The Time Machine presents a case study in modern encounters with other worlds and how those encounters are interpreted by Western ways of knowing. In telling a story of time travel that relies on the craft of worldbuilding, this story also presents an archetype of a certain science-fictional gesture: worldbuilding as conquest through knowledge. In … Continue reading worldbuilding without fear // The Time Machine
A couple of friends and I whipped up a zine in protest of Penn State's intimate relationship with the Department of Defense and its money. Included is information about just what that relationship entails, such as research on torpedoes and "non-lethal weapons," of the sort used against protesters in the United States this summer. But … Continue reading Penn State and the War Machine
Terror lives on when it tells useful stories, when it offers repetitions that can prop up an empowered status quo... Christianity today is comfortable with terror, because it has made terror sentimental.
This is the document I produced back in April/May in lieu of doing a traditional seminar paper for one of my graduate courses. Typically these seminar papers will take the form of a 25 - 30-page draft of a publishable research article. Because of my own exasperation at the contradictions of professionalism/professionalization and the fact that I was approaching this project during the first wave of the COVID crisis in the United States (who knows what wave we're on now), I took a more experimental, unprofessional approach to this project.
We know that a text does not consist of a line of words, releasing a single “theological” meaning (the “message” of the Author-God), but is a space of many dimensions, in which are wedded and contested various kinds of writing, no one of which is original: the text is a tissue of citations, resulting from … Continue reading Undead Authors // Deuteronomy
Even if it is called the social nexus, link to the other in general, this fiduciary “link” would precede all determinate community, all positive religion, every onto-anthropo-theological horizon. It would link pure singularities prior to any social or political determination, prior to all intersubjectivity, prior even to the opposition between the sacred (or the holy) … Continue reading A Land Without a People // Numbers
…but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the LORD to make atonement over it, that it may be sent away into the wilderness to Azazel. Leviticus 16.10 Disgrace upon you, Azazel! For Abraham’s lot is in heaven, but yours is upon the earth. Because you have … Continue reading One for Azazel // Leviticus
The violence that [Walter] Benjamin defines as divine is instead situated in a zone in which it is no longer possible to distinguish between exception and rule. […] Divine violence shows the connection between the two violences [i.e. law-making and law-preserving]—and, even more, between violence and law—to be the single real content of law. … Continue reading Before the Law // Exodus
You shall not pollute the land in which you live; for blood pollutes the land, and no expiation can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it. Numbers 35.33 The tale spoke clearly: whatever brotherhood human beings may be … Continue reading A Trace of Blood // Genesis
In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was formless and void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters. Genesis 1.1-2 Here one may certainly admire man as a mighty genius of construction, who succeeds in … Continue reading A Critical Theory of Everything // Genesis 1