[-empyre-] tension and speed

Amanda McDonald Crowley amandamcdc at gmail.com
Fri Feb 15 15:42:41 EST 2013

Can I just say: 

1. that's not a small collection of books.

2. I enjoy your the way that you have grouped these readings, Robert.

I'm looking forward to being introduced into this conversation, but now a little filled with trepidation about how to fill the shoes of those who have gone before me.

Until tomorrow.


On Feb 14, 2013, at 1:03 PM, Robert Nideffer wrote:

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> Interesting to summon Virilio... and I really like the attempt to link a piece of the personal to the more philosophical/theoretical. In general I think Shani would have found our discussion most illuminating/useful if and when that type of move is made in relation to her work/practice (as opposed to her health and character, and I type this in full awareness that I am more guilty than any of sentimentality, reminiscing, and linking personality to practice... which of course are related, but are also things we've established she was not so drawn to).
> could it be that she was able to live in the instantaneity, the real time (or near real time) that he predicates as our reality, in part because she refused to have a stake in either the bitter past or the uncertain future? OK, possibly a stretch.
> The past, upon (her) reflection, was not always bitter :), though she did not tend to dwell there, even when sweet. She was, as you all have stated, far more present/future oriented, even though that future was uncertain; an uncertainty that did not eclipse an almost obsessive planning. It sometimes seemed the greater the uncertainty the greater her need to plan became, But it was more than that I think, as illness progressed, planning, and creating project/trip/life markers to work toward or simply look forward to, helped make the daily difficulties more bearable, and gave a bit of hope.
> Robert, I have been wondering what Shani drew inspiration from in the way of books. What was she reading in the last year or two, apart from books on cancer? What was her go-to library? Whose voices spoke to her?
> Funny you should bring this up! I took pictures of the small collection of books she accumulated in New York as I removed them from her office area for packing (they still sit on my phone which I'm looking at now). They can be clustered into several very rough categories:
> 101 Dog Tricks
> Dog Training
> The Dog's Mind
> Canine Body Language
> Canine Behavior
> Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
> Zoographies: The Question of the Animal from Heidegger to Derrida
> Of Mice and Men
> Animals: 1419 Copyright-free Illustrations
> 1300 Real and Fanciful Animals
> Flowers, Butterflies and Insects
> Critical Theory Reader
> Homo Sacer
> The Gay Science
> The Human Condition
> Bodies that Matter
> Social Epistemology
> An Intellectual History of Liberalism
> Foucault Reader
> The Birth of the Clinic
> The Hermeneutics of the Subject
> Society Must Be Defended
> Security, Territory, Population
> Leviathan and the Air Pump
> Kuhn vs. Popper
> Utopia
> The Heavenly City of the 18th Century Philosophers
> The Age of Empire
> Classical Mythology
> The Immortal Life of Henrietta Locke
> Critical Resistance
> The Dialectical Biologist
> What is Posthumanism?
> The Ecological Thought
> Modest_Witness at Second_Millennium.FemaleMan_Meets_OncoMouse: Feminism and Technoscience
> Simians, Cyborgs and Women
> Global Genome
> Chasing Technoscience
> Impure Science
> Culturing Life
> Good Germs Bad Germs
> The Politics of Life Itself
> Biocapital
> Politics of Nature
> Handbook of Science and Technology Studies
> Plants
> Principles of Genetics
> The Cell
> Tactical Biopolitics
> Biology: A Self-Teaching Guide
> Understanding Biotechnology
> Context Providers
> Collectivism, Modernism
> Relational Aesthetics
> Conversation Pieces
> Media Technology and Society
> What Do Pictures Want?
> Tactical Media
> Thinking with Type
> Theory in Contemporary Art Since 1985
> Originals: American Women Artists
> Drawing Babar (gift from her mother :)
> (Various catalogs)
> Nature's Cancer-Fighting Foods
> Foods to Fight Cancer
> Cooking with Foods that Fight Cancer
> The Sprouted Kitchen
> Anticancer
> Beyond the Magic Bullet
> Cancer as a Metabolic Disease
> Holistic Homeopathy for Women
> The Healthy Cottage Cookbook
> Chez Panisse Desserts
> Earth Qi Gong for Women
> Essential Oils Desk Reference
> The Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Workbork
> Fast Fold (origami tutorial)
> Aperture 3
> Google SketchUp for Site Design
> SketchUp 7 for Architectural Visualization
> What would undoubtedly be quite interesting as a collection/snapshot would be to export the browser bookmarks from her most frequently used computer... but that, I think, becomes too invasive, and again risks cultivating too much of the personal at the expense of the broader import of her practice.
> Robert
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