Join us next week as we wander from Artaud toward Deleuze & Guattari’s discussion of his ideas in A Thousand Plateaus. We’ll mainly be discussing the chapter “November 28, 1947: How Do You Make Yourself a Body Without Organs?” — pg. 149 in the edition found HERE. Gluttons for punishment might also read through the later chapter “1227: Treatise on Nomadology — The War Machine”, which is quite lengthy but also quite relevant to anarchists – or so we are told by those in the know.
D&G’s writing can sometimes be bewildering. In order to get the most out of this book, it is suggested that you try not to get too hung up on their idiosyncratic argot or searching for readily-intelligible theses and instead allow the language to transport you while remaining aware of the ideas and impressions it evokes. But for those of us who are hopelessly strung out on hermeneutics, this critical introduction to the text provides glosses of each section which may prove helpful. You’re also encouraged to check out the youtube series “Deleuze for the Desperate”, which explores many of the important concepts deployed in Capitalism & Schizophrenia (the two volume project comprising A Thousand Plateaus and Anti-Oedipus).
Remember our reading of Barthes from a while back and, instead of privileging authorial intent, make the book your own!
“To confront the metaphysics I have created for myself, in accordance with the void I carry within me.”
Let’s get relational!
Both of next week’s readings are from the incomparable psyche of Antonin Artaud.
First, the radio play “To Have Done with the Judgment of God”, one of his final works and also one of his most famous. You cannot get the full effect of this piece by simply reading the text, so listen HERE and if you’re interested in reading along (albeit from a slightly different translation), you can reference THIS excellent collection of late Artaud works.
In addition, his essay Van Gogh: The Man Suicided By Society.
And they have pushed me over
where I ceaselessly eat
at all my meals
all those of THE CROSS.
Alright negators, next week we reach the conclusion of Thomas Disch’s Camp Concentration. We’re picking up where we left off with section 51 (pg. 153 in the paperback with the skinhead on the cover/pg. 74 in the pdf linked below) through the end. You can download the book HERE.
Next week we will also hopefully have some more concrete info regarding the first presentation in the BASTARD monthly series kicking off in June. So if you’re down to help organize it, BE THERE!
Finally, a big congratulations to Lew and a warm welcome to Bradley!
Revisiting an familiar classic: Alejandro’s Its core is the negation
Plus, more BASTARD 2019 news. Hope to see you there!
Reading Starts at Book Two which is page 110 in the physical book with the white cover and man with barcode on his neck until page 153 which stops at section 50. Book two is numbered so read from the beginning of book two until section number 50. Be fucking stoked! Thomas Disch is fucking amazing! See ya tuesday 🙂