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Reading and the meaning in life

Our sphere of the real was riddled with simulations, yet was the world at hand. Or the simulation was riddled through with the real. […] The world was ersatz and actual, forged and faked, by ourselves and unseen others. Daring to attempt to absolutely sort fake from real was a folly that would call down… Keep Reading

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The Human Condition: Studium and punctum

I am taking a look at a photograph of her, taken presumably in her fifties or sixties. The first thing I see is her hand holding a cigarette. It is only after a while that I actually see her, but my sight rests neither on her face nor on her eyes nor on the necklace.… Keep Reading

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Reading aloud: Ta-Nehisi Coates at the end of the world

Words from a tiny town in a far off corner of Iceland. This is a landscape of edges and surfaces. What looks like the sky is actually the mountain, its steep, hard cliffs jutting darkly out from under the snow and looming over the town like a tidal wave. The sky exists only as the… Keep Reading

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The Law Ex-ists: Reading Kafka with Lacan

A reading of Kafka’s Law as a non-existent existence. We begin, of course, with an excerpt from “Before the Law,” Kafka’s famous parable from his novel The Trial (1925): “Before the law stands a doorkeeper. To this doorkeeper there comes a man from the country and prays for admittance to the Law. But the doorkeeper says… Keep Reading

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Reading as resonance

How much can be said about what cannot be explained? Resonance: Something in a book corresponds with something in me, and vice versa. Though I immediately know what I mean, this insight crumbles as I try to communicate it. One way to explain resonance would be to try to identify the aspects of the book that I resonated with, e.g. language, composition,… Keep Reading

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Reading as resistance

In the world of today, our individual worth in society is measured in output, in productivity, in competences. Reading as a slow, inward and undirected activity is therefore its own act of resistance against and within a neoliberal agenda. Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, and goodnight! Here you are, in an unspecified time, most likely… Keep Reading

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The Great British Brexit Novel

A speculation on the future of cultural production in the post-Brexit age. The Great British Brexit Novel is a phrase that is likely to adorn the blurbs of numerous books published in the decade to begin five years hence. Many will be written by figures of the UK literary establishment—the beginning of Martin Amis’ late-late… Keep Reading

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