Between Vanity and Vexation
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“All writing is pigshit,” Antonin Artaud once wrote. “People who leave the obscure and try to define whatever it is that goes on in their heads, are pigs.”
There is a lot of pigshit out there, enough to drown in, and yet very few of the pigs who call themselves theorists take seriously the possibility (really the certainty, but let’s not scare them off) that there is no happy ending to our growing ecological crisis. There are some who still think we can prevent climate change! Can you believe that?
So, a humble contribution, then, to the history of thought, a game soon reaching its end, though admirably played. And après la cochonnerie, le deluge.
Political Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty in the Time of Insurrection:
A monograph in four parts on a strategy of tranquillisation and co-optation, based loosely on a reading of Gilles Deleuze’s 1967 essay, Coldness and Cruelty. (13000 words)
- Introduction: A Polemical Ode to the Political Masochist
- Chapter One: Revolution, Insurrection, Jouissance
- Chapter Two: Why Insurrection?
- Chapter Three: Masochism and Sadism