process of development), that is, has taken its place in the work of the period and its purpose is less the analysis of the sign than its dislocation. With regard to myth, and though this is a work that is yet to be carried through, the new semiology - or the new mythology - can no longer, will no longer be able to, separate so easily the signifier from the signified, the ideological from the phraseological. It is not that the distinction is false or without its use but rather that it too has become in some sort mythical: any student can and does denounce the bourgeois or petit-bourgeois character of such and such a form (of life, of thought, of consumption). In other words, a mythological doxa has been created: denunciation, demystification (or demythification), has itself become discourse, stock of phrases, catechistic declaration; in the face of which, the science of the signifier can only shift its place and stop (provisionally) further on - no longer at the (analytic) dissociation of the sign but at its very hesitation: it is no longer the myths which need to be unmasked (the doxa now takes care of that), it is the sign itself which must be shaken; the problem is not to reveal the (latent) meaning of an utterance, of a trait, of a narrative, but to fissure the very representation of meaning, is not to change or purify the symbols but to challenge the symbolic itself.

ROLAND BARTHES, "Change the Object Itself Mythology today," Image Music Text Essays selected and translated by Stephen Heath, pp. 165 -70.

There is too much here to try to unravel. But here are some of the threads: The words “inadvertently” and “automatically,” however recondite, are ordinary; there are ordinary contexts (nontechnical, nonpolitical, nonphilosophical contexts) which are normative for their use. It may be that half the speakers of English do not know (or cannot say, which is not the same) what these contexts are. Some native speakers may even use them interchangeably. Suppose the baker is able to convince us that he does. Should we then say: “So the professor has no right to say how ‘we use’ ‘inadvertently,’ or to say that when we use the one word we say something different from what we say when we use the other”? Before accepting that conclusion, I should hope that the following consideration would be taken seriously: When “inadvertently” and “automatically” seem to be used indifferently in recounting what someone did, this may not at all show that they are being used synonymously, but only that what each of them says is separately true of the person’s action. The decanter is broken and you did it. You may say (and it may be important to consider that you are already embarrassed and flustered) either: “I did it inadvertently’’ or “I did it automatically.” Are you saying the same thing? Well, you automatically grabbed the cigarette which had fallen on the table, and inadvertently knocked over the decanter. Naming actions is a sensitive occupation. It is easy to overlook the distinction because the two adverbs often go together in describing actions in which a sudden movement results in some mishap. Suppose the baker does not accept this explanation, but replies: “I use ‘automatically’ and ‘inadvertently’ in exactly the same way. I could just as well have said: ‘I grabbed the cigarette inadvertently and knocked over the decanter automatically.’” Don’t we feel the temptation to reply: “You may say this, but you can’t say it and describe the same situation; you can’t mean what you would mean if you said the other”? But suppose the baker insists he can? Will we then be prepared to say: “Well you can’t say the one and mean what I mean by the other”? Great care would be needed in claiming this, for it may look like I am saying, “I know what I mean and I say they are different.” But why is the baker not entitled to this argument? What I must not say is: “I know what words mean in my language.” Here the argument would have pushed me to madness. It may turn out (depending upon just what the dialogue has been and where it was stopped) that we should say to the baker: “If you cooked the way you talk, you would forgo special implements for different jobs, and peel, core, scrape, slice, carve, chop, and saw, all with one knife. The distinction is there, in the language (as implements are there to be had), and you just impoverish what you say by neglecting it. And there is something you aren’t noticing about the world.”

--Stanley Cavell, "Must-We-Mean-What-We-Say?"

Austin, John. Philosophical Papers 2ed

Poem - She Drew The Gun

If you need to relax . . . . (go directly to time stamp 1:54)

“Doors: On the Materiality of the Symbolic,” trans. John Durham Peters,
Grey Room .

Deep Denken

When I Knew My Job Was Over: Beau Geste

When I Knew My Job Was OverCliffhanger escape from closing walls Star Wars and

Flash Gordon.

