A major work in the development of critical theory in the late th century, ANTIOEDIPUS is an essential text for feminists, literary theorists, social scientists, philosophers, and other interested in the problems of contemporary Western culture An important text in the rethinking of sexuality and sexual politics spurred by the feminist and gay liberation movementsMargaret Cerullo, Hampshire College I could possibly say that this book ruined my life I have never grappled with a book for as long as this one, for months I read and reread it I decided that I had to incorporate it into a paper that ended up taking me over a year to actually write and then edit, and then edit someand then write somebefore I finally decided to mail the stupid thing out to the professor from a mailbox that happened to be in front of some buildings that some planes would crash into about an hour or so later There are lots of parallels I could start to draw here between the events of a certain morning, their effect on me and my future and how this book I can't help but sort of kind of place into the whole fucking mess (joke?) that my life has been ever since something like December 18th 1999, the day I picked this book off the shelf at the philosophy section that I am now responsible for running (in fairness I have to include Kafka with this book, since the paper in question was about the Deleuze and Kafka)AntiOedipus is like no other philosophy book I'd ever read There is no way to write a real review of it It's difficult as hell It has language in it that is both offensive and mind achingly difficult The concepts are so concrete but at the same time abstract in a way that it's difficult to keep ones mind working in the right ways to get the thoughts to even make sense It's like reading a paradox, but one which you know there is somethingto it than just empty sophistry The book stands for everything that can be good about life, but also a strong yelling reminder that you will only fail, that you'll sellout or be destroyed in the process of living This review may be continued at a later time, the entire thread I was on just got annihilated in my head. yo capitalism i have sunbeams coming out of my ass. “Fools rush inWhere Angels fear to tread!”The late, great philosopher Gilles Deleuze recorded a vast collection of acute personal insights in his lifetime But one particular observation just won’t wash! You’ll see he was no fool, but he was EXTREME in his ways He lived life totally ON THE EDGE.And if you do that you’re apt to act precipitously And illadvisedly?I think so!Following a close reading of Nietzsche’s oeuvre in his early years, he founded his own remarkable work on LIVING ON THE OUTSIDE OF THE FOLD That was to be his Final Answer.I guess you might term it life in the ULTRAFast Lane What does it MEAN to us, exactly?Well, if one of us makes a publicly embarrassing gaffe, we try to gloss it over as best we can That’s a public FOLD.If we commit a private misstep, like reading nihilistic or spooky writing and then encountering an inner feeling of stark terror, we FOLD that over too That’s an inner fold.We turn on all the lights or a favourite TV program Or if we’re a believer, we say a fast prayer Either may work.Both are quite normal.But Deleuze, after reading Nietzsche, renounced ALL folds in his life, personal and public Like Jim Carrey.Talk about life on the edge FOR THE SAKE OF THE EDGE!I wouldn’t do it Would you?It all seems like sheer folly for those of us who are older and wiser We’ve gotta face the fact of life that ALL of us are sometimes SOMEONE’S RUBE We’re ALL only human.And AntiOedipus, being an early work, is innocently edgy and is full of jumping non sequiturs, like the early stages of mania It’s novel and jarring, and hip too, I guess.And Deleuze is right in a way if life nowadays is just sales jive, good people gotta suffer It is and they do: but they call the suffering mental illness So all good people have psychological tics, big or small.And the media sends them to Coventry for it, and calls them weird Deleuze, at least in that sense, was right.But then, Deleuze chose a godless world over any form of consolation And that’s just not our way.For through all his screaming nightmares Deleuze refused to learn from his mistakes, and I guess like Mick Jagger, living life totally in the Open, he believed he never really MADE any in the first place He had trashed all his yardsticks.Back in the old days, folks would tell you to give your head a good shake if you said that! They’d just snicker at you.You know, a pop song a few years ago called our Western “upwardly mobile highway” the “road to hell.” That’s Deleuze’s song, isn’t it?But that same world of money and power with its huge gulf between the have and havenots gave birth to a postmodern theology of Love out of the thought of a simple Nazarene, who lived two millennia ago.And that theology has shown so many of us the necessity of sticking to the Main Street of Life, and not veering obliquely off the beaten path in pursuit of countercultural creeds.Otherwise it’s all hopeless.Folks like Nietzsche and Deleuze can scream about the Death of God from the rooftopsBut we won’t hear them, cause we’re listening to His own very real voice speaking in our hearts!Sure, this is an endlessly absorbing book.But it doesn’t solve anything It’s just a soapbox for a ‘liberated’ young French philosopher.Who, would, as he aged, admittedly became a wellconsidered and common voice for a muchneeded liberalism amid the primary force of domineering fiscal conservatism in the world powers A voice of caution and reason in an absurdly hormoneenriched, morally incautious world.
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