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 …

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 …

Notes on Heidegger’s books on Nietzsche

- In Heidegger's two books on Nietzsche, he is seeking to answer the way in which being as a whole is. The general force of the world is ever-present and yields the closing of the world and of its becoming. The finitude of becoming, the advance and progress of cosmic occurrence into infinity is impossible- …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Aura and Benjamin’s Metaphysics

One of the most important twentieth century essays on the effects Fascism has had on modern art is "the mechanical reproductability of art," a phenomenological analysis of art and perception in an age of mass-politics and totalitariansim. The essay is written with the purpose of positioning the future of art via outlining the confines of …

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 …

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 …