Writing for the Hell of It


I've been reading Joshua Clover's 1989: Bob Dylan Didn't Have This to Sing About. In my (limited) experience, it's the best thing I've ever read about popular music. Clover is capable of summoning the grand sweep of political contradictions and historical change, but with a poet's ear for an apt phrase,…

Pocket Pantheon


 I ’ve been enjoying Alain Badiou’s book of elegies, Pocket Pantheon, in which respect and contempt track and circle one another like mating hawks.  From his introduction: Those who claim that the human animal is wicked simply want to tame it and turn it into a morose wage-earner or depressed…

Keep Track of the Damned


Hey Kids!Keep track of the damned with your very own Infernal Bookmark, complete with every circle of Dante's Hell. Download the acrobat file by clicking the link below. [If you're reading this on Facebook, it's been kicked over from Warren's blog. Go to this URL to get to the entry…

Beast-Headed


Thanks to some inspiration from K. Silem Mohammad, I reread the first chapter of The Open: Man & Animal by Giorgio Agamben this morning. Tasty clusters of words: Theriomorphic: adjective, (esp. of a deity) having an animal form. Archon: (usually used to refer to an Athenian magistrate) But also in…