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What is Rhetoric? (Take 1)
November 18, 2017 07:08 PM PST
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What is Rhetoric? (Take 1)
November 18, 2017 06:36 PM PST

I keep trying to define rhetoric, to make sense of its mode of making sense. Rhetoric, I claim, is the theory and practice of making sense of life as part of life. Its purview, then, is the very interaction between things. That's a couple of heady sentences, I know. Perhaps my rambling will help.

Reading the Way of Spaces
June 27, 2017 07:47 PM PDT

How do different spaces distribute bodies? What things are asked of us? What energy is necessary to find our ease in a bar, a restaurant, a park, a clothing-optional spa?

This is where power, place, and identity intersect in a collaborative event of creation.

Discussed: Foucault, drinking alone, classrooms, city parks, naked hot springs (well, the hot springs aren't naked, the people are).

On Solitude: Balancing the Human & Inhuman
December 27, 2016 07:40 PM PST

This is a more personal podcast in which I try to reckon the romance of the solitary man — focusing on Kierkegaard's reading of Abraham and Issac in "Fear and Trembling" — with the very real tugs the human social — affection, grief, kindness.

I begin by talking about how this jew spends his Christmas....

Reading the Way of The Way
December 19, 2016 07:21 PM PST

This is the second part of a series in which I read the title of my new book, Reading the Way of Things. In this episode, I focus on how the phrase "The Way" functions.

A way is an action, a trajectory, a mode of going. It is limited and yet emergent and infinite.

I discuss Hagakure: The Way of the Samurai; the relationship between the infinite and the limit with reference to the calculus; the reality TV cooking show, Chopped; Epictetus, the great stoic; Deleuze's notion of the one as many. And more!

Reading Reading
December 14, 2016 08:43 PM PST

I discuss why use the word "reading" in the title of my book (Reading the Way of Things). I reference the implications for writing and teaching writing; Deleuze's readings of things; the pleasure and power of reading as distinct from what we consider literacy.

May 13, 2016 03:36 PM PDT

As far as I can tell, everything is multiple — which shifts the demands of life. For if everything is in fact multiple, how do we articulate it? How do we seek it? Amplify it? The will to multiplicity is different than the will to the definitive; this will can be found in irony, in humor, in Monty Python, Louis CK, Clarice Lispector, Derrida, Deleuze & Guattari.

The Technology of Sense
May 10, 2016 11:16 AM PDT

(Thoughts on my soon to be released book on Zero Books)

Before we're even born, we are taught how to process the world. After all, we are prefigured in the womb as a baby soon to arrive as a child, as male or female, as having a name and parents. Which is to say, we come to this world already enmeshed in elaborate cultural institutions, discourses, and ways of operating. There is no such thing as a clean slate, no immaculate birth. We are born somewhere, as something, a cog within a m

This mode of processing is institutionalized in school as well as in the media. But this mode is not neutral or natural. It entails a a certain architecture of relations between people, concepts, and knowledge.

Mentioned here: Geometry, Foucault, Bergson, viewing art, being creative, new ways of making sense, and more!

The Worldly Experience of Thought
April 24, 2016 11:03 AM PDT

The Relationshop Between Theory & Art
April 18, 2016 07:41 PM PDT

Theory doesn't explain art; theory is art.

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