Tallangatta
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by Cecilia Barron
2d ago
By Stephen Orr. Before I start writing I hear the story of four boys who have died in the United States, fallen through river ice, cardiac arrest; and a neuroscientist facing his own mortality, two or three days before the cancer he understands so well (at the genetic, the cellular level) carries him off on the Great Adventure. The fear of losing loved ones, daily, hanging over our heads, the realisation time has nothing to do with you – you’re part of it, in it, but it continues despite any understanding, intuitions resisting words, categories, floating just beyond our grasp – sits waiting ..read more
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Minute 9: Racist Reasoning, Antiracist Resistance
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by Andrew Gallix
1w ago
By Alex Zamalin.   BlacKkKlansman, directed by Spike Lee, 2018 BlacKkKlansman, the cinematic dramatization of the real-life story of Ron Stallworth, a Black detective who infiltrates the Colorado Springs chapter of the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1970s, is director Spike Lee’s meditation on white supremacy during the early years of Donald Trump’s presidency, when white nationalism was on the rise and was exemplified by the bloody 2017 “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, Virginia, which left one person dead. Lee goes back in time to make sense of the contemporary moment, to explain ..read more
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Becoming des/death becoming
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by Cecilia Barron
2w ago
By Steve Finbow. Martin Bladh, DES: The Theatre of Death, (Infinity Land Press, 2022) Eudaemonism, noun, the ethical doctrine that personal happiness is the chief good and the proper aim of action. In After the Future (2011), Franco “Bifo” Berardi wrote, “Sensitivity is the ability of the human senses to process information; sensibility is the faculty that makes empathic understanding possible, the ability to comprehend what words cannot say, the power to interpret a continuum of non-discrete elements, nonverbal signs, and the flows of empathy. This faculty, which enables humans to under ..read more
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Aurora
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by Andrew Gallix
3w ago
By Josh Allan. Seraphina Madsen, Aurora (Dodo Ink, 2023) On the surface, Aurora is the story of one girl’s rise from trailer trash origins to the cream of high society, told through a series of extravagant, essentially plotless, escapades paving the way to a ferocious conclusion. This is a novel that ticks all the boxes to qualify as your average Bildungsroman; but if the coming-of-age trope seems in danger of finally dying of age, author Seraphina Madsen succeeds in breathing new life into the genre by defying the classic conventions. In the character of Aurora we have a heroine who does not ..read more
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The Philosophy of Modern Song
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by Andrew Gallix
3w ago
By Stuart Walton. Bob Dylan, The Philosophy of Modern Song (Simon & Schuster, 2022) When the penny eventually dropped, and we realised there wasn’t going to be a subsequent volume to Bob Dylan’s 2004 memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, that book became all the more valuable an insight into the craft of the great songwriter at key points in his recording career. What Dylan had to say on the page became as fascinating in its self-disclosure as many of the songs themselves. In a career that has seesawed relentlessly between living legend and frowsty old nuisance, all through the long interludes ..read more
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Terry Hall
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by Andrew Stevens
3w ago
By Stephen Hayward.   The recent passing of singer/songwriter, Terry Hall, has prompted an outpouring of grief and affection for him across the worlds of music, art, pop and politics. The lead singer with seminal Coventry band, The Specials, died from pancreatic cancer on December 18. In these fractious times, his is that rarest of legacies – an individual and a multifaceted output around which a broad consensus seems to have already emerged. He mattered, as did his music, way beyond the sprung floor dancehalls of those early gigs. Koushik Banerjea, novelist, recalls the lasting impact o ..read more
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Dark Advances: ‘Affect aliens,’ revolutionary despair, and the imperative to go wild
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by Cecilia Barron
3w ago
By Lilly Markaki. Film from Apollo 11 “Hope is reactionary: it cocoons actuality in the gossamer of the tolerable, dulling the thirst for change. Despair is revolutionary: it grinds the knife-edge of the intolerable against the whetstone of actuality, sparking the will to change.” — Ray Brassier, “Refusal” This paper begins with a hum, tremble, or murmur by which everything now rises to the surface. Not a human song, but the perlocutionary utterance of what Stefano Harney and Fred Moten speak of, I think, when they write of the movement of the earth against world—an underground, black rhythm ..read more
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Poem Brut #146 – Avant Garden
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by steven fowler
3w ago
By Helianne Kallio. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Helianne Kallio is a Finnish poet and writer, experimenting with all sorts of poetic ideas and methods. Their poems have been published in various anthologies and magazines and they have performed at poetry events and festivals, also with musicians. They have worked as a creative activities instructor and community artist ..read more
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S/Z
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by Mark de Silva
1M ago
By Ben Libman. Scrambling back, over the rocks, I could just make out the asylum hanging cantilever over the adjacent peak. I had practically run out of money when I disembarked from the train at a little station in the Engadine Valley. A horse-semen thief whose address I had been assigned to expose had convinced me to make a trade instead: a hand-drawn map of the route from the little Bahnhof to the lunatic asylum nestled in the peaks above the valley where a certain psychotic journalist resided, in exchange for leaving the thief unmolested. The map was only a map in a loose sense, a jagged ..read more
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Me, Myself, and I: Autotruth and Autofiction in The Red Headed Pilgrim
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by Andrew Gallix
1M ago
By D. W. White.   Kevin Maloney, The Red Headed Pilgrim (Two Dollar Radio, 2023) Autofiction, despite reports of its demise, is very much alive. Slippery terminology — metafiction, new narrative, autobiographical fiction — notwithstanding, the unfiltered and unrestrained first person narrator, employing liberal use of the direct address and possessed, to some extent or another, of the carbon copied ghost of his creator, continues to haunt modern fiction. The term, like most good controversies, is French, originally describing a type of book that sheds novelistic convention to simply get ..read more
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