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Complicit in the rise of Muslim fundamentalism It points to our dreaming about the catastrophe in numerous disaster movies before it happened and explores the irony that the tragedy has been used to legitimize torture Last but not least it analyzes the fiasco of the predominant leftist response to the even. Thought provoking there s a fair amount of nonsense to wade through but Zizek also calls out a bunch of peoplegroups for their nonsense so it was worth the wade

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Welcome to the Desert of the Real Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates

Probing beneath the level of TV punditry Žižek offers a highly original and readable account that serves as a fascinating and insightful comprehension of the events of September 11Liberals and conservatives proclaim the end of the American holiday from history Now the easy games are over; one should take. This is uite interesting This brief book which contains a series of six largely political essays written after and largely about 911 is generally accessible full of sometimes remarkable insights though certainly repetitive and an excellent point of entry for starting in on Zizek There is stuff that is useless for example giving readings of Sophocles Antigone as a method for extracting some philosophical item or nugget that has about as much to do with Sophocles or Antigone as does a ham sandwich and on the other hand the utterly fascinating insights in ch 4 From Homo Sucker to Homo Sacer which essay is alone worth the price of this bookZizek not that I should be making generalizations based on one small volume seems like the guy who is channelling mediumistically the Spectacle and who simply lets it run out unchecked uncensored from all his principal orificies only that unlike with a writer like Baudrillard it is filtered and prism d through a hard and resistent ideology which is precisely the justification for indulging in his logorrheic hyperpublication hyperpublicization hyperzizakization His mind is like a mirror bearing witness to the Spectacle and showing us all that it is cracked

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Sides Žižek argues this is precisely the temptation to be resisted In such moments of apparently clear choices the real alternatives are most hidden Welcome to the Desert of the Real steps back complicating the choices imposed on us It proposes that global capitalism is fundamentalist and that America was. Zizek s writing is some kind of intellectual porn I turn the pages compulsively but what s the point Some part of me is thrilled whenever it interacts with a thought pattern that is not reductive predetermined transparent It is light in the intellectual darkness and like porn it removes the easy coverings of lazy thinking and reveals ideas for what they are in all their mechanical specificity It is compelling because it is so absent from the uotidian Try to have a conversation about politics with someone that goes beyond platitudes and pretty soon the other person will get angry and defensive or you will It is nearly as offensive as kissing a stranger in publicRecently I watched a play called The Laramie Project about the brutal torture and murder of a gay college student in Wyoming It made me want to puke twice once for the horror of the crime and once for the banality of the play It presented total intellectual abdication and called upon the audience to become outraged but not to uestion any of the tenets of the conversation Not that there were tenets not that anything was stated explicitly which could in any way be uestioned The fundamental argument was that there are haters in America and that Wyoming is a place built on hate Some people managed to overcome their original Wyominghate sin but none were as pure as the people who wrote the play nor as pure as the martyr who was inherently without sin for being a martyr The gay in the play is present as the victim of Wyomingites who perceive him as the hated other while the play suggests the true other is the pure unredeemed Wyomingite himself inhuman in his violent otherness The real crime this original sin of making homosexuality the other is answered with the same crime visited on the Wyomingites some of whom emerge into humanhood as they renounce their homophobia just as homophobes imagine the homosexual emerging into humanhood upon choosing to be straight Puke It was like a reeducation camp There was even a candlelight vigil in the middleSo reading a book like this is a relief from the world where politics and violence when dealt with by liberals is so patronizing and anti intellectual But again what s the point Reading Zizek drops one down a hole of ideas tearing everything apart and leaving very little ground upon which to stand Some of the ideas strike me as pretty strong especially the overall notion that the overall structure of our political life vis a vis the otherenemy sits on an intellectually tedious set of structures His critiue of torture or his idea of the homo sacer the person who like an illegal combatant fits into no known legal framework and becomes a non person seem fairly sound but so what The very nature of his constant critiue invites its own Who is he to decide that the Czechs were happy in the 80s Who is he to make all the grand claims he makes I guess this is what theorists do but it all seems so arbitrary Arbitrary and unnecessary Which raises the uestion when is thinking about such things useful I keep coming back to the same thought that it has to matter deeply to oneself to be worth thinking about and in order for it to matter deeply it cannot be merely an exercise in intellectual acrobatics it must be connected to conscience to meaning or the search for it Otherwise life s too shortStill I ve got one chapter left I can t wait to open it


10 thoughts on “Welcome to the Desert of the Real Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates

  1. says:

    The thing you notice uickly how often the bastard contradicts himself At first I wanted to say that he was inconsistent but then it became clear that it was a bigger part of his mission And indeed his first wish is to problematize the simple choices we have been given Honestly too few are better positioned to do so As a Slovene as

  2. says:

    This is uite interesting This brief book which contains a series of six largely 'political' essays written after and largely about 911 is generally accessible full of sometimes remarkable insights though certainly repetitive and an excellent point of entry for starting in on Zizek There is stuff that is useless for example giving r

  3. says:

    In short is it not that today in our resigned postideological era which admits no positive Absolutes the only legitimate candidate for the Absolute are radically evil acts?This is a book about dreams The philosopher notes early that in developing nations people dream about making it to the West while First Worlders dream about the end of th

  4. says:

    Every feature attributed to the Other is already present at the very heart of the USAI'll write later when time allows But after Terro

  5. says:

    Zizek's writing is some kind of intellectual porn I turn the pages compulsively but what's the point? Some part of me is thrilled whenever it interacts with a thought pattern that is not reductive predetermined transparent It is light in the

  6. says:

    I think sometimes people who've known me for a long time wonder how I ended up a fan of Zizek and Badiou how I ended up so disenchanted with capitalism etc There'a a lot of things that go into it but one aspect that this book reminded me about these guys get it right I'm a mathematician have taught probability and statistics I like keeping

  7. says:

    Thought provoking there’s a fair amount of nonsense to wade through but Zizek also calls out a bunch of peoplegroups for their nonsense so it was worth the wade

  8. says:

    Nicholas Lezard said it very well about another Zizek book Reading Žižek is hard work But it is worth it; like hacking through miles of undergrowth and jungle vegetation in order to be rewarded every so often with a splendid view For when Žižek stops talking like that and actually says something directly then he is electrifyingI just wish there were a higher signal to noise ratio Maybe noise isn't the right word but there's a

  9. says:

    Every time I pick up a Zizek book I go in with the expectation I'll be able to track with maybe half of it His t

  10. says:

    filthy Slovene muses about the secret fantasies of Americans