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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
So I was standing in the shower just now, thinking about that Theory's Empire book I need to hunt down and decided that I'd love to write a book about practical applications of abstruse cultural theory. You know, something like, "Judicious application of Deleuze and Guattari's concept of the rhizome can lead to a more fulfilling social network and better sex to boot." This book would be a total scandal, both to the anti-theory camp and to all the theorists out there who think that practical application is always a reductive ideological closure. And it would sell!
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From: ex_synecdoch550 Date: July 15th, 2005 07:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'd buy it. :)
From: batdina Date: July 15th, 2005 07:59 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
you took the words right out of my mouth. Theory's Empire can rot on the shelf so far as I'm concerned.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 15th, 2005 10:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, yes. But I figure I need to familarize myself with it, however wrong-headed the project may be.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 15th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
From: marcegoodman Date: July 16th, 2005 10:09 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The most practical application of an abstruse cultural theory would seem to be to make that theory less abstruse. This would be a totally worthy task. I encourage you. Although there is great value in difficult writing (I believe Adorno talks about this) difficult ideas can also be put plainly. Badiou's Ethics is an excellent example of this. I just saw that Todd May's new book on Deleuze has a chapter devoted to such "practical applications" including ironically enough a section on "love's erotics".
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: July 16th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Very aptly stated. I'm going to have to check out that Todd May book. Of course, from Adorno's perspective, to state plainly is to sometimes obscure a difficulty that needs to be felt at the level of form. Sometimes Badiou strikes me as being too direct. I'd understand him better if it took me longer to distill the propositional content of his sentences, because their distillate can seem more baffling than the solution from which they are distilled.
From: marcegoodman Date: July 16th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
The distillate (I love that image, especially its connotation of falling or trickling) can indeed be baffling. The sentences I understand I think of as explosions with a hazy aftermath that just hangs, leaving me to try and think through the consequences. What I love about both Adorno and Badiou is the sheer rigour of the writing from almost opposite ends of the spectrum-dialectical to non or anti-dialectical in the case of Badiou, although I understand there are those who make the case for him as still being dialectical.
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