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The Predator and the Jokestersupervalentthoughttumblr_ozmrwkeOCZ1vnjnxno1_1280

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 19:59:49 +0000

Al Franken has said he’ll resign.  If so, he will be gone from the Senate not because he was a vicious predator but because there was a bad chemical reaction between his sexual immaturity, his just “having fun” with women’s bodies, and this moment of improvisatory boundary-drawing that likens the jokester to the predator. What’s […]

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Big Mansupervalentthought

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:26:20 +0000

Around Thanksgiving Tavia Nyong’o asked me to write about the Big Man for the Social Text blog and so I sat there wordlessly for awhile then wrote this about his Big Sovereign Electorate (BSE), then edited it, then felt its belatedness, then decided to follow my own principle, which is that you have to show […]

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Trump, or Political Emotionssupervalentthought

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 12:05:57 +0000

I wrote this column in case anyone’s going to be teaching the election this fall. *** Trump, or Political Emotions Dear America, if I read one more article about the Danger of Political Emotions in an election season, I might take my own life.  If I do that and fail, will the state bring me […]

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Time Outsupervalentthought

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:31:20 +0000

For the last 24 hours I’ve been unscheduled. I had taken a gig in Amsterdam scheduled right after the term so I could interrupt my habits of working, working out, professing, sleeping a little & waking up, opening the window so that the cat could smell the world and then sitting down at the desk […]

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This Week in Shakes (more Hundreds)supervalentthought

Tue, 10 Jun 2014 02:31:54 +0000

My friend Martha Howard asked me to post my experiment with shakes. I might post others.  There’s a lot of variety among them, as you can already see from the last few posts. ***** This Week in Shakes Monday The protein drink is a chalky substance diluted and well-enough flavored that a small store sample […]

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The Game (8 and 9)supervalentthought

Sat, 26 Oct 2013 17:06:46 +0000

A few posts ago I mentioned exploring experiments in observation and form, with Katie Stewart, in a project called The Hundreds.  Two of them have just been published in the experimental journal TAG.  You can download them there.  Here they are, for the record, though: and this way I can revise them as I refine […]

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The Game (7)supervalentthought

Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:48:31 +0000

The Hundreds: Method 2x The game is a form of life coming into being, extension, and activity, the blinking open at the start of the day and the beyond to anything that was explained.  If I run out of gas but not out of love, if you let a piece go without completion, if the […]

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The Game (6)supervalentthoughtpentecost 3 women

Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:34:06 +0000

Tit Variations (for Claire Pentecost) 1. Sketched on your wall, “Three women wearing the same pair of breasts” does time like a caveman artist relic. The various faces above the breasts bear yet withhold their statements. 2. Nakedness never fails to shock: the bared chest prompts a snap reaction and a quick shift up to […]

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The Game (5)supervalentthought

Thu, 30 May 2013 16:11:10 +0000

Try to forget. Not unintentional forgetting, but of a thing that insists on being in the flow of things. It could be the forgetting of a dream you can’t stop because you’re in it, or of a sense that the world is converging over there, on that other guy’s table. All of history did not […]

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