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“My”

For an essay on “climate disruption”, I have been reading Karen Barad through Quentin Meillassoux, thinking diffractively with the concept of the messianic and the latter’s speculative realist notion of unthinkability. I’m thinking of the response-abilities possible in a time of bleak optimism. While slugging through their dense writings, Alethea broke through with a painting …Continue Reading >>>

Head and Heart

There is a subtle but pervasive anti-intellectualism that barely registers above the din of countercultural discourse and the newfound affinity for everything indigenous and other-than-western. It is still noticeable though. This anti-intellectualism is a rejection of (or wariness about) the ‘head’ and its dominance over the ‘heart’. We probably don’t talk about it enough, but …Continue Reading >>>

Spectral immigration

Spectral Immigration An older gentleman in Iowa asked me: “As a non-American, what do you think is our greatest problem in America today?” I replied, “I’m not sure about it being the ‘greatest’, but I would say immigration.” He nodded his head as if in agreement, so I drove the real point home: “By immigration, …Continue Reading >>>

‘Crossroads’

Crossroads The cuts you make on my back, the stripes you burn into my skin, the rift you tear open in the Atlantic ocean, as you pull me away from my kin, from my captors, from my memories and gods and demons, they will undo us both. My blood is now on your hands, splashed across clean linen. My cells, splintered and traumatized …Continue Reading >>>

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Falling might very well be flying – without the tyranny of coordinates.