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The Mainly Annual
EastWesterly Review/Postmodern Village
12th Annual Conference
“So You Guys DO Still Talk About Theory”
Perspectives: Segmented Biological Systems as Oppositional Text
by Jonathan Bunion Segal
If you think you’re Othered now, just try being a universal
term of contempt. Segal sets up a believable implied hierarchy
swinging from lay Darwinism to the Lay’s chip company’s
fight against the “pest” called the potato borer.
As much as we agreed, we were a bit put off by the take home
grow-your-own-parasite kits. Maybe the world isn’t ready
for infection as hobby.
Monkeyshit: Theory as Fecal Projectile
by Zaius C. Heston
We’d think it was mere sour grapes - if not a sour stomach
- but no one stuck around for the actual presentation after
the chimp went crazy with the olfactory examples, smashing the
panopticon in the process. Australian authorities were later
seen sealing off the area with red biohazard tape. But the chimp
and I enjoyed a great conversation that evening over cocktails
about opposition, empowerment, and evolution.
Gear: Haberdashery and the Ethos of Freud from Chaucer to D.H.
by Tammy O. Shanter
I’ll never look at a knit cap the same again. But that
10-gallon the president wears? Wonder what he’s covering
for . . .
the Collapse of the Collapse of the Collapse of Literature,
or How Both/And is Now Either/Or, or Vive La Differance
by Susan Sun-Day
Both celebration and funeral service, both lamentation and
crass media opportunity, the only thing missing was the great
theorist himself. The whole-wheat grammatology-puffs were to
Holmes and Gargoyles: Gothic Gardening as Lacanian Anti-Text
by Nigella Rathbuns
Rathbuns, [m]other of all things architecturally self, made
us all feel so loved we just wanted to get lost in the encompassing
matrix of her soothingly-voiced paper. The Bauhaus audio clip
brought us back and helped us keep abreast of this Hot Topic.
Back to Carthage: Retro as Hermeneutical Contiguity
by Lawrence Liverpool Hanibalidad
A prominent archeologist and Beatles fan, Hanibalidad managed
to show, through a combination of deconstruction of ancient
texts and astral projection, that retro was always hip, even
before there was one, even as evidence of Carthaginian moonboots
suggest. The continual recycling of pop culture keeps us in
touch with our pasts, argues Hanibalidad, though one wonders
if perhaps the vintage tabs of acid used to “enhance”
the paper’s presentation had lost a bit of their potency:
after an hour-and-a-half I was still unable to “dig the
Phoenician groove, man.” Dido, Dido, it’s off to
now we go.
from the Bronze Age: Raingear as Proto-Subversive Countertext
by Stephen J. Cherbourg
The theory is sound, but the propriety of rubberized pants
in a place so full of dirt is questionable.
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