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Month: January, 2013


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  From Jaron Lanier. Part of a forthcoming paper on embodiment and VR interfaces in the 90s.

Male Nude Seen from Behind, Arm Raised Over Head

John Singer Sargent Male Nude Seen from Behind, Arm Raised Over Head, c. 1890 – 1915 Charcoal on off-white laid paper 24 5/16 x 19 in Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1937.9.24

On affect and queer history

Blanchot’s reflections on Orpheus and Eurydice recall the moment when, in a 1983 interview, Foucault speculated that ‘the best moment’ in the life of the homosexual is ‘likely to be when the lover leaves in the taxi.’ … Foucault’s desire for the boy has a queer specificity; he would not easily give up the dreamy and rueful retrospect he inspires… He wants him in the taxi, just as Orpheus wants Eurydice in the night, in the underworld… Anyone, I want to insist, might be seduced by the figure of Eurydice; she is radiant in her withdrawal. But her specific attraction for queer subjects is an effect, I want to argue, of a historical experience of love as bound up with loss.

Heather Love, “Emotional Rescue: The Demands of Queer History,” in Feeling Backwards, page 51.