Friendship: the sum of everything through which they can give each other pleasure

[Description of featured image: The picture shows seven books stacked on top of one another. From top to bottom the spines of the books read as follows: Foucault - Ethics; Deleuze & Guattari - A Thousand Plateaus; Deleuze & Guattari - Anti-Oedipus; Michel Foucault - The History of Sexuality : 2; Michel Foucault - The History of Sexuality: 3; Benjamin - Illuminations; Walter Benjamin - Reflections. ]

Old friends

Saying hello to some old friends as I prepare to go back to school after my five year stint as a very reluctant, and increasingly unhappy, theater manager. I am not an accountant, I am a snail, leaving a trail of sticky starry juice as I slowly slide after pleasures.

It feels like I’ve been asleep for all these years and now I’m just waking up. Why have I starved myself so and denied myself the company of friends? In that first volume in the stack pictured, Foucault defines friendship at some point as “the sum of everything through which they can give each other pleasure.”

So once again, the snail is ever so slowly getting back on track to use the alimentary as an ethical heuristic to arrive at an ethopoetics of pleasure, an earthly ethics firmly grounded in our finite bodies, an erotics of being.

This time around I promise myself that things will be different. This time around I will not be ashamed of reading and writing- all I can and all I ever want to do. I’m not an activist. I am a snail catching words in my sticky shiny trail.

As I’m done with the more humiliating bits of the application process such as taking standardized tests at the ripe age of 35, I am moving onto writing a statement of purpose and a sample. I’ll try to use this blog as a notepad along the way. Snippets, fragments, quotes, images will go here to map my lines of flight over the plateaus.

Academia here I come (again)

Academia here I come (again)

[Description of featured image: The picture shows seven books stacked on top of one another. From top to bottom the spines of the books read as follows: Foucault – Ethics; Deleuze & Guattari – A Thousand Plateaus; Deleuze & Guattari – Anti-Oedipus; Michel Foucault – The History of Sexuality : 2; Michel Foucault – The History of Sexuality: 3; Benjamin – Illuminations; Walter Benjamin – Reflections. ]

[Description of the Calvin and Hobbes strip at the end of the post: First strip: Calvin is depicted sitting in a chair across from Hobbes. Calvin is writing on a piece of paper with a pen and Hobbes is looking at the paper. Calvin’s speech bubble reads: “I used to hate writing assignments but now I love them.”  Second strip: Hobbes is now looking at the viewer and Calvin is holding the pen towards Hobbes in a gesture of confidence with closed eyes. His speech bubble reads: “I realized that the purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning, and inhibit clarity.” Third strip: The strip now only shows Calvin from a closer point of view as he is smiling and holding up the piece of paper. His speech bubble reads: “With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog! Want to see my book report?” Fourth strip: The strip show Hobbes holding the piece of paper and reading from it. Calvin is resting his cheek on his right hand with closed eyes and a satisfied expression. Hobbes’ speech bubble reads: “The Dynamics of Interbeing and Monological Imperatives in Dick and Jane: A Study in Psychic Transrelational Gender Modes.” Calvin’s speech bubble reads: “Academia here I come.” My caption to the whole strip reads: “Academia here I come (again).” ]

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