Sunday, February 10, 2008

Books, Words, Memes

Baudrillard's Bastard tagged me in the following exercise:

1. Pick up the nearest book ( of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

The nearest book to me is Zizek's Lacan - The Silent Partners and the fifth sentence on p. 123 is all the way at the bottom since the page seems to be comprised of exactly five and a half long sentences.

"Although it is essentially mixed and equivocal, as we will see, this theory can be considered an important touchstone not only for Badiou's Theory of the Subject but even more so for his recent unpublished seminars on the same topic which are being reworked for Logic of Worlds -- not to forget Lacan's own theory of the four discourses which he begins to elaborate in his seminars right after May '68 , from The Obverse of Psychoanalysis until its last version in Encore: the master's discourse, the hysteric's discourse, the university discourse, and the analyst's discourse."

It's worth pointing out that this book is a reader that Zizek edited. So this quote is from an article that Bruno Bosteels wrote titled Alain Badiou's Theory of the Subject: The Recommencement of Dialectical Materialism. The thesis of Zizek's book as a whole is that Lacan had many theorists whom he held secret (or "silent") alliances with, such as Nietzsche, Kafka, and the student activists of May 1968.

This is the part where I select five others. How about,
  1. The Poet
  2. The Artist
  3. The Misanthrope
  4. The Fragmentalist
  5. The Citationist

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