Tag Archives: Anxiety

The Child’s Simulation of Labor: Some Notes on Master Chef Junior

The collapse of the distinction between work and play is one of the hallmark symptoms of contemporary modes of existence under financial capitalism and their attendant labor-forms, mutating especially the relation of cultural production to classically defined forms of wage … Continue reading

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Sovereignty and Surrender

I bring to you, like a child anxious to offer an adequate object to the Oedipal figures that populate his fledgling superego, an impasse registering as an ambivalence from the self-enclosure of dissertation writing: I am stuck between alternating desires for … Continue reading

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Haunting the Queer Spaces of AIDS: GLQ 19, 3

I have an essay in the newest issue of GLQ, the abstract of which follows: Haunting the Queer Spaces of AIDS: Remembering ACT UP/New York and an Ethics for an Endemic This essay considers the mutation of the temporality of HIV/AIDS in … Continue reading

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The Spacing of Anxiety: An Affective Passageway

Is it possible to be annihilated by a place? By a feeling? When a space becomes a place through taking shape in an affect, a decomposition of the self, through the body.  Paralysis.  Crumpling, electrifying, pulling tense, taught. How is … Continue reading

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What I Learned from my Comps, aka, Some Amateur Self-Psychoanalysis

I’ve not even really finished my comps.  In my department, they are split into two parts: first, would-be PhD candidates write three essays based on their three area lists; second, assuming they pass the first leg of the process, they … Continue reading

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Ironic, Awkward, Flat: Genres of Endurance in Late Liberalism (From the TV Archive)

Television is a machine that entrains sociality through genre as habituation to certain modes of endurance in the otherwise painfully unbearable intimacy and inadequacy of the everyday in late liberalism.  The TV archive, here, is not flippant, nor even only … Continue reading

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Anxiety Diary: Theory of a Sunday Afternoon

There is an uncomfortable lusciousness to the event-ness of certain feelings: anxiety produces a spatiotemporal quality of spreading, thick.  After a certain point, no matter how fast you move, how much energy you invest (and you will be exhausting yourself … Continue reading

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Suspended Agency, Ambiant Anxiety

I’ve been reading a lot of Lauren Berlant lately.  I’ve also been in the doldrums of a pretty persistent case of intellectual paralysis– unable to read or write very much, or at least not at the pace I would prefer … Continue reading

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