by Cory Austin Knudson

Beyond the Periphery of the Skin – Silvia Federici

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Silvia Federici’s BEYOND THE PERIPHERY OF THE SKIN is a baffling work that slides from the academically indefensible to the ethically dubious with remarkable facility.

Me & Other Writing – Marguerite Duras

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Even for the French it is nearly impossible to pin down exactly how Duras does what she does.

Pigs — Johanna Stoberock

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The island of Pigs is the locus of multiple abrading – one can almost hear them shifting and grating – layers of meaning.

Excess—The Factory – Leslie Kaplan

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Leslie Kaplan’s EXCESS—THE FACTORY has nine circles, but you don’t get to the bottom of it.

99 Theses on the Revaluation of Value — Brian Massumi

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Post-capitalist thinking here is not a navel-gazing exercise in utopian fabulation, but a very direct imperative to think through capitalist value-structures.

Obscenity and the Arts – Anthony Burgess, Germaine Greer, and Andrew Biswell

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Burgess’s lecture comes across as pat and facile as it does because he wanted more than anything to show the Maltese that he and his books weren’t a danger to anyone thank-you-very-much and can-I-have-my-fucking-books-back-please.

Notes from Year One

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A dialectical reflection on graduate education, and God

The Anguish of Thought — Évelyne Grossman

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Anguish is, after all, the core watchword of modernism, beloved of avant-garde artists, writers, and thinkers since the salons of the mid-nineteenth century.

Radical Sacrifice – Terry Eagleton

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The dust jacket claims that Radical Sacrifice “distils the essence of Eagleton’s later thought,” but at the outset it seems like that later thought is stuck in an era now long past.

QAnon’s Pendulum: On Umberto Eco’s Fiction and Right-Wing Conspiracism

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The stories of Umberto Eco and QAnon are those of people desperate for meaning, and of people willing to give them some semblance of it for profit, for power, or even for laughs.