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Raumer an Kleist

Berlin, den 21. Februar 1811

1) Warum die Abendblätter zugrunde gehen, zeigt ihr Inhalt.
2) meine geringe Empfindlichkeit beweise ich Ihnen dadruch, daß ich die Wiederholung Ihres großen Irrtums über das Geldanerbieten ruhig ertrage, nachdem Sie selbst jenen Irrtum erkannt und mit der Höflichkeit zurückgenommen haben, welche Ihre jetzige Stimmung Ihnen leider nicht zu erlauben scheint.
3) Für oder wider das Abendblatt hab ich keine Veranlassung mit Sr. Exzellen zu sprechen, da die Sache hinlänglich besprochen ist; ich werde Ihnen auch Ihr Unrecht nicht nochmals schriftlich auseinandersetzen, weil ich meine Zeit besser benutzen kann.
4) Drucken mögen Sie lassen, was Sie verantworten können

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— From Kleist’s (insane) letter exchange with Prussian officials claiming public subsidies for his Abendblätter a few months before his suicide. Totally mad — at some point he even writes a letter to Friedrich Wilhelm III. 

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"Two lacks overlaps here. The first emerges from the central defect around which the dialectic of the advent of the subject
to his own being in the relation to the Other turns—by the fact
that the subject depends on the signifier and that the signifier is first of all in the field of the Other. This lack takes up the
other lack, which is the real, earlier lack, to be situated at the
advent of the living being, that is to say, at sexed reproduction.
The real lack is what the living being loses, that part of himself
qua living being, in reproducing himself through the way of sex.
This lack is real because it relates to something real, namely,
that the living being, by being subject to sex, has fallen under
the blow of individual death.
Aristophanes’ myth pictures the pursuit of the complement
for us in a moving, and misleading, way, by articulating that it
is the other, one’s sexual other half; that the living being seeks
in love. To this mythical representation of the mystery of love,
analytic experience substitutes the search by the subject, not of
the sexual complement, but of the part of himself, lost forever,
that is constituted by the fact that he is only a sexed living being,
and that he is no longer immortal."

— Lacan, Seminar XI

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"even when you stuff the mouth — the mouth that opens in the register of the drive — it is not food that satisfies it, it is, as one says, the pleasure of the mouth."

— Lacan, Seminar XI

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""Alle Menschen sind im schwindelnden Augenblick des Miteinanderschlafens derselbe Mensch." So lautet, weil es mit dem Begehren eins ist, das Gesetz.

Das Gesetz vergessen heißt demnach: das Vergessen vergessen. Eine Übertretung, die seit langem den Namen Liebe führt. Noch im Schwindel der Körper einer oder eine zu sein und die Eins eines Namens oder Bildes zu meinen, ist eine der seltsamsten Fähigkeiten von Europäern."

— Kittler, “Ottilie Hauptmann”

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"I couldn’t tell you dear which one whispers in my ear/
The Devil or St. Andrew”

(Source: Spotify)

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"Ein bedeutender Dichter wird jederzeit einen bedeutenden Roman schreiben können (und ebenso ein Drama), wenn er über Figuren und eine Erfindung verfügt, die gestatten, daß er seine Art zu denken und fühlen ihnen eindrückt. Denn die Probleme, die er entdeckt, verleihen nur dem mittleren Dichter Bedeutung; ein starker Dichter entwertet alle Probleme, denn seine Welt ist anders und sie werden klein wie Gebirge auf einem Globus."

Musil, Die Novelle als Problem (1914). 

An interesting poetics here that I’m not entirely certain I understand — certainly a kind of anti-realist aesthetics (although more than just l’art pour l’art), but I have a hard time understanding it in relation to Musil’s own work. 

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Bernie Ecclestone

So I was watching some news thing about this Formula 1 owner paying a 100 million euro settlement to get out of jail and decided to head over to his Wikipedia to see what sort of swamp he crawled out of. There I find this charming anecdote:

In a Times interview published on 4 July 2009, Ecclestone said “terrible to say this I suppose, but apart from the fact that Hitler got taken away and persuaded to do things that I have no idea whether he wanted to do or not, he was – in the way that he could command a lot of people – able to get things done.” According to Ecclestone: “If you have a look at a democracy it hasn’t done a lot of good for many countries — including this one”. He also said that his friend of 40 years Max Mosley, the son of British fascist leader Oswald Mosley, “would do a super job” as Prime Minister […]

In a subsequent interview with The Jewish Chronicle, Ecclestone said that his comments were taken the wrong way, but apologised, saying, “I’m just sorry that I was an idiot. I sincerely, genuinely apologise.” However, when Ecclestone was later told by Associated Press that the World Jewish Congress had called for his resignation, he said “it’s a pity they didn’t sort the banks out,” referring to the financial crisis of 2007–2010, and claimed “They have a lot of influence everywhere.”

frankly i am surprised you can make that much money while being this stupid. who decides that the person most in need of historical apologetics is hitler? of all people, hitler!  also, the immediate logical short-circuit: 1) hitler was a commanding figure 2) hitler was persuaded to do things against his will (one is tempted to ask: by whom? who was the hitler behind hitler, bernie? but i suspect the actual answer would be less amusing).  

finally, i think my favorite bit is that he initially apologizes and then doubles down — obliviously— on the anti-semitism card: “alright, so it turns out hitler was a bad guy — which i would have known if the jews who run the media had not been feeding me misinformation!”

if only the jews who run world capitalism would just cut his funding already. must be internal divides amongst world jewry.  

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"People know what they do; frequently they know why they do what they do; but what they don’t know is what what they do does."

Michael Foucault (via theunquotables)

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(via fuckyeahexistentialism)

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"Verschiedene Gefährlichkeit des Lebens. — Ihr wisst gar nicht, was ihr erlebt, ihr lauft wie betrunken durch’s Leben und fallt ab und zu eine Treppe hinab. Aber, Dank eurer Trunkenheit, brecht ihr doch nicht dabei die Glieder: eure Muskeln sind zu matt und euer Kopf zu dunkel, als dass ihr die Steine dieser Treppe so hart fändet, wie wir Anderen! Für uns ist das Leben eine grössere Gefahr: wir sind von Glas — wehe, wenn wir uns stossen! Und Alles ist verloren, wenn wir fallen!"

— Nietzsche, die fröhliche Wissenschaft

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"(The monument of psychoanalysis must be traversed—not bypassed—like the fine thoroughfares of a very large city, across which we can play, dream, etc.: a fiction.)"

RB, The Pleasure of The Text

I wonder what Lacan thought of RB and what they interacted like in person.