“Desire unconscious of itself is logic.” – Anthony Paul Farley, The Dream of Interpretation “There are always more things on heaven and earth than are dreamt of in our philosophies.” – Anthony Paul Farley, The Dream of Interpretation “[I]f you purport to love truth as power, if you reject the fact that all true love […]Read More What is this truth?
Inspired by a ghost of a friend, a shadow of a dancer, a fellow mumblr-in-theory brian muraya This was supposed to be about the art of war. It became a note on the art of failure. Somehow these terms crossed paths on the tip of my tongue. Somehow I made them make a sweet embrace. […]Read More War, or The Art of Failure
Classroom Presentation: Libidinal Economy Reading: Marriott, David (2011) “Whither Fanon?” Textual Practice 25 (1), 33-69. “Turning to Fanon’s discussion, we will see how the theme of the psyche and culture come together in the form of a mutual abhorrence that is itself a sign of a traumatic inheritance … “ – David Marriott, Whither Fanon […]Read More Marriott’s Fanon, or Brevity on the Tabula Rasa
“If black children were raised in an environment that focused not on bemoaning their lack of fathers but on filling their lives with the nurturing love we all need to thrive, what difference would an absent father make?” (https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/01/10/the-dangerous-myth-of-the-missing-black-father/) This question sets up a false binary: either we bemoan the loss of a Black Father […]Read More On “The Function of ‘the Black Father’”
PHILOSOPHY. Stay philosophical. – John Murungi When philosophers speak about the public or the masses as if they are not a part of such masses or publics, one should begin their philosophical skepticism there. Why? Because there becomes a separation between what thou art and what thou art with. One is skeptical only in sincerity. […]Read More Philosophy or Psychosis
[T]he black Atlantic has always been the queer Atlantic… Omise’eke Tinsley, “Black Atlantic, Queer Atlantic” Running the risk of angering my black brothers, I shall say that a Black is not a man. Frantz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks And if we are at a new beginning, we got to make a man all over […]Read More What Is A Black Man?
What you want your drugs to do is take away the feeling of feeling alive. No one’s going to understand. Who cares. I wrote this for junkies and addicts. What you want your drugs to do is take away the pain of Being itself. To build a catacomb inside the tomb of Life. To build […]Read More In Dedication to Drugs, Laughter, and The Meaningless Things That Keep Us Here
To tweet or not to tweet: a question. The following is a meditation on a formulation that can only be asked with any seriousness in the 21st Century. “To Tweet or Not To Tweet”- that is the question. If Shakespeare is rolling in the grave at the absurdity, then my only hope is that the […]Read More To Tweet or Not to Tweet: a question
The Problem of the Negro as a Problem For Thought a Reading List The following is a reading list for a future critique of metaphysics. The majority of the readings below I have not read in full yet and do not know what may come from reading them together. I also don’t know when I […]Read More The Problem of the Negro as a Problem for Thought: A Reading List
“To become free, you have to be acutely aware of being a slave.” Assata Shakur It has been said that, if the purpose of the Social Sciences are to locate solutions to problems, then the purpose of the Humanities is rightly that of discovering why these problems arrive and continue to persist at all. […]Read More Slavery’s Repetition and The Confessions of Karl Marx