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Houellebecq – The Map and the Territory (Part 2)

The Shamanic Cryptograph

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Houellebecq – The Map and the Territory (Part 1)

Beyond the Precession of Simulacra

  • Beyond the precession of simulacra, Houellebecq’s 2010 novel The Map and the Territory appears like a groaning hieroglyph, its anguish revealing the entirely alien reality on which our lives are based. The map is our model, the territory is the real and the narrator – the Jed-Houellebecq complex – Continue reading

Violence and Involvement – The Electric Dionysus – (Part 3)

BDSM: Violence and Involvement – Some Tendencies of Electric Love

Frank Booth: “You receive a love-letter from me, you’re fucked forever! You understand, fuck?!” – the speeding car, the sucking on amyl nitrite, the constancy of the rage, mixing roles between Daddy, Mummy, the child and the adult, Frank Booth is Continue reading

Benjamin: The Decomposition of Aura

“The pillars of nature’s temple are alive
and sometimes yield perplexing messages;
forests of symbols between us and the shrine
remark our passage with accomplished eyes”
(Baudelaire, Flowers of Evil,Correspondences l. 1-4)

“These warm fall nights I breathe, eyes closed, the scent
of your welcoming breasts and thereupon appears
the coast of maybe Malabar – some paradise
besotted by the sun’s monotonous fire;”
(Baudelaire, Flowers of Evil,By Association 1-4)

“It was a splendid beach, almost completely deserted, of a geometrical flatness, with immaculate sand and, surrounded by cliffs with strikingly black vertical faces; a man graced with a real artistic temperament would undoubtedly have been able to make the most of this solitude, this beauty. For my part, I felt myself faced with infinity like a flea on a piece of fly paper. I couldn’t give a fuck about this beauty, this geological transcendence. In fact, I even found it all vaguely menacing.”
(Houellebecq,The Possibility of an Island,pg. 74)

“After a certain age… it’s quite obvious that everything has been said and done. How could a project as intrinsically empty as two men spending some time together lead to anything other than boredom, annoyance and, at the end of the day, outright hostility?”
(Houellebecq,The Possibility of an Island,
pg. 60)

The above excerpts mark the transition and evolution of the modern soul – Continue reading

The Autoamputation of Lust

“Physiologically, the central nervous system, that electric network that coordinates the various media of our senses, plays the chief role. Whatever threatens its function must be contained, localised or cut off even to the total removal of the offending organ.” (McLuhan: Understanding Media pg.64-65).

For McLuhan, ‘autoamputation’ is that function through which all media and technology are created. That due to some irritation of the nervous system, some organ of that system would be projected out into the world Continue reading