- Empty Your Venmo (slideshow presentation here)
- “MUTUAL AID NOW: Building Collective Care” webinar
- Freedom Fighters DC
- Advocates for Youth
- “Google Docs and Synced Calendars Are A Key Part Of Lincoln and Amirio’s Modern Relationship” Bumble profile
Join Rachel, Emily, and B as they delve into Maggie Nelson‘s memoir The Argonauts. As they discuss the power of the memoir genre as a tool for thinking critically about social life, they explore its political potential. How can the memoir, like poetry and other ‘forms’ of writing, allow for the kinds of destabilizing ‘epistemic unruliness’ that familiar forms of academic discourses disallow? If the memoir is thinking, and thinking-politically, what kinds of everyday experiences can be politicized and theorized? Listen as they consider Nelson’s contemplations of the queerness of pregnancy; the function and status of canonical philosophers in the memoir; and the general problem/inadequacy of words.
Thanks to listener @angellemke for suggesting The Argonauts. Requests for texts for us to discuss? Dreams for us to interpret? Advice questions for us to answer? Email us at alwaysalreadypodcast AT gmail DOT com. Subscribe on iTunes. Follow us on Twitter. Like our Facebook page. Get the mp3 of the episode here. RSS feed here. Thanks to Leah Dion and to B for the music.
- Maggie Nelson at CalArts and Wave Books
- The Argonauts at Graywolf Press
- Reviews of The Argonauts at the NY Times, NPR, and Salon
- “Writing as Performance: An Interview with Maggie Nelson”, a video from Superstition Review
- Catherine Opie exhibit archive at the Guggenheim
- What are Argonauts, you ask? PBS has an answer.
Welcome back Rachel to the podcast by joining us for our reading of Walter Benjamin’s theses on The Concept of History. Moved by our joint out loud reading at the start and end of the podcast, Rachel, John, and B explore the ways that history, for Benjamin, has become a tool of conquerors–a condition that only historical materialism has the ability to articulate. Yet, can historical materialism become an orthodoxy, homogenizing the past it wishes to liberate? And what other kinds of orthodoxies, ways of reading, and disciplinary attitudes foreclose desubjugating the knowledge of history? In the process of thinking through these and other questions, we explore themes and concepts of messianism, temporality, teleology, agency, class struggle, fragmentation and wholeness, redemption, and more; we also touch on queer temporality, Adorno, Foucault, Levinas, Kathi Weeks, and Lukács.
Of course, Our Tumblr Friend from Canada has plenty of questions, and a cameo from Sid Issar, featuring advice on: a pesky roommate tension; how NOT to reproduce power in the pronunciation of proper names; and how being powerful is not, in itself, always already problematic.
Requests for texts for us to discuss? Advice questions for the show? Email us at alwaysalreadypodcast AT gmail DOT com. Subscribe on iTunes. Like our Facebook page. Get the mp3 of the episode here. RSS feed here. This episode’s music by B and by Jordan Cass.
- “On the Concept of History” and “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” at marxists.org
- Walter Benjamin biography at the European Graduate School
- Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy comprehensive entry on Benjamin
- Susan Buck-Morss’s book on Benjamin and the Arcades project, Dialectics of Seeing; explore multiple Benjamin-inspired visual constellations at her website
- Write up on Radio Benjamin (Verso, 2014) at The Guardian
- Alex Ross in The New Yorker on Benjamin, Adorno, their correspondences, and critique of pop culture