[-empyre-] -empyre- epilogue, forwarded for McKenzie Wark

I've been travelling. Stopped off in Berlin, London, Plymouth (from whence the Tolpuddle martyrs were transported to the penal colonies of what would be become Australia).

In London I went to the ICA to see a surprisingly depressing show about
London 1978-88, the decade between punk and 'Young British Artists'. In the
bookstore they were selling those Verso Radical Thinker editions for a pound

I bought the Ranciere and Baudrillard's Fragments. (Sad that out of 20 books
in the series, only one is by a woman and none are from the South).
Fragements is very much in the style of Canetti's magnificent notebooks,
which in turn hark back to Chamfort, Leopardi's Zilbadone and the secret
history of the aphorism. (And perhaps Pascal, who of course would be the
complete antithesis of Baudrillard in his use of the form).

This is the fragment (a fragment of a fragment...) I choose to end this
month of JB on:

"One must free oneself from one's ideas in writing, not take charge of them. One must free language from its purpose, free concepts from their meaning, free the world from its reality -- which is an even greater illusion." -- Jean Baudrillard, Fragments, Verso Radical Thinkers edition, London, 2007, p50

___________________ McKenzie Wark http://www.ludiccrew.org -- Timothy Murray Acting Director of The Society for the Humanities Professsor of Comparative Literature and English Director of Graduate Studies in Film and Video Studies Curator, The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell Library A. D. White House Cornell University Ithaca, New York 14853

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