A podcast oriented around the work of Slavoj Žižek
Today we're discussing Zizek's 2005 book "Interrogating the Real", and his afterword on Lacanian ethics.
What does not giving way relative to one's own desire mean? How does Lacan's maxim on desire contrast with Buddhism, and its conception of desire?
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We've got ongoing book and film-clubs, and our upcoming reading series with Matt Flisfeder on Žižek's "For They Know Not What They Do", beginning in October.
PREVIEW - Surplus Enjoyment
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Today we're talking about Žižek's new book "Surplus-Enjoyment: A Guide For The Non-Perplexed", as well as an essay by him on the same topic. We touch on political correctness, surplus value, and the obscene drive of football. Enjoy!
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The Capitalist Gaze
This week we discuss friend of the podcast Todd McGowan's 2013 essay, The Capitalist Gaze.
As Todd explains it, "Although the structure of capitalism is not homologous with the structure of the visual field, thinking about capitalism in terms of the gaze follows from the apparent neutrality that both structures share".
Peter has lost a finger, Michael is sick and Will cannot remember The Usual Suspects.
Take a break, have a Kit-Kat and find the essay here:
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PREVIEW - Content on Form
On this week's patron ep, we talk the relation between form and content. Zizek suggests that, "the very gap between content and form is to be reflected back into the content itself, as an indication that the content is not all, that something was repressed/excluded from it". For Zizek, both form and content are incomplete; form itself becomes part of its content.
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This week, the fellas talk through Žižek's 2002 essay, 'The Actuality of Ayn Rand'. For Žižek, Rand's over-orthodoxy to the capitalist ideal (unintentionally) undermines the ruling ideological edifice. Will has a haircut, Peter has a t-shirt, and Michael's roof is leaking. Subscribe to our Patreon for more content!
PREVIEW - Did Somebody Say Melancholy?
The fellas are back, working through Zizek's writing on the Freudian concept of melancholy in his 2001 work, 'Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism?'. The conversation orients around the melancholic as an expression of postmodern ideology, the function of objet petit a as a lost object, and where melancholy as a political orientation finds its limits. This patron ep is a bit short, but cut us some slack, Peter is baking in the sun on some farm. Enjoy!
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Would love to hear you talk about Freud’s “Totem and Taboo”
You’d have a field day with it!
I still don’t understand Zizek
Locking away half the eps is lame. I suppose the fact that I dislike that indicates that I care about the pod enough that I ought to support them on patreon, though.