Caput Algol, and Portraits of Heads Instead of Faces

I’m fascinated by the star Algol, currently located at 26º Taurus, which happens to be the exact degree of the ecliptic that was rising on the eastern horizon at the time of my birth. Caput Algol is a slow moving star. It’s been at 26º Taurus for 50 years, hence why we call stars fixed. Indeed, Algol is…

Four Figures of Subtext (2017)

Note: Liminal Publications editor and cofounder Alex Fry conducted an interview about this essay, which you can listen to on the Internet Archive (2 hours). Four Figures of Subtext Let us start with a simple enough distinction between text and subtext. Let us consider the text to mean the explicit message of the language used. The…

Quaternary Analysis (2017)

Quaternary Analysis We are a binary consciousness. Perhaps the most striking outcome of psychoanalysis is the formalization of this fact in the notion of the distinction between the conscious and the unconscious. Whether we follow orthodox Freudian readings of the unconscious as the repressed remainder of all that is rejected from consciousness, or the Jungian…

On the Question of Ethics in Academic Writing (2014)

On the Question of Ethics in Academic Writing A Group Discussion by Paul Levi Bryant Edited by Jonah Dempcy. Levi Bryant So here’s a question that might generate some heated controversy: If your aim is to change the world, is it ethical to write like Hegel, Derrida, Lacan, Deleuze, or in technical languages only accessible to…

AGAINST SARCASM: the myth of the pomo French intellectual

Originally posted on AGENT SWARM:
I live in France and lead a very active intellectual life here. I am constantly inspired by the rich and creative work being published here, and quite surprised by the image of it that I see on various Anglophone media. There are no social constructionist French philosophers publishing today. Michel…