The Drop Out

The end of motion across the sky rushesIndeed its death moves faster and draws me out like an empty sillhouettedPicture of trees.How I long for those lonely suburban daysWhen the sky encircled aboveAll movement was eliptical The distant motor hummings and commotionDeposited in a beautiful center Around my cul-de-sacI would sit upright like a rigid... Continue Reading →

Time Cycle

The recycling time of one self Is wrought trough timeTime’s proven the quantifier ofOne’s progress Whether he starts the journey aheadOr behind,His body is owned by time.That the cycle extend it’s time in set intervalsMerely depends on the breadth of the sufferingEndured from each And the time that he owns in his mindPlays tricks on... Continue Reading →

Fukuyama’s Hubris

The premise of an end to global ideology is compelling and in some ways very much upon us. The best account of how such a potentiality is so gravely misunderstood by elitist policy circles is summed up in Francis Fukuyama’s “The End of History and the Last Man.” Similar to the “Clash of Civilizations” effect,... Continue Reading →

Some Perspective on Kerouac’s America

Perhaps it took the cold war to end for the Beat canon to be inducted into the graces of good criticism. The dizzying commodification of the Beat style popped up, as an immediate archetype: the quintessential hipster, estranged from the mainstream, revolting against the power establishment, against exploding gadgetry and technology, the American youth icon... Continue Reading →

Differance

Derrida’s philosophy of Differance was the central position he felt most at ease with when considering his larger philosophical project. Literary departments in America beginning in the 1980's absorbed his Deconstruction as dogma, and it was partly for this fanfare that Derrida leaned on Differance as his signature. The thought (he would be sceptical to... Continue Reading →

Mapping Reduction

When we experience an object it is in a totality or series of many objects. But we always experience in perception just the object. The content of all consciousness is given as it is. One can see a color but cannot grasp the state of being colored. Perception of objects is always perception of an... Continue Reading →

Natural Supernaturalism

One of the great apocalypses of the western imagination was the entrance of the romantic poets and writers of the early nineteenth century. The romantic universe was articulated by M.H Abrams with instructive erudition in his Natural Supernaturalism. Abrams reveals the limits and nature of the romatic world, and it is worth outlining that world... Continue Reading →

One Dimensional Man

One Dimensional Man is the seminal treatise that propelled Marxist scholarship into a post phase. Marcuse develops the idea that the class war as we know it has become totalized into society, an extension of Marx's notion of post-labor, or dead-labor. The way advanced industrial society deals with class is through equalization- where all difference... Continue Reading →

Vidal’s Imperial America

Amidst an American political ethos of media perpetuated illusions, gulag-prison systems, voter disenfranchisement, a voided bill of rights and authoritarian governing tactics, Gore Vidal, self-proclaimed defender of the American Republic continues to conjure Jeremiad prescriptions via revisionist history, essentialist analysis, and of course distinguishing witticisms. In his latest collection of essays Imperial America, the final... Continue Reading →

Guy Debord’s “Situaltionalism”

The Society of the Spectacle is Guy Debord's very challenging treatise and the strange, modern, non-manifesto, and overly-intellectual document of the Situationist School- an equally strange asemblage of anti-intellectuals and neo-punks who for some reason hail Debord as a savior to the critical left post Marx. The Society of the Spectacle purports to be a... Continue Reading →

Factualism and the Culture Industry in Naked Lunch

I think very little post-modern criticism actually talks about the "text" as far as content, narrative, character, etc. but when dissecting or deconstructing a text like naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs, you are forced to. Surprisingly, the signature cut-up method was not fully established in Naked Lunch. Naked Lunch is Burroughs' most important book... Continue Reading →

Reflections on Harold Bloom’s “American Religion”

Only in solitude do we reach communion with the divine. Thus is the American experience with religion, regardless of tradition, sect or denomination, according to Harold Bloom. The American individual is conditioned to a spiritual state built not on rituals, liturgies or doctrine, but rather his spirit is inflected with a pervasive Gnosis, an always... Continue Reading →

Radical Love and Existentialism

The existentialist project from Kierkagaard all the way to Sartre portends a liberatory method for the human, a pedagogical praxis for the modern world. The presupposition is clear: modern thought is crippled and unautonomous, and man has been alienated, or cast-away, in a state of existential homelessness. I do not wish to examine the platitudes... Continue Reading →

Every Day and Summer River & Critical Parody in Comparative Literature

Every Day Every day since you appearedSo vividly on my porchWhen I awoke Feeling cessated from my bodyAnd that surge of clear adolescent energy lifted usUp to the roof while I followedReaching for that point in my heartYou wouldn’t let me touchFor you had informed my body for the first timeOf intangibilityAnd how we sat... Continue Reading →

O’Hara and Critical Parody

Parody has become ingrained in contemporary writing as the device which has enveloped the voice of the author. In Prophets of Extremity, (a very important book about Nietzsche's canon and his disciples: Foucault, Heidegger and Derrida) the notion of the decline of modern modes of analysis, the anti-dialectic (Derrida's signature form and style) the ever-shifting... Continue Reading →

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