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The Matrix and the Nihilistic Impulse

1. I’d like to share a revelation that I’ve had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you’re not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops … Continue reading

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Destiny and Writing

1. Destiny is a hodgepodge of a lot of different mechanical and conceptual elements that sometimes cohere but mostly fall apart, together, spectacularly. It’s hard to point to Destiny‘s strong points at this moment, but it is quite easy to point to … Continue reading

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New Game: Napoleon Loves Waterslides

Today I was watching Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (currently on Netflix), and I thought it was incredibly funny that there’s an entire subplot of the movie which is, fundamentally, “Napoleon’s Adventures in San Dimas.” So I made a game about it. … Continue reading

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A Real Happy Birthday to Georges Bataille

“There are masses of lilacs here, irises and wisteria. The forest seems like peace itself, but when the day comes it will burn like a match.” – Georges Bataille, [x] The Paris Review published a happy birthday essay to Bataille today. … Continue reading

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Khalil Islam on paramilitary procedures

Manning Marable: All right. Talk about that. What does that mean to be military? Khalil Islam: Paramilitary procedures, that’s what we were using at that time, which was a very poor structure. Paramilitary procedure gives the D.A. the opportunity to … Continue reading

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On 100 Bullets

1. The characters in 100 Bullets are all noir stereotypes turned up to eleven in the most outrageous ways. Every woman is both unbelievably beautiful and unthinkably manipulative, weaving sexual traps for men to fall into. The men are two-fisted brutes or … Continue reading

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On #Misanthropocene

Joshua Clover and Juliana Spahr have published a long, strange poem called #Misanthropocene. It’s a baroque attempt to sketch out the edges, limits, interior of the contemporary condition in of the “west.” It feels a lot like a precursor to something … Continue reading

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