Before you head out to download the file, I want to quickly invoke the opening line of Philip Reeve’s Mortal Engines — It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea. Do You Log in Here Often? Judging by the flames the answer is yes. This is known as ‘love smoke’. Dragons of the middle ages suffered from the ‘love smoke’ dilemma. I mean, “Insofar as the Big Bang contradicted Engels’s declaration that the universe must be infinite in space and time, Fang’s paper was tantamount to heresy.” (Police officers themselves never show superhuman strength, even when they’re agitated by adrenalin in struggle; they show fortitude and tenacity – at least when they don’t cut matters short by shooting.) From the perspective of the police, resisting arrest is necessarily irrational: they perceive irrational people as resisters, even if that isn’t their intention, and resisters as definitionally crazed. OK. And “thirty-three moons & vast flaming suns / / ‘but never a cast shadow’.” In this sense, Buddhist prayer wheels are not exactly identical to sitcom laugh tracks, but they operate on the same principle. Both acknowledge that the world is always already in (affective-semiotic) motion, and that we, moving beings, are affected on a preconscious level by the in-motionness that is always at work around us. I’m wearing a perfume today (Amouage Opus VI from the Library Collection - of course!) that “draws its inspiration from the nature of memory and romantic love – the power of erasing, destroying and re-inventing unwanted and painful memories.” Right up there with writing wine reviews (“Under the distinctive note of clove-studded orange, a trace of the 30-million-year-old meteor that created the basin which now cradles this lush vineyard and imbues the terroir with a sparkle like fossilized champagne creeps up from the back of tongue”) or obituaries.
[Note: Sources: Alexander Trevi, “Very Large Structure”, at Pruned, 11 Dec 012; “Erik Stinson – Do You Log in Here Often?”, at Beach Sloth, 9 Dec 012; JBR; New York Times obituary for Fang Lizhi, as quoted in Timothy Morton, “Some Other Ideas Not in Line with Dialectical Reason”, at Ecology without Nature, 11 Dec 012; Rei Terada, as quoted in “the list of symptoms really reads: resisting arrest, resisting arrest, resisting arrest, resisting arrest”, at The New Inquiry, 11 Dec 012; JBR; Ronald Johnson, “Four Orphic Poems”, as quoted in John Latta, “Notebook (Ronald Johnson, Walt Whitman, &c)”, at Isola di Rifiuti, 11 Dec 012; Adrian J Ivakhiv, “Zizek v. Buddhism: who’s the subject?”, at immanence, 11 Dec 012 (“With its mantras, prayer wheels, and other habit-forming practices, Buddhism attempts to shift that motion into a movement toward liberation. Sitcom laugh tracks, on the other hand, attempt to shift that motion into laughter and distraction. Each pursues a different goal. If Zizek dislikes both equally, it is because he values willful subjectivity — the kind that speaks “I” into the void of its own creation — at the expense of the affective but subjectless subjectivity that a more processual (and process-relational) ontology would ascribe to humans and to the world.”); Anne Gorrick, FB post, 11 Dec 012; Lorna Smedman, FB comment, 11 Dec 012]