“Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.”—Siddhartha Gautama
“It seems that my tribute to Edward Said on the anniversary of his death has turned away from tribute and towards analysis. That’s exactly my intention. For, while it is hardly my right to tell anyone the proper way to mourn, I would maintain, with what I hope is a touch of Saidian intemperance, that there are in fact ways of missing Edward Said that miss his point. One such way would be to offer up sentimental remembrances of the man while allowing his work to be forgotten. This is always a danger with intellectual and political figures whose careers, and lives, are interrupted by early deaths, leaving us with the sense that they have been stopped mid-sentence. All too easily, they are transformed from intellectual and political interlocutors into statues: Saint Fanon, Saint Foucault, Saint Malcolm, Saint Martin. We need to resist simply offering pieties upon the altar of Saint Edward and then proceeding as though the difficult questions raised by his work no longer exist.”—
I’m a few days late on posting this reflection on the anniversary of Edward Said’s death. I will say that Representations of the Intellectual was one of the most life changing books I have ever read. Similar to Adorno’s Minima Moralia, both books changed the way I understood what was at stake in living a philosophical and intellectually engaged life.
Perhaps that sounds terribly pretentious and maybe on some level it is. But if given the choice (and there is a choice) between a life of critical inquiry and occasional melancholy or one of minimal introspection and constant happiness, I’ll take the path of critical thought and crushed idealism.
the real is out there for everybody but it comes in varied forms and is contested. in other words, what is real in the social universe is created by the theory conceiving it. truth is elusive and disputed but it is essential for the functioning of human relations. claims about what is true in human society cannot be finally decided against any ultimately objective or perfectly neutral standard.
Switch Up the Tools and Flee the BoxZisa O.
Switch Up the Tools and Flee the Box
History: Sometime in Early April of 2010, I met Izzy, a Croatian woman living in Germany, while viewing a performance peace at MOMA. She and I are were not impressed by the piece and engaged each other in an analytic conversation. It was the meeting of kindred spirits. We have maintained contact over the year, having only met twice during the Summer of 2010. She returned this August and we met twice again.
Background: Sharing a bench in Union Square, we started the conversation discussing our feelings about women transitioning into men; we then digressed into speaking about separatism, essentialism and their inherit limitations.
Critical ThoughtKilling The Dream
Your heart is breaking, your head keeps pounding out
Spelling out what you know best,
that everything is just a mess.
Some things are better left unsaid.
And they’ll run, but there’s nothing you can do.
The cuts and blood and fading and love and empty words are real and it’s nothing,
but it’s something to be said.
There’s nothing to be said.
The more we talk of yesterday and all the things they used to say,
the less we really hear ourselves.
We are not the past because we are here today
and it’s worth so much than just two words.
There’s so much more to say let’s let it go.
They gave it up or is there nothing else to say?
Really, did any of us actually believe wholeheartedly that VS made an ad campaign about consent with a large WOC on it? The chances of this are slim to none. I am confident that although they clearly have models that are WOC, they are all tiny tiny tiny, and someone above 130 pounds would never grace any VS ads.
I’m not even that big and I can’t fit into fucking VS stockings in their biggest size. VS is NOT fat friendly.
We NEED to google shit before giving companies like VS credit for ANYTHING.