Tag: misogyny

the game is a foot

[i think there’s going to be a hiatus on this blog, or at least a drastic decrease in what was already a lax update schedule. Productivity in all areas of my life is slowing way down, my energy level is almost nil; it feels like my mental bandwidth has narrowed so much that i cant think straight on anything and yet everything i want to read and write about is logjamming somewhere behind my frontal lobes. Anyway, im just gonna ride this out and see if things get better.]


[CN: misogyny]

At this rate ill be getting through DFW’s three novels within nine months of each other, since the philosophy dept. book club plans to hit up THE PALE KING immediately after the JEST. How do i feel about this work? Not overwhelmed like with IJ, but certainly not underwhelmed, either. Just whelmed. It’s a romp. And it’s a dry run for a few ideas that show up again in the JEST, like the need to escape the System. There are at least three dimensions to this System to which this Broom belongs that i can identify: the family, technology, and language. But they are all mixed together in the novel, especially technology and people, human bodies — an important sub-plot involves the telephone lines getting messed up underneath the building Lenore works in because the temperature in the phone line tunnels has increased to that of a human body’s. The repairman goes on about the cable network being analogous to a nervous system.

These notes will include spoilers, but, you know, it’s Wallace. If folks come to this novel for the mystery they will be sorely disappointed, as you can see in the Goodreads reviews. It’s a shaggy story — the text ends mid-sentence, and the missing word is “word.” i read this for my philosophy elective class, which has a classmate who’s also part of the writing program, and she was dissatisfied with the novel until the ending saved it for her.



your (large, square) head asplode

INFINITE JEST pp. 399-502 (notes 156-208)


No activity on the blog this week. ive been chronically tired, that is exhausted, heavy head, foggy thinking, all the time regardless of how much i sleep or how well i eat. It happens pretty often. (It took a while to recognize this as one of the symptoms of depression since it’s not in the routine narrative.) Moreover, i actually dont have a lot to say about this reading set, even though it’s huge. i liked it quite a bit tho. Especially the brief history of advertising, involving some surreal and shocking art used to sell aspirin — these data dumps are my favorite strands by far. Forgive me if i just gloss over this section. i cant vigilantly address everything that happens all the time anyway.


read in september 2015

Trapped in detention, transgender immigrants face new traumas. 

Demonizing the Poor. [Jacobin]

Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline Report: A Native Perspective.

Me, Myself, and Hitler. [LA Review of Books]

Ahmed isn’t alone: Well-behaved minority boys more likely to be imprisoned than white troublemakers. [Washington Post]

Meet the Muslim students who have been harassed at school for less than a clock

An Odd Couple: Samuel Beckett & Buster Keaton

What the alternate Hugo ballot would likely have been

Feminine beauty trans women passing experience

Survivors of the 1980s AIDS crisis reveal what happened to them

infinite confessions

INFINITE JEST pp. 76-156 (notes 31-55)


This set of reading doles out various types of discourses, some funny scenes in the Tennis Academy, an absurd sort of dialog between two new characters, Marathe and Steeply, and a lot of gags, some of which are funny. There are math footnotes, essays, emails, normative scenes, but also shifts in tone that sometimes happen line by line. The novel has this literary personal that can go from one extreme register of high academic or bureaucratic sanitizing language, to another extreme of colloquialisms, sometimes in one sentence.

There are some patches of really great writing. There are other parts that i think are contemptible. This is a really dark book; its humor is pitch black. im only 14% in but the novel already has a great deal of violence which is given a cinematic treatment, that is, it’s the kind of violence you see in Tarantino or FARGO.

im not sure what the text is doing with the unseemly stuff that ill get into; are we supposed to be offended like those i-shouldnt-be-laughing-at-this “jokes” that are the trade of college liberal menz? Is the JEST an entertainment or an anti-entertainment?


battle of the sexes in 70s SF

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James Tiptree Jr.’s novelette “The Women Men Don’t See” has not gotten any less relevant or interesting since 1973 — at least that’s my impression.

Our narrator is some middle aged d00d who seems to work for the government. He has crashed with a Maya pilot and two plain women, mother and daughter. With the mother, Ruth Parson, he crosses the bay, a mangrove swamp, for freshwater. It’s a first-person present tense narration, even though he’s situated in the future recalling the narrative. It keeps the reader a little off-kilter, much like he is in this sweltering jungle, with an injury, and on painkillers. His descriptions of the plane, the weather, and the environment are precise — he understands everything around him except the women, naturally.


read in july 2015

bree newson
“I did it because I am free.”

Sam Keeper, Repent, Feminist!” said the Wiki Man (Or: Deface Wikipedia Today!) [sexism, transmisogyny, white supremacy]

Bryce Peake, “WP: THREATENING2MEN: Misogynist Infopolitics and the Hegemony of Asshole Consensus on English Wikipedia [sexism, misogyny]

Reagan Ali and S. Wooten, Baltimore Police Called Out For Making Up ‘Gang Violence’ Stories to Scare Public [cop violence, racism]


[Bloomberg] What Does Harper Lee Want?

Taylor Gordon, Telling Poor, Smart Kids That All It Takes Is Hard Work to Be as Successful as Their Wealthy Peers Is a Blatant Lie [classism]

Phoenix Singer, Marriage Equality, but Now What? Homonationalism and Jennicet Gutierrez in Marriage Politics [transmisogyny, racism, Gay Inc.]

Mehlab Jameel, Rainbows and Weddings: The Neoliberal and Imperialist Politics of LGBT Rights [white supremacy]

Banna Desta, Where Brooklyn At? The Rise of Gentrification and the Fall of Hip-Hop [classism, racism, urban colonization]

[The Atlantic] How One Law Banning Ethnic Studies Led to its Rise

Aragorn, Children of the new Earth: Deleuze, Guattari, and Anarchism

cartoon physics, curious chemical cartel

Evan Dara’s THE LOST SCRAPBOOK pp. 282-402


This post ended up two times bigger than planned in terms of coverage — the text’s leisurely pace turned into a sprint towards a set piece with an angry town hall meeting. It begins with another epistolary chunk involving Chomsky in the flesh, and ends with a wash of multiple voices from a probably-doomed town. 85% thru the novel and new themes about environmental degradation are launched, while the notions of corporatism, collectivity, and patterns/individuals develop further.