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Probing beneath the level of TV punditry Žižek offers a highly original and readable account that serves as a fascinating and insightful comprehension of the events of September 11Liberals and conservatives proclaim the end of the American holiday from history Now the easy games are over; one should take In short is it not that today in our resigned postideological era which admits no positive Absolutes the only legitimate candidate for the Absolute are radically evil actsThis is a book about dreams The philosopher notes early that in developing nations people dream about making it to the West while First Worlders dream about the end of the world Slavoj i ek is coy like that Throughout Welcome To The Desert of the Real he displays his range without much rigor It doesn t read as caprice it functions as serial uestions those that make us readers uncomfortable The Western Malaise is one of excess Lacan offered diagnosis some time back we now need to cut ourselves distract our neuroses in reality programming We to be displaced by the Spectacle Our choices leave us docile We stared at the remains of the World Trade Center and asked how could this happen here The author poses that we should ve reacted that this shouldn t happen again anywhere This is a riveting work Many are critical of i ek s recourse to popular cultural I am not While being unaware of the title being a line from The Matrix I find the analogy comfortably disturbing

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Welcome to the Desert of the Real Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates

Complicit in the rise of Muslim fundamentalism It points to our dreaming about the catastrophe in numerous disaster movies before it happened and explores the irony that the tragedy has been used to legitimize torture Last but not least it analyzes the fiasco of the predominant leftist response to the even Nicholas Lezard said it very well about another Zizek book Reading i ek is hard work But it is worth it like hacking through miles of undergrowth and jungle vegetation in order to be rewarded every so often with a splendid view For when i ek stops talking like that and actually says something directly then he is electrifyingI just wish there were a higher signal to noise ratio Maybe noise isn t the right word but there s a lot of Antigone diversions on the way to actual discussions of 911

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Sides Žižek argues this is precisely the temptation to be resisted In such moments of apparently clear choices the real alternatives are most hidden Welcome to the Desert of the Real steps back complicating the choices imposed on us It proposes that global capitalism is fundamentalist and that America was Every feature attributed to the Other is already present at the very heart of the USAI ll write later when time allows But after Terror isn t it best to engage with Reason


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  1. says:

    The thing you notice uickly how often the bastard contradicts himself At first I wanted to say that he was inconsistent but then it became clear that it was a bigger part of his mission And indeed his first wish is to problematize the simple choices we have been given Honestly too few are better positioned to do so As a Slovene as someone who cut his teeth on Soviet intellectualism then found himself suddenly a part of the Capta

  2. says:

    This is uite interesting This brief book which contains a series of six largely 'political' essays written after and largely about 911 is generally accessible full of sometimes remarkable insights though certainly

  3. says:

    In short is it not that today in our resigned postideological era which admits no positive Absolutes the only legitimate candidate for the Absolute are radically evil actsThis is a book about dreams The philosopher notes early that in developing nations people dream about making it to the West while First Worlders dream about the end of the world Slavoj Žižek is coy like that Throughout Welcome To The Dese

  4. says:

    Every feature attributed to the Other is already present at the very heart of the USAI'll write later when time allows But after Terror isn't it best to engage with Reason

  5. says:

    Zizek's writing is some kind of intellectual porn I turn the pages compulsively but what's the point Some part of me is thrilled whenever it interacts with a thought pattern that is not reductive predetermined transparent It is light in the i

  6. says:

    I think sometimes people who've known me for a long time wonder how I ended up a fan of Zizek and Badiou how I ended up so disenchanted with capitalism etc There'a a lot of things that go into it but one aspect that this book reminded me about

  7. says:

    Thought provoking there’s a fair amount of nonsense to wade through but Zizek also calls out a bunch of peoplegroups for their nonsense so it was worth the wade

  8. says:

    Nicholas Lezard said it very well about another Zizek book Reading Žižek is hard work But it is worth it; like hacking through miles of undergrowth and jungle vegetation in order to be rewarded every so often with a splendid view For when Žižek stops talking like that and actually says something directly then he is electrifyingI just wish there were a higher signal to noise ratio Maybe noise isn't the righ

  9. says:

    Every time I pick up a Zizek book I go in with the expectation I'll be able to track with maybe half of it His thoughts on 911 are just as askew insightful and obscure as you'd think they'd be I especially liked the chapter on Israel's relationship with Palestine becoming aggressive than ever at the time all while using

  10. says:

    filthy Slovene muses about the secret fantasies of Americans