Category Archives: Theory

“Like a sack with an animal trapped inside”: on the quizzle

I just finished Jonathan Fast’s The Secrets of Synchronicity, and while the book on the whole isn’t so great, there’s a section later in the book that has to do with quizzles. “Quizzles? What’s a quizzle?” “It’s a lump of rock,” … Continue reading

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Trying to Read Again: New Copies of Deleuze and Guattari

I’ve had my copies of Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus for a long time. They’ve been paged through over and over again. I’ve read through them in high school (understanding nothing), college (understanding a little), and graduate school (understanding a little more). They’re still … Continue reading

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On the Death of Stuart Hall

Stuart Hall is gone. There isn’t much for me to say. It is hard to speak of an absence felt so clearly that it becomes present — Stuart Hall’s death is less the loss of a person and more the … Continue reading

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Nick Mamatas on Harlan Ellison

Nick Mamatas wrote an interesting short retrospective on Harlan Ellison’s work and recent output. There’s a strange pain to being a Harlan Ellison fan. On one hand, he’s undoubtedly one of the most courageous writers to come out of the … Continue reading

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New Review in ImageText

A little more than a year ago I did a review of Bart Beaty’s Comics Vs Art for ImageText, and after a little waiting, it is out! I’m really happy with the review, especially because I did it so long ago and … Continue reading

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Vicesimus Knox Did An Objective Book Review in 1786

I’m taking a class in Romantic concepts of technology this semester, and I read little thing by Vicesimus Knox about libraries and books and having a grand old time reading. Near the end of the piece he writes: I confess … Continue reading

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On Robert Pogue Harrison’s “Forests: The Shadow of Civilization”

Robert Pogue Harrison frames Forests with a quotation from 17th century philosopher Giambattista Vico: This was the order of human institutions: first the forests, after that the huts, then the village, next the cities, and finally the academies. [The New Science §239] Harrison’s … Continue reading

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The Arcade Review #1 is out

I rarely straight-up promote publications here, but I really do think you should go check out Zolani Stewart and Alex Pieschel’s The Arcade Review, a monthly(?) publication of criticism about experimental and avant garde games. It is $5, and that $5 … Continue reading

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The Double Meaning of Genetic Codes

Since the genetic code was deciphered in the 1960s, scientists have assumed that it was used exclusively to write information about proteins. UW scientists were stunned to discover that genomes use the genetic code to write two separate languages. One … Continue reading

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Three Animals At Play

Most biologists have assumed that play has indeed had some constructive purpose in species and individual evolution, and their advocacy is itself a much grander conceptualization than any modern attempts to rationalize human play simply as growth or socialization. The … Continue reading

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