Category Archives: Theory

Constance Penley on Fan Fiction and NASA

I got back into space and its fictions in the mid-1980s by hanging out with some very interesting women from around the country who write homoerotic, pornographic, utopian romances that take place in the Star Trek universe. Fellow academics have suggested that … Continue reading

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Hauntology and Extinction: The Case of Some Weird Bugs

NPR posted a story a little while back about these giant insects that went extinct except for a few surviving members that lived under a bush on a giant rock outcropping in the ocean. It sounds like something out of … Continue reading

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Andrew Pilsch on Pour-Over Coffee

To choose pour-over coffee instead of Keurig, then, isn’t entirely a choice of human craft over machine labor. It’s more an issue of priorities—craft depends on processes that are beholden to people, creating an intimate relationship in which the human … Continue reading

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Donald Rumsfeld Made A Videogame

Known for quips about such things as “known knowns” and “known unknowns,” Mr. Rumsfeld says the game will sharpen the mind and help improve concentration. Whether it counteracts the effects of aging, he won’t precisely say. “It is helpful to know … Continue reading

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On Chloe Howl – “Rumour”

1. “Rumour” is predicated on Chlöe Howl’s gaze returning back to us. I don’t mean this in a familiar register — this isn’t warmed over Laura Mulvey with a reflective moment stapled on. There might be fertile fields here to understand … Continue reading

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On Bruns’ On Ceasing To Be Human

I recently finished Gerald Bruns’ On Ceasing To Be Human, and I just wanted to jot down a few notes about it. I’m going to put those notes here because why not?! 1. Ceasing is a wonderful summation of a particular strain of … Continue reading

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Taussig on Calling from Two Sides

Months later at night, drinking the strong medicine which makes your head swim, singing the while in ebbs and flows of pictures, the topic of these kids came up. I strongly doubt that the healer and I would have talked … Continue reading

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