When I Knew My Job Was Over Das Boot. Submarine trapped on ocean floor

When I Knew My Job Was Over (Time Stamp 2:33)

 

Cultivating Ignorance | CORYMBUS

Tony Benn - 10 min History Lesson for Neoliberals

Alain Badiou, The True Life

The (Ig)Noble Lie

"Rethinking Freud" - Adam Phillips

https://archive.org/stream/prisonerchillon00byrogoog#page/n66/mode/2up/search/darkness
Lord Byron, "Darkness" 1816

Year Without a Summer

Cleanth Brooks, "History without Footnotes- An Account of Keats' Urn"

Kenneth Burke, "Symbolic Action in a Poem by Keats"

William Empson, "Thy Darling in an Urn"

Cleanth Brooks, "Postscript"

"History, Poetry, and the Footnote- Cleanth Brooks and Kenneth Burke"

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

Dan Baum, Harper's, April 2016 issue "Legalize It All"

Heimlich Manuevers: Sigur Rós - Ég anda

Cyrano de Bergerac / J-P Rappeneau (Gerard Depardieu)

"My conception of this book .  . .  places contradictory demands on your capacities.  It asks you to read both very fast and very slow . . . Wittgenstein, in Philosophical Investigations, declare it to be “of the essence of our investigation that we do not seek to learn anything new by it.  We want to understand something that is already in plain view. For this is what we seem in some sense not to understand” (S89). This formulation captures the familiar fact that philosophers seem perpetually to be going back over something, something most sane people would feel had already been discussed to death.  A more familiar formulation is to say that philosophy does not progress.  This depends on who is doing the measuring.  When I say that in the humanities more generally you have to be prepared to read fast, the idea is that you have to make yourself not so much go back over a text as go on from it.  What I call slow reading is meant not so much to recommend a pace of reading as to propose a mode of philosophical attention in which are prepared to be taken by surprise, stopped, thrown back, as it were, on the text. You respond essentially oppositely to the same fact discovered in philosophy, namely, that a text worth reading carefully, or perpetually is inexhaustible.  You always leave it prematurely.  And a reason for leaving the text is that the next text may be more apt to illuminate it than another look at the same text. What I try to do in my work is to motivate both gestures of progress, both states of mind, going back and going on."
--Stanley Cavell, “Introduction:  In Place of a Classroom” in Cities of Words, Harvard UP, 2004, 1-18; to pp. 14-15

Hilariously bad closer. "Othello's age"

Goldberg Variations Complete (J.S. Bach BWV 988), with score, Kimiko Ishizaka piano

W.K. Wimsatt, The Verbal Icon: Studies in the Meaning of Poetry (1954) "When Is Variation Elegant?" 

"For Murakami, there are no fundamental differences between a writing style and a musical one." Murakami: “You can’t write well if you don’t have an ear for music."

Colin Marshall, "Music Meets Writing: On Haruki Murakami and Seiji Ozawa."

Equal Rights Amendment

"The Rise of the Valkyries " In the alt-right, women are the future, and the problem.   September 2017 issue of Harper's

National Nurses United: Trump Terrifying, But Movement Must Be Built that Speaks to Issues

Why Do Women Bully Each Other at Work?

Jacques Derrida excoriating Giorgio Agamben in The Beast and the Sovereign Vol. 1, pp. 92-95 on "the first great thinker," adding "one no longer knows who was the first to define what."

Jonathan Goldberg, What's with "Firsts" in (Good) Women Studies

Review: Moderation and Its Discontents: Recent Work on Renaissance Women Reviewed Work(s): Virtue of Necessity: English Women's Writing, 1649-1688 by Elaine Hobby; Women of the Renaissance by Margaret L. King; Oppositional Voices: Women as Writers and Translators of Literature in the English Renaissance by Tina Krontiris; Writing Women in Jacobean England by Barbara Kiefer Lewalski Review by: Margaret W. Ferguson Feminist Studies, Vol. 20, No. 2, Women's Agency: Empowerment and the Limits of Resistance (Summer, 1994), pp. 349-366.

Sad(!) Fauxmenism

Equal Rights Amendment

Our Bodies, Ourselves

Women in power: do you know them?

Cora Kaplan, "Wild Nights: Pleasure/ Sexuality/ Feminism," in Sea Changes: Essays on Culture and Feminism

Two women debating the merits or flaws of HRC's policies before the 2016 election. One is a socialist woman of color. She got $15 minimum wage passed in Seattle with no help from the Democratic Party (they are against the 15 minimum). The other woman is white, a Democrat, a writer for neoliberal publications, and a self-avowed feminist.

Published on Nov 2, 2016
Michael Moore tweeted, "No women ever invented an atomic bomb, built a
smoke stack, initiated a Holocaust, melted the polar ice caps or
organized a school shooting," and was immediately and powerfully
corrected by screenwriter Jessica Ellis.

