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Monday, November 5, 2007

Best in Thought

posted by on November 5 at 16:38 PM

The new music of Burial has inspired me to make this quick list of key (key for me) philosophical essays.

Walter Benjamin: “Theses on the Philosophy of History”
klee_engel_higher-res.jpgThere is no better or more complete concept of history.

Mike Davis: “Dead Cities”
g_08.jpgThis work is urban theory at its terminal point.

Roland Barthes: “Sade”
Picture%201.jpg Everything you wanted to know about sex.

Louis Althusser: “Ideology and the State”
spaceneedle.jpg Theory as a missile that seeks and destroys what it seeks.

Staurt Hall: “The After Life of Frantz Fanon: Why Fanon? Why Now? Why Black Skin, White Masks?”
fanon.jpg Really, what else does a black man want?

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1 that fifth picture from "Dark Angel"? Really, Charles?

Posted by Fyodor Zulinski | November 5, 2007 4:41 PM

Could I please have some more info on that picture of the Space Needle?

Where did you find it? is it real?

Posted by wow | November 5, 2007 4:48 PM

it is from dark
angle. the image is here:

Posted by charles | November 5, 2007 4:52 PM

A jet pack?

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 5, 2007 4:56 PM

The Space Needle shot is awesome.

Posted by Michigan Matt | November 5, 2007 5:04 PM

That Space Needle shot is depressing.

And inevitable.

Posted by pgreyy | November 5, 2007 5:05 PM

Loose shoes, and two other things...?

Posted by supergp | November 5, 2007 5:09 PM

I prefer Paul Klee myself

Posted by -B- | November 5, 2007 5:14 PM

Ah, so Charles learned everything he knows about sex from Barthes. Much is explained.

Posted by Fnarf | November 5, 2007 5:16 PM

What about the Barthes illustration?

Posted by Brian | November 5, 2007 6:07 PM

Awesome list! I would add "On Man's Need for Metaphysics" by the great pessimist (and all-time bitchiest queen of the prose form) Arthur Schopenhauer. (In "The World as Will and Representation" Volume 2.) So relevant to everything happening today.

Posted by The Gay Recluse | November 5, 2007 9:13 PM

Nicely obscure reference, SuperGP. Even I forget who it was who said that originally, but it's also spoken (by a black actor) in Lars von Trier's film "Epidemic". The strangest moment in a very strange film.

Posted by Donovan | November 5, 2007 9:55 PM

Cioran's A short history of decay should be on the top of this awesome list.

"In everyman sleeps a prophet, and when he wakes there is a little more evil in the world...

Posted by SeMe | November 6, 2007 8:35 AM

"It is not altogether comfortable to live among people who feel themselves suddenly heir to vast possibilities they surely have the right to possess but will in all likelihood not get." -- Clifford Geertz

Posted by Rusty Shackelford | November 6, 2007 10:28 AM

I'm all for clarity in language, something should be expressed in the simplest terms possible but not simpler :)
So I'm annoyed at the pseudo-intellectual bullshit of "Theory as a missile that seeks and destroys what it seeks."
Fuck that, why not just say "Do theories destroy what they seek?" Much simpler isn't it?

Posted by arandomdude | November 6, 2007 10:42 AM

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