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The joyful Act

Posted by nivenkumar, 13 January 2009 - - - - - - · 4,096 views

I have become increasingly sceptical of action, of  acting . All action is action in re action. We are never alone. is there a possibility for a pure  action? The act for the act;s sake, for the joy of acting. Theoretically, there is such a thing. But the act, once executed, like a text, is sent forth into the collective, and like the text, is read, inter...


Questioning the Question

Posted by nivenkumar, 20 November 2008 - - - - - - · 90 views

What occurs when a question is unleashed into the world? What propels it? What does it seek? Does the question, or more precisely, the act  of questioning begin with the presumption that there is an answer, that there must be an answer? Must we question in order for a reply? Where does it look, the question, when it rears its earnest countenance? Does it...


Holderlin, the outside, and my insides

Posted by nivenkumar, 19 November 2008 - - - - - - · 148 views

Holderlin's poetry explores, in Foucault's words, "the shimmering absence of gods and pronounced the new law of obligation to wait, infinitely long no doubt, for the enigmatic succor of 'God's failing.' From the very outset, then, Holderlin waits for failure. At least his art, his writing, his desiring, is already the art, the writing, the desiring of fai...


Second life

Posted by nivenkumar, 17 November 2008 - - - - - - · 98 views

Our second life (http://secondlife.com ) is virtual. We project into the ether a Levinasian "otherwise than being." Money transactions are completed in order to 'live' in this world. It is like a Borgesian Aleph, an ecrits virtuelle . It is the plunging into the non-spatiality of our dreaming/desiring.  Second lives no longer confine the imagination, or e...


Death and Dying

Posted by nivenkumar, 13 November 2008 - - - - - - · 114 views

Note: I had intended to post all my blogs to this category :il n'ya pas de hors texte, but still haven't figured out yet how to transfer the six blogs that are uncategorised into this one.  If desiring is desiring because one fears the loss of desire(click here)  , then in the act of desiring there is already the spectre of death. She says : Do you know t...


Upon reading the last words of Makine's novel

Posted by nivenkumar, 12 November 2008 - - - - - - · 111 views

Andrei Makine: You know I shall have to go soon. But before leaving, I shall have enough time to tell you what is essential. The winter's day I can see and which one part of me is beginning to inhabit. A muted day, traversed by slowly eddying flakes. A time will come when everything is like that moment in winter. You will appear amid the snowbound sleep o...


darkness and light

Posted by nivenkumar, 11 November 2008 - - - - - - · 976 views

Desiring is always desiring in darkness, and away from the blinding glare of daylight. It is a secret ministry that can only execute its functions in absentia . Desiring says, I want that which belongs to me in the darkness of me, that which seeps through into the light, but which must begin from the darkness. This desiring is constantly battling what hap...


Writing

Posted by nivenkumar, 10 November 2008 - - - - - - · 111 views

To follow on from my previous blog entry: Derrida says: To write is not only to know that through writing, through the extremities of style, the best will not necessarily transpire, as Leibniz thought it did in divine creation, nor will the transition to what transpires always be willful, nor will that which is noted down always infinitely express the uni...


Desiring and turning away

Posted by nivenkumar, 08 November 2008 - - - - - - · 104 views

Derrida disagrees with Heidegger's summation that the measure of a Philosopher's life is that he was born, he thought, and he dies. But in an interview admits, that in heidegger's words, he finds something oddly familiar. He is only prepared to give his interviewers the mere 'facts' about the way he met his wife Marguerite.Elsewhere, he argues that one re...


the gorge has opened

Posted by nivenkumar, 07 November 2008 - - - - - - · 125 views

I was given a glimpse of its dark abyss today, when two school kids, 16 or 17, waved at me, puched the air with their fists, their faces soaked in excitement (Of what kind?) and shouted "Obama!".  What had they meant to say? And were they saying this to me? Why me? What has Obama turned me into?  Like the blog, this is new territory for me. The battle lin...