"The picture is in my eye, but me, I am in the picture."
I've been working away at Less Than Nothing: Hegel and the Shadow of Dialectical Materialism for about 10 months. It's been a long slog but worth the time and effort. Less than 300 pages to go (it's a 1038 page book)!
The Lacan bit quoted above is something Zizek returns to again and again in Less Than Nothing. I've been thinking about it a lot. One is always already in the frame one has created.
I'm at another sticking point--or perhaps better said, point of hesitation--in the novel. I'm at the point of introducing menace into the book and am trying to figure out what that might mean for a couple of key figures.
Appearances is "about" projections, ventriloquized thoughts, hypnosis,collective dreaming, shadows, the Virtual and the Real.
Read the Auster/Coetzee letters over the weekend. Recommend it. Correspondence on this scale has become a very rare thing.
I keep pacing, looking for the UPS truck. Charles Bernstein's new book Recalculating should be arriving soon. I'm anxious to read it.
Charles was the first poet I interviewed, back in the day. And probably the most philosophically disposed poet I've ever met. He and David Bromige are paired in my mind as the two greatest performers of poetry I have encountered.