'everything i say in front of somebody immediately launches into orbit around his navel-gazing, and his answer will be a reaction to that kind of gravitation. he doesn't see what i name, be it a poor smoked herring; he contemplates only the landscape of himself complemented by the new moon that…
“Would anyone agree to participate at all in this experiment….’experiment,’ fuck, even that seemed too gaudy a word in this case, because it was, really, the towering silliness I found so enabling, in a relative sense it made ground for deep surprise, & that oscillation often spins me in my writing until I end up vertiginously elsewhere. It felt delightful to be up to something so frivolous with friends, where solidarity was organized around an empty frame.”—Dana Ward, “The Squeakquel” (via elisabethworkman)
“If one wants to keep a promise, one must burn memory into the will, submit to – or submit oneself to – a reign of terror in the name of morality, administer pain to oneself in order to ensure one’s continuity and calculability through time. If I am to be moral and keep my promises, I will remember what I promised and remain the same ‘I’ who first uttered that promise, resisting any circumstances that might alter its continuity through time, never dozing when wakefulness is needed.”—Judith Butler (via spiritandteeth)
“The grandeur of America today is satanic, materialistic, irreligious, unethical… The settlement of America was the birth of a New Reality. It began the dethronement of the mystical God and the rejuvination of the Prince of This World — prince of this world not in the Old World theological sense, but as the spirit of the Will to Material Power.”—Benjamin De Casseres, The American Mercury, Vol. 13, No. 52, 1928.