Writing and Responding: Voices in the Postmodern Age
A Report on the 7th Annual Postmodern Village Conference
January 15-19, 2000
Arrests Were Down!
While on the face of it a good thing, the fact that arrests for this year’s
event were down some 20% from last year might also demarcate a certain
tepidness in the contemporary convention-going crowd. Indeed, historically
the number of arrests has roughly correlated to the inventiveness of the
work displayed, and this year seems to be little exception: even the most
elaborate of this year’s presentations, “Sophistic Overtures in the Dark”
was largely in obvious relationship to the work presented, leading one
to question its true worth. These facts simply prove the long-standing
adage: True genius is a rowdy consort.
But Property Damage Was Up . . .
So, in the final estimation, Writing and Responding: Voices in the Post-Modern
Age’s excitation to creativity ratio evened-out. It should be noted, however,
that the vast majority of the property damage to the Wassergate Hotel
came in the form of the fireball created for the cooking portion of the
presentation of “The Totemic Sausage.” Unfortunately, this was entirely
accidental, being caused by an unexpectedly high discharge of propane
I Heard Lacan’s Winged Chariot Drawing Near
Next time, folks, let’s loosen up a bit and remember the malicious nature
of language and society: a literary tradition of violence and oppression
should be duly represented in papers pertaining to it. No one can forget,
after all, the great jouissance of Lighting the Sign, the PMV conference
of 1997, with its live demonstrations of a genuine, period iron maiden.
Part of the ongoing series on dysfunctional attitudes in popular music,
the presentation featured, along with a question and answer period, an
opportunity for audience members to experience the engine of torture themselves,
thus completing the suturing of signifier and signified in a quite dramatic
way. We were all brought back together with the infinite Other, and some
of us still have the scars to prove it.
Facilities and Food
Unlike last year, the staff (no need to call them the staph this time)
of the Wassergate provided excellent food and an amazing tolerance for
Otherness. Last year, as you may recall, was a true gastronomical adventure,
many of us experiencing Sartre’s existential precepts firsthand. And then
there were the hamburgers!
As a possible break with tradition, we are considering making the Wassergate
Metroplex our permanent conference home, pending negotiations with both
of our insurance companies.
This year exceeded expectations at $60,000. As always, the cash bar is
operated as a source of charitable income for our Foundling Theory Fund,
a non-profit dedicated to saving theories other fields of study seem to
have abandoned in the name of so-called “progress” and “scientific accuracy”
(as if those notions weren’t inherently patriarchal and fervently Capitalistic
Last year FTF managed to spend $40,000 to renovate and restore Freudian
and Lacanian psychology, efforts we consider a great success. We have
been informed that there is great need in the area of Marx, especially
after recent developments in China and on Wall Street. Our Cuban delegation
will keep you informed.
Ultimately, Writing and Responding: Voices in the Post-Modern Age
was a mixed success. The deep social injury keeps seething from our Delegation
of the Marginalized, and Cultural Criticism keeps issuing forth reaction
to the ever-expanding world of mass-media, although there are still a
few questions about he seriousness of their enterprise.
All in all, there is much room for entrenchment and militancy, which
will keep us all looking forward to next year.
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