“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Saturday, January 21, 2023

A Theory of Drama: ANOTHER Book!

 A month or so ago Routledge asked me if I'd like to write a book for them, in a theory series. A few weeks ago I said yes, but can I just send you some writing rather than a proposal? I don't do proposals. Luckily I'm at a point where I don't have to do them, either. 

I hate them. They've never worked. Chat GPT might do them for me better than I could possibly do, because I just don't know what I'm going to say before I say it, especially at this point, after twenty five or so books where allowing your unconscious mind a wide berth is the whole deal. 

I hate fellowship applications and book proposals. I've hardly ever been given a fellowship, because I just don't know how to say what I want to say on those damn forms. 

But I do know how to write and last night I wrote the whole thing in a thirty-page scope. 

It's a theory of drama. Why, you ask, would an eco philosopher have one? Why indeed...it is indeed an ecological theory of drama. 

I'm really really happy with it. 

Hyperobjects Is...

 ...just about to hit 4000 scholarly citations. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

There It Is: The Ultra Right Is Still Obsessed with Ecological Politics

 This guy persuaded a poor lad to sail on a boat from Hawaii to the south Pacific where there was less covid, he said. I'm reading about it on CNN. They're lost at sea. 

CNN reproduced some screenshots of his videos, and on the far left you can see "Agenda 21 injections." Injecting people with Agenda 21? Agenda 21 as an injection? 

The covid shot was seen as the mark of the Beast. 

What is Agenda 21? It's section 21 of the Biodiversity document produced in Rio in 1992, the Earth Summit. America didn't sign on, even. All that paragraph says is, nations should cooperate to promote biodiversity. 

The extreme right takes this to mean that a world government of bla bla insert-antisemitic-trope-here will keep the Aryan race from thriving. 

Almost every extreme right organization in the USA has a genealogy that can be traced back to hostility to Agenda 21. 

George I's America didn't sign on to the document--but you see how not signing on actually fueled the ultra right conspiracy theory? That America was going to be overrun/defeated/etc?

If you're interested I cover this in Humankind

There's more than you'll read on CNN. Why did this bastard think of sailing to the Pacific islands? He assumed they wouldn't mandate the covid shot. Why? 

I believe what Derrida liked the most about my first book, Shelley and the Revolution in Taste, was how it discusses the Pacific islanders in the racist imaginary of Europe, how they were seen as embodying the template of the perfect human, an amalgam of Adam and Apollo, Eve and the Venus de Medicis. In other words, discovering whiteness in the pacific, as if to vindicate white supremacy. 

The "guru" jerk who did this to actual human beings was most definitely intoxicated with this, I claim. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

2001 Is a Black Comedy and It Fooled You Because Acid

 Clue 1: It's a Kubrick film and it has the military in it. 

Clue 2: There's an interminable intermission featuring a blank cinema screen. 

Clue 3: The monolith is a blank cinema screen on its side. 

Clue 4: Dave's reaction shots in the Stargate are almost identical to Scotty freaking about women in Vertigo

Clue 4a: There's a sperm and an egg in that sequence. 

Clue 5: Everyone ends up in a gigantic version of the bone, which tries to kill them for being inefficient. 

Clue 6: Hyperspace is Versailles. 

Clue 7: Acid heads get upset when you say this. 

Clue 8: The climax of human evolution is a gigantic baby. 

Clue 9: The thing that kills a warthog turns directly into a waltzing space shuttle. 

There are many other clues. 

Hell: Another Book

 ...along with The Stuff of Life, I'm working on quite a different kind of book. Different, I mean, from every other one I've published. I really didn't know for whom I was writing it, which is a first, and come to think of it, I really didn't know what I was writing either! 

This isn't showing off. I write like I sneeze. Often I've had a thought just before I type it. Occasionally I've had thoughts simultaneous with typing them. 

But a lot of this book, I kid you not, was typed before I thought the idea. I know people describe writing as a form of reading (I do), but this was ridiculous. Like reading someone else. 

It's a book I've written "with" William Blake. "About" seemed wrong. I've been trying to write a "Blake book" since I was nineteen. it took me until last year to figure out that "about" wouldn't work. How could I sit in judgment, however slight, over Blake? Or, how could I write a book filled with the verbal equivalent of arrows: "Now check out this line, it's totally rad!" 

Besides, this is a book about the underworld. OOO believes that everything has an underworld. Having an underworld, come to think of it, is a prerequisite to existing at all. 

Underworlds require a guide. It's true in Homer, Virgil, Dante, Milton and Blake himself. And any number of religious traditions such as the rolog tradition in Tibet, where people give accounts of near-death experiences. 

And I have a companion too: Laura Mvula, my absolutely very very favorite contemporary lyricist and singer. Much analysis of her work in here. 

It's called Hell: How to Dance with the Devil on Your Back

Race is a foundational topic. Race and ecology. 

Columbia University Press love it, in fact they loved on it harder than anyone on anything else I've ever done. 

They say that among many other things, it's actual theology. (!!!!!) They're going to promote it in all kinds of religious fora along with the regular ones. 

Yeah, this is my Fragile Absolute

Expect more and more on this. I'm really really into it. 

The subtitle is from: 

Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Propaganda for the Planet (podcast)

 Briahna Joy Gray's Bad Faith Podcast had me on for a really deep talk. She was very good. You'll see: 

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Sorry Christine

 Christine Skolnick, I'm very sorry I accidentally deleted a comment! Can you send it again? 

Patreon Fired Up

 Hi--if you haven't already, why not try joining my Patreon for as little as $1 per month? There are now 89 podcast episodes and a number of other features you can check out. I'm considering adding a phone in session once a month or every two months so you can talk with me directly. There are about 300 of us and we make a good and inspiring group. Just search for me on Patreon, you'll find me. 

Sunday, January 1, 2023

Coming Soon

 The Stuff of Life. It's an OOO memoir. 

Happy New Year

 Favorite Sunday morning music.