The Birth Control Handbook: The Underground Student Publication That Let Women Take Control of Their Bodies (1968)

Universal Conscription in the U.S.

Mary Russo, The Female Grotesque: Risk, Excess and Modernity (1994)?

Laura Kipnis, "Stupid Sex/Higher Education"

Slavoj Zizek: "We live in an Ideological era where new form of domination is presented as freedom"

Slavoj Žižek: Political Correctness is a More Dangerous Form of Totalitarianism

Neil Tyson tired of God

From public good to personal pursuit: Historical roots of the student debt crisis

The Jimmy Dore Show

Congressional Bill making it a federal crime to support BDS 

Richard Dawkins Event in Berkeley Canceled Due To His “Abusive,” “Hurtful” Words

When Women Won’t Accept Theatrical Manspreading LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES JULY 17, 2017

Mormon professor fired for pro-LGBT post 21 Jul, 2017 15:25

Can You Hear Me Now? How to Protect Yourself From Voice Hackers Security has to start with sound itself

Amazon's Take Over Of Whole Foods Worse Than You Thought

The Betrayal by the Black Elite

https://thebaffler.com/ancestors/reflections-violence-united-states

Slavoj Zizek on Importance of Theory and Parallax View

How bosses are (literally) like dictators

Americans think they live in a democracy. But their workplaces are small tyrannies.

Updated by Elizabeth Anderson  Jul 17, 2017, 8:20am EDT

Will - Season 1: Episode 2 - Cowards Die Many Times

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La Bible de Gutenberg est dans Gallica : acte 1 Publié par Nathalie Coilly le 18 janvier 2017 dans Collections

Ludwig Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations

Thomas Browne,

Hydriotaphia Urn Burial; or, a discourse of the Sepulchral Urns Lately Found in Norfolk

Upgrade your jail cell - for a price

Lionel Shriver's full speech: 'I hope the concept of cultural appropriation is a passing fad'

Vienna and Schubert: 'Death and the Maiden' String Quartet - Professor Chris Hogwood CBE

For knowledge sources based on analysis of economic and social class that are left of “lead with our values,” “inclusive,” “pro-transparency,” “pro-diversity” war-mongering,  corporate Democrats (Obama and HRC) and their establishment processed news apparatus (NY Times, WAPO, MSNBC, and so on), you start by going to these people and outlets, among others.  You can begin to find out what’s been happening in the U.S. over the past two decades and longer.  Follow the links.

Stacey Herbert and Max Keiser

The Jimmy Dore Show

Thomas Frank Interview

Listen Liberal Thomas Frank

Lawrence Douglas, Contributor to the Guardian

David Runciman: From Tocqueville to Trump, looking back at 2016

Goldberg Variations Complete (J.S. Bach BWV 988), with score, Kimiko Ishizaka piano

Beethoven, Große Fuge (complete, Great Fugue), op. 133, string quartet (animated score)

Bach, Toccata and Fugue in D minor, organ

A classic you have to repeat to understand
around 23:00 time stamp

Austin, John - Philosophical Papers 2ed - Philosophy of Language

Stanley Cavell, "Must-we-mean-what-we-say?"

Crackling Fireplace with Thunder, Rain and Howling Wind Sounds

Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities

SEVEN DEVELOPMENTS SINCE 1980

David Runciman: From Tocqueville to Trump, looking back at 2016

RetroVision Theater Presents A Matter of Life and Death
https://archive.org/details/Lbines-RetroVisionTheaterPresentsAMatterOfLifeAndDeath502?

https://monoskop.org/Monoskop

(Watch films on disc or streaming: UF KANOPY is free)

VICE CENSORS

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Podcasts

The CIA’s Kafkaesque Guide to Subverting Any Organization with “Purposeful Stupidity” (1944)

The CIA's Timeless Tips for "Simple Sabotage"

How Guantánamo Diary Escaped the Black Hole

Organization Guru Marie Kondo’s Tips for Dealing with Your Massive Piles of Unread Books (or What They Call in Japan “Tsundoku”)

The Birth Control Handbook: The Underground Student Publication That Let Women Take Control of Their Bodies (1968)

Universal Conscription in the U.S.

