May was a month of many intersections.
I've always enjoyed reading in the margins, in the footnotes, and in the spaces in-between. I find that it's often in the references and in the unexpected links, in the chasing down of connections, that I discover an author's true voice, a books real, digestible import.
I'd equate the reading-experience to attempting to invent alongside the author, almost co-creating through an intense, contextual exercise. Perhaps this is giving way too much credit to the reader, but by trying to immerse yourself into the author's modes of thought, we sometimes can start to feel the text resonate, and feel the way we imagine it was being written.
Although, I must confess, I think it's equally important to keep in mind what Foucault has to say about references. Namely, that an author only ever writes about another author or text or topic, when there's really nothing left to say. This insight has lived with me for many years, as a constant reminder, or clue, to what might really be going on.
There was something special about how my readings this month started to reverberate across a common thematic, one that is still percolating and slowly emerging. It all started with a reading of Bernard Steigler's The Neganthropocene, which I felt inspired to write about here.
The Government of Desire: A Genealogy of the Liberal Subject, by Miguel de Beistegui is a beautifully researched and necessary book. (Tangent: I deeply enjoyed this interview with Miguel de Beistegui.)
Below is a list of other titles that I enjoyed, whether revisiting or discovering for the first time.
- The Tree by John Fowles
- Hope in the Dark by Rebecca Solnit
- The Negathropcene by Bernard Steigler
- The Nature of Technology by W. Brian Arther
- Technically Together by Taylor Dotson
- Philosophy as a Way of Life by Pierre Hadot.
May was an uneventful month for movies. We watched a fair amount of films, but nothing really sticks out as particularly insightful or even cinematic. Maybe Anon?
One observation that struck a chord was this: as early as three months ago when we wanted to watch something good, we'd invariably flip to iTunes and purchase a title. Now we head to Netflix and see what's new.
David Letterman with Tina Fey
I Feel Pretty
The Bureau of Humanity
Ana Wong Netflix