Monthly Archives: January 2009

digress again

“But there are many who say Žižek’s a sell-out but it’s hard to know what they really mean in this particular time and place.” “At least he never used Lacanian theory to help companies sell deodorant in Russia. Like I … Continue reading

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truth appeal

Life sometimes feels like tortured repetition. A bit like going to the gym. But at least at the gym you get fitter. When it comes to politics, life feels like a running machine which keeps you running but makes you … Continue reading

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turning 41 on the 38

“From the United States? From the United States? It come on plane? Verrry very big present.” “Yes. No. Not from United States. From town.” “Town! Oh! Very big present. From United States. And Mr Obama from United States, yes? Good … Continue reading

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dreaming Sembene

Footage of the uninspiring and stilted dancing displayed by Barack and Michelle instantly reminded me of the late Ousmane Sembene’s superb 1975 film, Xala. El Hadji (pictured below, on the right) is a Senegalese politician, cursed with impotence upon the … Continue reading

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what a stink!

Three hundred and twenty-two people are outraged. Four of us gathered names for the top letter, and only just now have I noticed the letters beneath, including one from musicians and writers. And there are more, and more, beneath that. … Continue reading

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a world hanging from my knee

I love this idea, this notion, of writing as a way of “getting traction” on this world (whatever it is). The tension, the stretching; you, the writer, at one end of taught wire, the heavy world swinging at the other. … Continue reading

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