Nouvelle vidéo démonstration de sécurité Air France / New Air France safety demonstration video

Air France Commercial (2015)

Air France - Making of film France is in the air

Trigger Happy Warning

Avital Ronell, "The uninterrogated question of stupidity."
differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies.
8.2 (Summer 1996)

when-music-is-violence?

Agnotology: Culturally Constructed Ignorance Wins the Day
By Barry Ritholtz
http://bv.ms/28YUuaw

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2016/06/the-unendurable-horrors-of-leadership-camp

"The company eagerly cultivates an academic aura, and the facility is
referred to as its “campus.” The campus bookstore sells dozens of
business books, of the kind ubiquitous in airport newsstands. Typical
selections included The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle:
How to Become a Servant Leader (featuring a jacket blurb from the
Senior Vice President of Operations for Chik-fil-a) and Leading with
Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit. Alas, they did not have my
favorite managerial tome of all time, If Harry Potter Ran General
Electric: Leadership Wisdom from the World Of Wizards, which is a
genuine, honest-to-God book that you can look up and purchase."

https://theintercept.com/2016/06/25/brexit-is-only-the-latest-proof-of-the-insularity-and-failure-of-western-establishment-institutions/

We must instead put ourselves to the test: whether now and in the future we will read the texts and words of the genuine philosophers in a different way than we have previously; placing higher demands on ourselves, with an enduring will to question, and with a presentiment that there is something knowable before and beyond all science; we have to put to the test whether we have learnt to read. If we can affirm that we want to read in a different way and more meditatively, then we have done enough for the moment.
Heidegger, Martin
Interpretation of Nietzsche's Second Untimely Meditation
Haase, Ullrich
Sinclair, Mark

Unzeitgemäss ist auch diese Betrachtung, weil ich etwas, worauf die Zeit mit Recht stolz ist, ihre historische Bildung, hier einmal als Schaden, Gebreste und Mangel der Zeit zu verstehen versuche, weil ich sogar glaube, dass wir Alle an einem verzehrenden historischen Fieber leiden und mindestens erkennen sollten, dass wir daran leiden. Wenn aber Goethe mit gutem Rechte gesagt hat, dass wir mit unseren Tugenden zugleich auch unsere Fehler anbauen, und wenn, wie Jedermann weiss, eine hypertrophische Tugend - wie sie mir der historische Sinn unserer Zeit zu sein scheint - so gut zum Verderben eines Volkes werden kann wie ein hypertrophisches Laster: so mag man mich nur einmal gewähren lassen. Auch soll zu meiner Entlastung nicht verschwiegen werden, dass ich die Erfahrungen, die mir jene quälenden Empfindungen erregten, meistens aus mir selbst und nur zur Vergleichung aus Anderen entnommen habe, und dass ich nur sofern ich Zögling älterer Zeiten, zumal der griechischen bin, über mich als ein Kind dieser jetzigen Zeit zu so unzeitgemässen Erfahrungen komme. So viel muss ich mir aber selbst von Berufs wegen als classischer Philologe zugestehen dürfen: denn ich wüsste nicht, was die classische Philologie in unserer Zeit für einen Sinn hätte, wenn nicht den, in ihr unzeitgemäss - das heisst gegen die Zeit und dadurch auf die Zeit und hoffentlich zu Gunsten einer kommenden Zeit - zu wirken.

http://www.magister.msk.ru/library/babilon/deutsche/nie

Mary Russo, The Female Grotesque: Risk, Excess and Modernity (1994)?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67vUWVwKRYs

Sigmund Freud,"The Taboo on Virginity"

Laura Kipnis, "Stupid Sex/Higher Education"

Tomorrow's Professor https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1502

Lip synching and music videos

Lorde https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nlcIKh6sBtc

Bryan Ferry

"Slave to Love"

George Michaels

"Freedom"

Tei Shi - "Bassically" (Official Music Video)

Structure, Scaffolding, and the Leap of Faith Indiana Jones

Charles Glass, "Nagmachons,"
Times Literary Supplement | 5th April 2016

Michel Foucault's reply to George Steiner's review of Foucualt's The Order of Things (George Steiner, “The Mandarin of the Hour—Michel Foucault,” New York Times Book Review February 21, 1971), “Monstrosities in Criticism” Diacritics 1, no.1 (1971) 57-60

George Steiner, “Steiner Responds to Foucault,” Diacritics 1, no. 2 (Winter, 1971), p. 59.

Foucault responds to Steiner.

