Monthly Archives: July 2013

Another Useful Quote from Freud

“As soon as anyone deliberately concentrates his attention to a certain degree, he begins to select from the material before him; one point will be fixed in his mind with particular clearness and some other will be correspondingly disregarded, and in making this selection he will be following his expectations or inclinations. This, however, is […]

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A Useful Quote from Freud

“In the individual’s mental life someone else is invariably involved, as a model, as an object, as a helper, as an opponent, and so from the very first individual psychology, in this extended but entirely justifiable sense of the words, is at the same time a social psychology as well” (Group Psychology, 1921).

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The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Vuitton: Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring, Publicity Rights, and the End of Narcissism

   Sam (career check-forger and safecracker): “I don’t know, maybe it’s a sense of resentment because they make it. I watch them from across the street and hope they have a good day. Today it’s theirs, tonight it’s mine… I just dig stealing. I like it.” Bruce Jackson, Outside The Law: A Thief’s Primer (London: […]

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Featherbedding, Productivist Politics, Death Drive and the Decline of the New Deal Order

(A version of this paper was delivered at the Labor and Working Class History Conference in New York, June 2013) Many labor unions are intent upon restricting the number of workers employed in their field…The effect is, of course, an increase in the wages earned by the union members. But the corollary is a drop […]

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A Kenneth Burke Quote I am Often Looking For

“I have read that there is an especially high incidence of stomach ulcers among taxi drivers–an occupational illness that would not seem to be accounted for merely by poor and irregular meals, since these are equally the lot of workers at other kinds of jobs. Do we not see, rather, a bodily response to the […]

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Leggo My Ego-Sphere! Sloterdijk, Redacted

Some notes on Peter Sloerdijk Translated from the German by Daniela Fabricus “Cell Block, Egospheres, Self-Container” in Log, Summer/Fall 2007. Seems to me like the best thing from his peculiar project, and the article isn’t online, as far as I know, so if it’s useful to someone, here are my notes: Epigraph: “The hour is […]

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