001.1—Twentieth Century Modularism
I have gotten about two thirds of the way through Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s Death on the Installment Plan, a novel I first became aware of via an oblique reference made in Beck’s 2006 song The Horrible Fanfare/Landslide/Exoskeleton. First published in 1952, and then translated into English by Ralph Manheim in 1966, Death on the Installment Plan follows the childhood and adolescence of Ferdinand, the son of an abusive antiques salesman in the filthy slums of Paris. Described in the book jacket as “creative confessions,” this novel uses ellipses to stitch together narrative and emotional fragments that often turn extremely lewd. The book is full of shit and vomit, written in such a manic and sometimes slapstick way that reminds me of the baroque sadisms of writers like William S. Burroughs or Thomas Pynchon.
img, Diagram of OSCAR from The Modular Body (2016), an “online science fiction story” by Floris Kaayk
001—The Modularism of Blogging
Blogging is characterized by MODULARITY. (It is the medium of modular modernity, or modularism.) Blogging takes individualized snapshots of life that can be linked to one another, reordered or otherwise reorganized, individually deleted or repeated (reblogged, annotated, etc.)… The blog is always-already a collage or a palimpsest, but what must be recognized at this juncture is that if the blog is a collage or a palimpsest then it is one that is spread out in a line, composed of many dots held together by a loose and entangling thread. “On Modularism / Science and Capitalism in Louis-Ferdinand de Céline’s “Death on the Installment Plan””
usually mouse process:
Mouse—> interpretation—> narrative (further perpetuating the mice)
Mouse process, as of yesterday:
real Mouse—> un consensual dream—-> real Mouse …….yikes yikes yikes
last night I had my first mouse dream ever, mice usually only gain importance when i write about them and make symbolic associations
but last night they actually entered my subconscious and dream
( symbolical existence become associated to real)
maybe because I was trying to catch this one mouse in my room before I fell asleep
anyways in the dream escaped mice had given birth and there were thousands of them but some were mutated and half formed with huge eyes
All crawling towards me but never menacing
the real mice and the mouse narrative, though seemingly romanticized and fantastical have always still operated realistically in terms of symbolic status to body and space but with this new dream presence mouse status has become more confused
the exact place of the interlude is unclear xx
(this is not Alix, new bodily conditions this week)
1. The interspecies interface reaches not across languages, but across language itself, as it is humanly understood.
2. There is a difference between agency and consent. A nonhuman species has agency in its relations to humans and other species, but it cannot consent to these relations, in the sense that consent involves verbal affirmation.
3. Whether or not some nonhuman animals have language or humanlike cognitive capacities is an open question.
4. Ethics cannot depend on whether or not animals are like humans.
5. Ethics is a matter of life and death.
6. If ethics cannot depend on whether or not animals are like humans, it must depend on something else.
7. Donna Haraway argues that our interspecies politics must reject the gesture of making a species “merely killable.”
8. Nonhuman animals are not the only beings who get made merely killable.
9. Colonialism and genocide hinge around the gesture of making people merely killable.
10. “Dehumanization” is a word for making beings merely killable.
11. Fascists like Hitler and Donald Trump incite and organize violence by dehumanizing groups and thus, making them merely killable.
12. Biologically speaking, all Homo sapiens are in the same “human” species. Politically speaking, we are not.
13. The category of the human is subject to historical and political forces, in the exact same way that the changing boundaries of nation-states are the products of historical and political forces.
14. “Sovereignty” is a word for momentary forms of species affiliation.
15. Sovereignty is an incitement to kill the Other.
16. Whether or not fascists should be considered human is an open question.
17. That fascists must be opposed is without arguing. Whether or not this opposition must be based on dehumanization is an open question.
18. Solidarity is not the same as sovereignty.
19. Dehumanization is a filthy trick meant to prevent solidarity among the oppressed.
20. It is a historical tragedy that likening people to animals has long meant making them merely killable.
21. Fascists and colonists are worse than animals, not least because animals are never in charge on whether or not they are, in fact, animals. Fascists, however, are always in charge on whether or not they are fascists.
22. Only fascists can consent to fascism.