Nature is not natural and can never be naturalized — Graham Harman

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Want to Help Nepal?

Tsoknyi Rinpoche runs some very important nunneries right in the earthquake zone and the nuns are helping people out directly right there. Here is the way to donate something.

The Tsoknyi lineage was always about the pro-feminist (for Tibetan buddhism) idea that women should have the same educational opportunities as men and not be denigrated as inferior (which is in fact a Vajrayana precept).

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Lithuanian Interview

Thank you Jokubas! I had forgotten that this was here. (English and Lithuanian in two columns.) The Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius is a fantastic space.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Infinity Machine

Cardiff and Miller. If you're in Houston you should see it, it's about two blocks from where I live and it's like walking into hyperobject space for sure. Mirrors and frames cause you to see how objects are wrapped in their very own hermeneutical clouds of unknowing. A sound as of two planes of glass sliding over one another forever. An uncertain dimsionality. If Matthew McConaughey had encountered this at the end of Interstellar, he would've been in trouble.



Dark Ecology to be Published by Columbia

The Wellek Lectures get published by them, and the book got the university press style green light today. Awesome. I've been editing it a lot this last week, me and my excellent research assistant Mallory Pladus.

It's 55 000 words long, which makes it my shortest book by a long way.

We are going to try to put it out real fast. Every time I edit it gets a bit softer, more yin, less like a lecture. More readable.

I think I can put it through maybe five more edits in the intervening time.



The Nonhuman Turn

Richard Grusin's collection of like minded thinkers on things that aren't human and how they have recently splattered unignorably all over the humanities is going to be a go to location for some time now.

Order it order it!

My one is called "They Are Here" and it is race and OOO. And Talking Heads. And yttrium oxide.

I got the idea for the title from Mark
Bell--LFO's "We Are Back."



Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Trying to Avoid Loops: Autoimmunity Alert

"Our intellect is an insect's waking dream" exempts itself from being an insect's waking dream.

Discuss.




Tuesday, April 28, 2015

My Berkeley Lecture on OOO Politics (MP3)

Thank you thank you thank you to Kimberly, who fortunately hit record when I didn't.


Monday, April 27, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Bardo Music

If this isn't playing in the bardo I will require some kind of refund. I believe it was young Mr. Seal aided by Mr. Horn who first alerted me to the beauty of semitone or tone downward modulations...

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Pre-Order Nothing

The Buddhism book I wrote with Marcus Boon and Eric Cazdyn is online and you can order it. Proof reading it, we were struck by how nicely balanced our views are and how genuine and searching a discussion it is.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Vikram the Vampire

I love me some good beats and this has it in spades.


Show Us Your Papers! (PDF)

My MP3 recorder didn't work! So I have taken the unusual step of uploading the actual talk text. Let's see, to give you an idea of the atmosphere. There were about 200 people in the room. There was a long and lively Q&A. People laughed.

One question was about acts--why do I flatten them out so that they are indistinct, allegedly? To which I replied, it's quite the opposite, for me, acts are highly differentiated, and action is intrinsic to what an object is. Another question was about the dreaded narcissism--how to avoid it? I said don't avoid it, it's great! Just read Derrida on narcissism! What is required is that we extend narcissism to include more and more beings. Getting rid of it would destroy the relation to the other in advance. Another question was about the imminence of disaster--to which I responded that the disaster had already occurred, “we are already dead” etc. Another question was about people--are they singular or can they be groups or sets, collectives in other words?

Fantastic group of people on a fantastic day. There were many points of connection between my talk and others'. For instance, to name just a few: Kali Rubaii on dying-with (I invented that phrase in a chat afterwards but it really works to describe what she does); Jonathan Wald on orchids vs. corn (me: flowers vs stems); Emilie Dionne on the ethics of physical vulnerability and susceptibility; Joan Roughgarden on affiliations of humans and nonhumans; Hector Hoyos on individuals vs. people.


Show Us Your Papers! by Timothy Morton

Life

For me life is a flickering instability between two different types of death. Not anti-death but between deaths. A spectral flicker.

On the one side we have dissolution.

On the other we have endless machination.

Discuss.




OOO: The World of Baby Ford




For real. That is the title.

You haven't lived till you've heard "Poem for Wigan," "Wigan," "Chikki Chikki Ahh Ahh" and "The World Is In Love."