Upstairs downstairs

This morning I was walking down the stairs when I walked past a man from my building who was coughing and wheezing and generally having a terrible time with his lungs. The man looked up at me and said he had wrecked his lungs with all the smoking over the years, and now he couldn’t take…

The unbearable feeling of caring

The excellent Eddy Rathke responded to my previous post, “What if you’re responsible for everything?”, on his own blog: “A response to the responsibility of everything.” I would like to return the compliment. In my last post, I challenged you!!!, the person reading these words, to try seeing the world as though everyone were equally to…

What if you’re responsible for everything?

In light of the obvious and inevitable backlash against satirical-magazine-turned-bunch-of-martyrs-turned-opportunity-for-rampant-collective-narcissism Charlie Hebdo, I offer up the following trivial — but oddly irritating — provocation: What would it be like to live knowing that we are totally responsible for absolutely everything that happens in the world at all times? No exceptions, no excellent and perfectly valid reasons…

What is the master’s discourse in Lacan?

My old posts about Lacan are still the most popular on this site, rough and amateurish as they are. It occurs to me now that there’s no reason not to include even more resources for those who take to the internet for help understanding Lacan’s work. I’m not over this stuff. It’s deep in my…

With luck, with time, you go from holding the world hostage until your expectations are met to siding with the world against your own expectations. Everything hurts until it doesn’t. Remembering this ten thousand times a day could be all the practice that’s needed.