Julia Kristeva threatened my self-confidence

I tried reading Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia, and it was basically unreadable. I couldn’t do it. Before I stopped reading, I found certain male insecurities confirmed: One cannot overemphasize the tremendous psychic, intellectual, and affective effort a woman must make in order to find the other sex as erotic object.

Kundera and Cordova on eternal recurrence

Eternal recurrence is a thought-provoking idea. It provoked different reactions in Milan Kundera, a Czech novelist, and Viola Cordova, an Apache trained in Western philosophy. Here are some excerpts from the beginning of Kundera’s book, The Unbearable Lightness of Being: Putting it negatively, the myth of eternal return states that a life which disappears once…

Fanon, Lacan, and Racial Identification

Fanon was Lacanian Frantz Fanon was an anticolonial writer who died in 1961, probably best-known for praising violence. “Concerning Violence” is a great documentary about that aspect of his work. It’s less well-known that he was a Lacanian. Black Skin, White Masks has a long footnote that uses the mirror stage to discuss the identification…

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