Archive | February 2015

MAUS and the Real

Art: “Samuel Beckett once said: ‘Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness.'”

Pavel: “Yes.” Read More…



Great post that hits the nail on the head in regard to culture and its generational power over neurosis. Ever since Durkheim’s “On Suicide” we recognize the power of social forms to create personal problems, why not extend it to neuroses in general?



The power and meaningfulness of paradox is embedded in the unity of its own greatest contradiction: Paradox is something that reveals and conceals at the same time. But this could also be a definition of reality itself. Reality is something that reveals and conceals and hence, reality has a paradoxical nature.

It is certainly true of the reality propagated by the System. The System reveals and conceals. Watch the nightly news and that which is unveiled is at the same time concealing just as much information, if not more. In the same way, at the same time that we discover things we also repress our awareness of other things. Concentration opens our eyes to minute details by blurring the forms around it. This is not a contradiction but rather a paradoxical reality.

To find another example let us examine the psychological or psycho-pathological state of our society and consider…

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Being-There or Being-such

When reading continental philosophy, I often come across two different terms popular with two different groups of philosophers that mean, essentially, the same thing: “being-there” and “being-such.” Read More…

Peckinpah, Hellman, and Thanatos

In 1974, Warren Oates starred in two uncompromisingly gritty films directed by two of the greatest directors of revisionist westerns of all time. “Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia” by Sam Peckinpah. “Cockfighter: Born to Kill” by Monte Hellman. Two films about two men obsessed with realizing absurd goals in an absurd world.  Read More…


The shadow on the wall. Rockin’ to the groove of the man whose being serves as hypostasis. Hypostatic union and dislocation. The universal and the particular stand in opposition as the eidos and the ding. The universal and the particular stand in relation as the eidos and the ding. Inseparable, but separate. This is the postmodern condition. You dig? Read More…

Cowboy Bebop: The Existential Self and Becoming-What-One-Is

Shinichiro Watanabe’s acclaimed anime series “Cowboy Bebop” is a postmodern narrative at its core. The main characters are bounty hunters who travel through space from planet to planet to eke out a living. Episodes and action cycle between influences as diverse as the Western genre, Film Noir, and hardboiled martial arts films. Unlike most postmodern mass media works, Cowboy Bebop contains substance alongside its sleek style.  Read More…

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