Žižek on OOO. The core of object-oriented-ontology (ooo) developed by Levi Bryant1 can be summed up by the formula from subject back to substance.
And, in so far as subject is correlative with modernity (recall Lacan’s thesis about the Cartesian subject as the subject of modern science), we can also say that ooo follows the premise rendered by the title of Bruno Latour’s famous book, We Were Never Modern—it endeavors to bring back the premodern enchantment of the world. The Lacanian answer to this should be a paraphrase of his correction of the formula “god is dead” (god was always already dead, he just didn’t know it): we were always already modern (we just didn’t know it). We must show why thought, far from experiencing its intrinsic limits through facticity, experiences rather its knowledge of the absolute through facticity. [N]o object ever actualizes the subterranean volcanic core with which its virtual proper being is haunted.
Notes. The Three Suns. Al Nevins, guitar (Born Albert Tepper 1915, Washington, DC; Died 25 January 1965, New York City, NY) Morty Nevins, accordion (Born Morton Tepper 26 May 1917, Washington, DC; Died 20 July 1990, Beverly Hills, California) Artie Dunn, organ (Born 14 March 1922, Dorchester, Massachussetts; Died 15 January 1996, Palm Springs, California) Reputed to be Mamie Eisenhower's favorite group, the Three Suns are the leading small group in exotica.
Brothers Al and Morty grew up in Brooklyn, where they joined with their cousin, Artie Dunn, as a trio, Al switching from violin to guitar to pick up more gigs. After a year or two working around New York City, they got their first serious show at the Adelphia Hotel in Philadelphia in 1939 and then moved on the Circus lounge of the Hotel Picadilly in New York in 1940, where a two-week engagement turned into a seven-year stay. The Three Suns were a concept as much as a group, since Al Nevins dropped and added players to suit the material. Recordings New CDs. The Time of the Seedbearers. Myths, according to the philosopher Sallust, are things that never happened but always are.
With a few modifications, the same rule applies to the enduring narratives of every culture, the stories that find a new audience in every generation as long as their parent cultures last. Stories of that stature don’t need to chronicle events that actually took place to have something profoundly relevant to say, and the heroic quest I used last week to frame a satire on the embarrassingly unheroic behavior of many of industrial civilization’s more privileged inmates is no exception to that rule. That’s true of hero tales generally, of course. The thegns and ceorls who sat spellbound in an Anglo-Saxon meadhall while a scop chanted the deeds of Beowulf to the sound of a six-stringed lyre didn’t have to face the prospect of wrestling with cannibalistic ogres or battling fire-breathing dragons, and were doubtless well aware of that fact. I can sympathize with their desire. Fearing poem: green light. All things are possible : Shestov, Lev, 1866-1938.
To the ecotopians. Thirty-five years later, it was still on my bookshelf in a little section on utopias (as well it should have been, being a modern classic).
A friend had written his name inside the cover and even dated it: August 1976, the month I returned to New York City from years of R&R on the West Coast. Whether I borrowed it and never returned it or he gave it to me neither of us now remembers, but Ecotopia, the visionary novel 25 publishers rejected before Ernest Callenbach published it himself in 1975, was still there ready to be read again a lifetime later. Callenbach once called that book “my bet with the future,” and in publishing terms it would prove a pure winner. To date it has sold nearly a million copies and been translated into many languages.
On second look, it proved to be a book not only ahead of its time but (sadly) of ours as well. Callenbach would have appreciated that. Callenbach’s imagination was prodigious. But let us begin with last things first, for a change. Liber juratus online. The Elephant Art Gallery - Authentic Paintings by Elephants. Repair manifesto.
Liber juratus. Speculative realism links. Chess.