The best tragedies are really comedies. City Lights is just one of those masterpieces. It is a statement on love, on cinema, and on life in general. I will not provide a summary. If you want, you can find it on the internet. Here are some analysis. This is our predicament. All too often, when … Continue reading City Lights, A Review
This year will probably be the most stressful year of my school life. I am applying to University this November. There are still 3 months but I am frankly already worn out. I frankly just want to do what I love (reading Literature, writing, doing contemporary continental stuff), but instead I have to do what … Continue reading David Foster Wallace—Choose Your Desires Wisely!
It is a practice of Glenn Gould's to not play for a few weeks before a recording. It makes it much better (at least, that is what he believes). Recently I had the uncanny experience of playing the piano after a week of abstention and feeling it flow better than before (the specific piece is … Continue reading Theorizing the Negative
Mutual recognition, as a Hegelian term, has been misunderstood greatly. It is not something great, it is not static, but it is precisely in mutual recognition that differences emerge. Fight Club revolves around recognition. The first scene with Bob and the narrator hugging together exposes already the hidden inauthenticity in recognition—the two parties are recognizing … Continue reading Fight Club & Mutual Recognition
"Fixation", from Freud, is the constant desiring of something beyond reasonable limit. It is something that persists from when one is a child to when one is an adult. What we are fixated on is the object of fantasy, an object that promises fulfillment when we attain it. We crave fulfillment because we, so long … Continue reading Intervention of the Real (What is Fantasy? From a Psychoanalytic perspective)
For Hegel, consciousness craves recognition. I want to be recognized by others for who I am. This is a tricky concept, since to figure out recognition we have to know what is the I, the self, that is being recognized. The self is not: Just the thing that we refer to when we say 'I'. … Continue reading Consciousness’ Mutual Recognition in Confession (Hegel&Žižek)