RetroVision Theater Presents A Matter of Life and Death
https://archive.org/details/Lbines-RetroVisionTheaterPresentsAMatterOfLifeAndDeath502?

https://monoskop.org/Monoskop

(Watch films on disc or streaming: UF KANOPY is free)

VICE CENSORS

BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Podcasts

Tomorrow's Professor https://tomprof.stanford.edu/posting/1502

You Already Know how to Read Film (Genre--you know what to expect) Example: Hostel (2005)

Performing Race:

Black Like You: Blackface, Whiteface, Insult & Imitation in American Popular Culture 

Jacques Derrida, "Plato's Pharmacy"

Writers Reading Writers

Dickens, Charles. 1852. "A Ragged School," Harper's Magazine

"Historical, in fact philological, consider- ations have slowly but surely taken the place of profound explorations of eternal problems. The question becomes: What did this or that phi- losopher think or not think? And is this or that text rightly ascribed to him or not? And even: Is this variant of a classical text preferable to that other? Students in university seminars today are encouraged to occupy themselves with such emasculated inquiries. As a result, of course, philosophy itself is banished from the university altogether."

Nietzsche, Fredrich. 1872 anti-education Harper's Magazine

Friedrich Nietzsche,1872. ANTI-EDUCATION introduction and annotation by Paul Reitter and Chad Wellmon, translated from the German by Damion Searls

Heidegger, Martin, 1933. "The Self-Assertion of the German University and The Rectorate 1933/34: Facts and Thoughts," Review of Metaphysics 38 (March 1985): 467-502.

Auerbach, Eric. 1943. Epilogue to Mimesis: The Represenation of Reality in Western Literature

Curtius, E. R. 1947. Die auslandiche wissenschaftliche Literatur der Kriegs- und Nachkriegsjahre ist mir bis auf verschwindende Ausnahmen nicht zuganglich gewesen. Auch die Bonner Universitatebibliothek ist seit 1944 in folge eines Bombenangriffs teils unbenuntzbar, teils verbrannt. Ich habe daher manches Zitat nicht meher vergleichen, manche Quelle nicht mehr einsehen konnen. Aber wenn die literature 'das fragment der Fragmente" ist (Goethe), muss ein Versuch wie der vorleigende erst recht den Charackter des Fragmentarishcen tragen.

During the war and postwar years, I lost sight of foreign literary criticism after it vanished and was thus inaccessible to me. Also, as a consequence of an air raid in 1944, parts of the Bonn University Library were unusable or burnt. I could no longer check various citations or consult many sources. But if literature is "the fragment of fragments" (Goethe), an attempt like this one in particular must exhibit a fragmentary character.] — "Vorwort," in Europaisches Literatur und Lateinische Mittelater, (my translation; not translated in the English edition of 195

Curtius, E. R. 1953. I have tried to show that humanistic tradition is from time to time attacked by philosophy. It may suffer a serious setback from these aggressions. Many signs seem to point to the fact that we are faced once more with an incursion of philosophers, existentialists... "Appendix: The Medieval Bases of Western Thought," European Literature in the Latin Middle Ages, 592.

De Man, Paul. 1983. As a control discipline . . . philology represents a store of established knowledge; to seek to supersede it . . . is without merit. "Heidegger's Exegeses of Hölderlin," Blindness and Insight, 263-4.

Readings, BiIl. 1997. The University in Ruins. Harvard University Press.

Derrida, Jacques. 2001. "The University Without Condition," originally delivered as a Presidential Lecture at Stanford University in 1998. Its title was "The Future of the Profession or the University Without Condition (Thanks to the 'Humanities,' What Could Take Place Tomorrow)." This version can be found in Jacques Derrida and the Humanities: A Critical Reader, ed. Tom Cohen (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2001), 24-57. A slightly altered version, recast as an essay, appeared as "The University Without Condition" in Jacques Derrida, Without Alibi, trans. Peggy Kamuf (Stanford: Stanford Univ. Press, 2002), 202-37. The French original is L'université sans condition (Paris: Galilée, 2001).

Derrida, Jacques. 2002. Who's Afraid of Philosophy: Right to Philosophy 1 trans. Jan Plug. Stanford Univ. Press,

Derrida,Jacques. 2004. Eyes of the University: Right to Philosophy 2 trans. Jan Plug. Stanford Univ. Press,

When do you have to go outside the text in order to understand it? Philology (history through etymology)

Philology as entry into history and culture: Life / Sex Life / End of Life = life, sex, and death=civilization

When do you have to go outside the text in order to understand it? Philology (history through etymology)

Genetic Fallacy?

