Author Archives: Zegreus Moole

Infant Sex

‘when I hear the word culture, that’s when I reach for my revolver’ -Hanns Johst Let‘s begin by recalling an idea from psychoanalysis, that infant sex is at stake in culture. This term ‘infant sex’ refers to the rawest germs … Continue reading

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Developing Eric Santner

What follows are some proposals addressed to the readers of Eric Santner. This is a community of those drawn into the folds of his argument, and who are thereby affected with a new intellectual disposition. His discourse interpolates us into … Continue reading

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Pity the Ocean

Some colleagues around the office tend to seek my pity. They complain about their bitter plight as poor Chinese caught in the fetters of outrageous demographics, and ground by the gears of mindless institutions, and I’ve been struggling with how … Continue reading

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Leaky Empire

Belgian waffles are popular in China, but here in Jiangxi they are usually made with rice flour. So these waffles are only “Belgian” in their visible appearance, but not in their substance or taste. This disjunction is an allegory of … Continue reading

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Economics of the Future

What Money Wants: An Economy of Desire (2014) by Noam Yuran is an intriguing work on the philosophy of economics. What follows is one of my typically adventurous book reviews. This will attempt to situate the theory within a broader … Continue reading

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Cultural Education

‘from the perspective of difference, your liver and your gall bladder are like Chu (a country to the north) and Yue (a country to the south), but from the perspective of sameness, the ten thousand things are like one.’   … Continue reading

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Traversing Obstinacy

I’m reading a book called Civilization and Monsters (1999) by Gerald Figal, which is an ethnography of modernization in Meiji Japan (1860s-1930s). It focuses on the rhetoric of fantasy. There were intriguing debates in those days between folklorists and naturalists, … Continue reading

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