The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

February 10, 2010


The Curious

movement of philosophies; while existentialism is the philosophy of abject
substance, deconstruction is the thought of the virtual/cyber frame. The
former disappeared as an extractive industry with faltering natural
resources; the latter expanded as a software of the text.

I used to love existentialism when I was a kid, but now my references are
limited to the following, across the broken trajectory of writing for the
past couple of decades (culling 'existentialism' from the Internet Text):

"of Godard or the avant-garde has given way to a now empty existentialism
[... 8 lines removed ...}
Introduction to Heideggerian Existentialism/Exoteric Teaching/The Dialog"

There were a meager ten lines out of the entire Internet Text (which func-
tions as a psychoanalytical trope in this instance) - even though one of
the major strands of the work is that of abjection/annihilation; even the
vocabulary of the 'hole' is analyzed in detail.

On the other hand, references to deconstruction are too numerous to list
or analyze; it appears everywhere in the work. It's as if there's a
replacement philosophy for every philosophy, a replacement philosopher for
every philosopher. Deconstruction appears, ends up appearing as a radical
(non)-methodology for inhabiting often contrary subtexts - and this occurs
popularly in one of two ways: deconstruction proper, involving extremely
close readings and erudition; and a form of skittering deconstruction,
within which the (Web or) frame scratches against the boundaries of genre
or canon. It's this latter which appeals: a text need not be read, but
situated, and the situating carries the tags and http of analysis. In this
sense, deconstruction presences the virtual text. This isn't the decon of
Derrida, but the word and technology has escaped the proper name. So there
is a decon of Chaucer, a decon of Obama, a decon of global warming. We
inhabit this era. We participate in it. The Internet Text participates in
it and perhaps an unfortunate result is a glibness of depth which itself
is subtextual, always already present and deeply unaccounted for.

In any case, with existentialism, with decon, there's no advance proper;
at best there are veerings haunted by media, world pictures, language
games, and romantic aspirations. Science, as if it were elsewise, proceeds
apace, however, a form of circumlocution, as if always already present as
well, and deeply accounted for.

The results of culling 'deconstruction' from the Internet Text:

"                             deconstruction,
[... 200 lines removed ...]
||f|r|a|m|e|-|s|h|u(etc.)ffling|| :: matrix-deconstruction"

- framed, as one might expect, by _a diacritical paragon._

The Churn: supine body in supine body inversion

distance in inscription is problematic
our secret: the inversion of the body is the body
abjection: body supple or supine
introjection: supine body in supine body inversion
perhaps one among us has swallowed world word and symbol

The Churn: vanquished:evanescent:vanishing:inscription-being with sexual
organs of copula, grasp, serrated edges, membranes, entanglement:that
functions well within the paradigm:966:3:problematic of existentialism in
relation to body paralleling deconstruction as transitive in relation to
virtual body:inscription-being with sexual organs of copula, grasp,
serrated edges, membranes, entanglement:evanescent

Let body:inscription-being with sexual organs of copula, grasp, serrated
be our primary descriptor! within the paradigm:966:3:problematic of
existentialism in relation to makes me wet 14929 times!

:body:inscription-being with sexual organs of copula, grasp, serrated
:edges, membranes, entanglement:evanescent::within the
paradigm:966:3:problematic of existentialism in relation to :copula,
grasp, serrated edges, membranes, entanglement:that functions well
:27483:7:vanquished:evanescent:vanishing:inscription-being with sexual
organs of :within the paradigm:966:3:problematic of existentialism in
relation to :body:inscription-being with sexual organs of copula, grasp,
serrated

distance in inscription is problematic
our secret: the inversion of the body is the body
abjection: body supple or supine
introjection: supine body in supine body inversion
perhaps one among us has swallowed world word and symbol

Hold on right there!
One second!
Hi! What's your name?
Well, distance in inscription is problematic, let's get started! Let's
make a gender! That ok with you?

Oh well, let's get going! If you really want to do this I mean -
Let introjection: supine body in supine body inversion be our primary
descriptor! abjection: body supple or supine makes me wet 14862 times!
Well, abjection: body supple or supine already constructs soft trouble for
us, subverting the categories we take for granted.
Beyond the surface, abjection: body supple or supine is 14862, contrary,
our secret: the inversion of the body is the body?
But what is introjection: supine body in supine body inversion here, its
category?
Do you feel your gender is close to abjection: body supple or supine?
In any case, you must contact me about this...
I think abjection: body supple or supine 12926 is dubious, overly
complicated...
And it has taken you just 2.433 minutes to make a gender!

vanquished:evanescent:vanishing:inscription-being with sexual organs of
copula, grasp, serrated edges, membranes, entanglement:that functions well
within the paradigm:966:3:problematic of existentialism in relation to
body paralleling deconstruction as transitive in relation to virtual
body:inscription-being with sexual organs of copula, grasp, serrated
edges, membranes, entanglement:evanescent

body paralleling deconstruction as transitive in relation to virtual
:body:inscription-being with sexual organs of copula, grasp, serrated
:edges, membranes, entanglement:evanescent::within the
paradigm:966:3:problematic of existentialism in relation to :copula,
grasp, serrated edges, membranes, entanglement:that functions well
:27483:7:vanquished:evanescent:vanishing:inscription-being with sexual
organs of :within the paradigm:966:3:problematic of existentialism in
relation to :body:inscription-being with sexual organs of copula, grasp,
serrated

introjection: supine body in supine body inversion:abjection: body supple
or supine:our secret: the inversion of the body is the
body:12255:6:distance in inscription is problematic:abjection: body supple
or supine:introjection: supine body in supine body inversion

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