When and under what conditions does knowing something about a writer's biography or the time he or she was writing make a difference to your reading of what he or she wrote?

Jacques Derrida, "Signature Event Context"

One fact that has to be assimilated by both Labour and the Democrats is this: when Bill and Hillary arrived in Washington in 1992 they had little money. Now, despite remaining notionally in public service throughout, they are worth many millions of dollars. Tony and Cherie Blair were not obscenely wealthy when they arrived in power in 1997. Today they are worth more than $75 million. Consider the working-class voters whom the Clintons or the Blairs exhorted to vote for them in the 1990s: they are probably worse off now than they were then. In effect the Clintons and Blairs surfed on their grievances and inequities, making themselves rich and leaving their voters in the dust. This hasn’t gone unnoticed, which is one reason the old politics is no longer working.
http://www.lrb.co.uk/2016/11/14/rw-johnson/trump-some-numbers

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v38/n23/david-runciman/is-this-how-democracy-ends

Reading is a vice which can replace all other vices or temporarily take their place in more intensely helping people live, it is an aberration a consuming passion. No, I don’t take any drugs, I take books, of course I have certain preferences, many books don’t suit me at all, some I take only in the morning, others at night, there are books I don’t ever let go, I drag them around with me in the apartment, carrying them from the living room into the kitchen, I read them in the hall standing up, I don’t use a bookmark, I don’t move my lips while reading, early on I learned to read very well, I don’t remember the method, but you ought to look into it. They must have used an excellent method in our provincial elementary schools, at least back when I learned to read.
--Ingeborg Bachmann, Malina: A Novel, trans. Philip Boehm (Teaneck, NJ: Holmes & Meier, 1990), 57-58.

Geoff Dyer, "Reader's Block"

Jacques Derrida, "Eating Well"

Jacques Derrida Interview on writing as food or drugs

STEAM (not STEM) "A" stands for "Arts," as in Liberal Arts

Autocorrect

Farhenheit 451 paratext

Juan Luis Borges, "Pierre Menard, Author of Don Quixote"

Carlo Ginzburg, Clues

Writing as a Drug

Samsung Instinct film trailer

Martin Scorcese on pan and scan versus letterboxing

Warner Brothers high def website; Toshiba's "dead" website The Look and Sound of Perfect HD-DVD website (YouTube trailer)

Mirrors trailer

Freudian Slips in German

Carlo Ginzburg, Clues

Walter Benjamin, "The Work of Art in the Age of its Reproducibility"

Jacques Derrida in Ghost Dance

Avital Ronell on the examined life

Sigmund Freud, "The Uncanny"

Sigmund Freud, "Dreams and Telepathy"

Sigmund Freud, "Psycho-analysis and Telepathy"

Sigmund Freud, "Mourning and Melancholia"

Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle standard edition

Jacques Derrida on invention and illegality

Jacques Derrida in Ghost Dance

Avital Ronell on the examined life

Sigmund Freud, "The Uncanny"

Friedrich Schlegel, "On Incomprehensibility"

Kafka

Interpretation as Circle

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Carlo Ginzburg, “Clues: Morelli, Freud, and Sherlock Holmes,” in History Workshop, No. 9 (Spring, 1980), pp. 5-36.

Paolo Cherchi Usai, David Alexander Horwath, Michael Loebenstein, ed. Film Curatorship: Museums, Curatorship and the Moving Image (chapter three, pp.107-29)

"How DNA Changed the World of Forensics" NY Times, May 18, 2014

Optional Reading: D.A. Greetham, "Textual Forensics"; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "A Case of Identity" (1899) and "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" (1893); Sigmund Freud, "The Moses of Michelangelo" (1914) Standard Edition, 13: 209-238. Digital "Exploded Manuscript" of Freud's essay.

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My Augustinian / Rousseauian Autobiograhical / Confessional Moment: How I Found Myself Destined to Become an English Professor When I Was Ten Years Old: My copy, acquired June 20, 1964 at my paternal grandparents' home, of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Snow Image and Other Tales, ed. Richard Burton, Professor of English in the University of Minnesota, New York: T. Y. Cowell & Company, 1899.

What's it's like when I wake up in the morning

What my life is like, only backwards