Author Archives: Zegreus Moole

Passive Students

When Chinese teachers chastise their students for being “too passive”, there is much hypocrisy in this complaint.  The students are not responsible for their passivity, because it is enforced by schools that demands rote memorization. They are trained to recite … Continue reading

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Trauma of Possession

Spirit possession is when someone losses control of themselves, and their organs and even their thoughts come under the direction of external forces.  Anthropologists reserve this term for special cases where the phenomenon is recognized, and wouldn’t themselves insinuate that … Continue reading

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Market Ecstasis

The transactions of capitalism continue beyond the limits of knowledge into the uncertainty of the future and the opacity of distance. Our exposure to opaque markets – where our fate is subjected to the whims of unknown transactions – increases … Continue reading

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Some Aphorisms

Traffic The direction of Chinese script has been gradually Latinized until now it marches rightwards to Rome.  Though when given the chance, it still reverts to the old ways, descending vertically on wall-scrolls, and darting leftwards over tea houses and … Continue reading

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Financial Aesthetics

Capitalism is blind to an essential aspect of its own operations, and this blindness is an Achilles heel where the system is vulnerable to revolutionary transformation. It fails to adequately register its own objective, namely the accumulation of money, which … Continue reading

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Planetary Literature

Maurice Blanchot considered ‘literature’ as generic writing, meaning that it’s uncontained within genres.  Any writing might be literature, so long as reading becomes an unanchored, drifting experience of the sui generis where the faculties of sense are abandoned to their free play.  This is an experience where writing … Continue reading

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Chinese Recreation

I’m often pestered by students asking questions about my ‘free time’… they want to become involved in my life, so I can be their foreign friend. This fantasy is suggestive of how free time is coded economically. Obviously, leisure and entertainment are purportedly non-economic … Continue reading

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