Molotov in the Form of a Prayer for Grad Students: Or, The World Is Over, I Must Write This Seminar Paper

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.

Undead Authors // Deuteronomy

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

A Land Without a People // Numbers

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

One for Azazel // Leviticus

…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

Before the Law // Exodus

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

A Critical Theory of Everything // Genesis 1

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