Monday, January 26, 2009



From the NY Times on bonobos and female arousal:

"She found footage of bonobos, a species of ape, as they mated, and then, because the accompanying sounds were dull — “bonobos don’t seem to make much noise in sex,” she told me, “though the females give a kind of pleasure grin and make chirpy sounds” — she dubbed in some animated chimpanzee hooting and screeching. She showed the short movie to men and women, straight and gay."

(from the same article)

"These researchers and clinicians are consumed by the sexual problem Sigmund Freud posed to one of his female disciples almost a century ago: “The great question that has never been answered and which I have not yet been able to answer, despite my 30 years of research into the feminine soul, is, What does a woman want?”"

Saturday, January 17, 2009



From the Institute.



From my main blog, Socialism and/or Barbarism.

X avec Y

This will be a collective blog, where I'll post whatever is sent to me.

The point here is a compendium of X avec Y couples, departing from Lacan's "Kant Avec Sade," in which y is the "truth of" x. Or, as I prefer it, the symptom that reveals the full extension of the logic of x which x itself is incapable of bearing out. Here's Žižek's take on this.

What is the point of this collection? Because I find this formulation - or thought-form, if we like - capable of being at once quite funny and quite productive. The work of odd coupling thinks linkages, unholy ones if done correctly, that track out histories and lineages we might miss otherwise.

Send me your pairings, and they will appear here.