Tracy’s example of la Nausée, along our science fiction reading of Sartre’s Nausée… this was our discussion:
[there’s nothing that’s not infected
the monster is nausea, it follows him, it’s always there.
tries to exorcise this haunting. tries to normalize, re-ignite normalcy.
he always has to leave places.
hyper-consciousness, super reflexivity.
in café, he tries to re-ignite the weight of normalcy.tries to return to normal ontological field.
the gap, the key to the nausée.
i see it as an ontological ether, most everyone has an amphibian-like jelly covering that protects me from
lacan’s thing - it’s everywhere and nowhere.
cartesian horror show.
crustaceans. anthropocentric magic through which the human is achieved momentarily breaks down. you just see an anonymous organism.
flashes of illegal alterity.
contemporary novel along lines of psychological trauma. ]
ontological ether descends, à la la nausée de sartre
The soul can soar to the heights, heigh-ho, / the body stays put on the sofa below
One of my favorite quotes, that I posted two years ago during a weekend of work… It just hit 5,000+ reblogs on tumblr and I love seeing it in my dashboard each day.
For the past two years in my own work, I’ve followed this advice. Just start. Just show up, work hard, try a lot of ideas and see where it takes you. In the past two years, it’s moved my life and work to China, taken me on a fashion journey around the world (short film series to be shared soon!), taken me through the streets of Shanghai and hundreds of conversation threads online to explore hope, home, “Virtual Life, Real Me” and the dreams of 100 netizens, taken me to the homes of 28 people from China’s 70’s generation in Chengdu, Nanjing, Shanghai and Beijing (film series to premier in a few months)…
There’s something really powerful about showing up, trying things without knowing exactly where they will lead and using all of those first starts to start finding your way in your work.
“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case.”
Image from Wisdom
bellmer, the man whose work makes me feel a bit queasy. but technically in awe. his muse and mistress jumped out the window. you can see a room full of his work at the scharf-gerstenberg sammlung in charlottenburg, berlin. i thought the doll would be bigger.
Hans Bellmer - Self-Portrait with the Doll. 1934
Last week we asked you to tell about your all-time favourite reads: here are the excellent recommendations we have received so far:
The Assassin in the Vineyard by Maximillian Potter - Sabotage in one of the world’s greatest vineyards (via abhishekkibe)
If anybody else out there has any classics up their sleve, please feel free to share them using the box below:
by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt
Before Freakonomics was an international marketing juggernaut it was a book, and before it was a book it was a column in the New York Times - and the best of those columns are here:
Why Vote? - A Swiss Turnout-Boosting Experiment
A Star Is Made - The Birth-Month Soccer Anomaly
Not-So-Free Ride - The Trouble With Negative Externalities
Disceting the Line - The Wager
What The Bagel Man Saw - Why We Steal
The Gift Card Economy - Best Buy’s $16 Million Windfall
The Seatbelt Solution - A Car-Seat Crash Test
Selling Soap - The Petri-Dish Screen Saver
To Have is To Owe by David Graeber - A lot of people have little understanding of what money really is - if you want to find out, this classic article is the place to start.
Three great articles about the financial crisis by Michael Lewis - The world’s top financial reporter heads to Greece, Iceland and Ireland to find out how the credit crisis changed the world.
Jonathan Lebed’s Extracurricular Activities by Michael Lewis - Another classic Lewis piece about how a 15-year-old became the first ever minor to face prosecution for stock market fraud.
The Great American Bubble Machine by Matt Taibbi - “The world’s most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.”
The $20 Theory of the Universe by Tom Chiarella - A beginner’s guide to bribery. Find out just how far greasing people’s palms with a $20 bill can get you.
Why the Poor Pay More by DeNeen L. Brown - “The poorer you are, the more things cost. More in money, time, hassle, exhaustion, menace. A primer on the economics of poverty.”
Inconspicuous Consumption by Virgina Postrel - What do the things you spend your money on say about you?
Is Free the Future by Malcolm Gladwell - The author asks whether the internet will make paying money for stuff a thing of the past.