Category Archives: Theory

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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Wark on Manovich

The genius of Alan Kay was to realize that the barriers to entry of the computer into culture were not just computational but also cultural. Computers had to do things that people wanted to do, and in ways that they … Continue reading

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Adam Kotsko’s Radical Materialism

[T]his post, itself, is the most radical materialism possible. Keep these words that I am blogging to you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are … Continue reading

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Warren Ellis at Haunted Machines

This is a talk of Warren Ellis playing his history is the future in the past tune, and it’s one that I like a whole hell of a lot. However you feel about his writing in comics and otherwise, I … Continue reading

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The Social Obligation of Fantasy

We see it less now, but we had almost a solid decade of thinkpieces and academic arguments about the role of fantasy in the post-9/11 American landscape. They all land somewhere around this point: the rise of fantasy media in … Continue reading

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Ian Williams on Hulk Hogan The Liar

Hogan started his big run as a pure American hero, waving a flag as he kicked the shit out of the Iron Sheik for his first world title. The first thrill of Hulkamania coincided with the giddy height of Reaganism, … Continue reading

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Three Readings of Films by The Wachowskis

I. The Matrix Trilogy The Matrix Trilogy presents us with a supposedly linear vision of time that is revealed to be completely static. In the second film, the council member takes Neo beneath the city to show him the machinery that allows … Continue reading

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Martin on the Cinephile as War Machine

There is no essential form or content to cinephilia, but maybe there is something like an essential cinephile process or gesture. Let me put it this way: cinephilia is a war machine; a tactical, cultural war machine. Always a different … Continue reading

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