Life is Born Out of Force

Paul Klee – “Highway and Byways” (1929)

 

These characters are strongly American: modern creatures, divided against themselves. They say they want a real life, but they do not mean what they say. They do not understand They do not understand that to have a life one must act, consciously and deliberately, on one’s own integrated behalf. (50)

Life is born out of force and denial at the hands of one’s intimates. This is knowledge to be taken in manfully. In fact, the taking in of this knowledge is precisely what has always been called manful. (68)

… to be oneself is a lonely and fearful thing and, in the end, we each manufacture, or refuse to manufacture, the courage necessary for the task at hand. (92)

Vivian Gornick, The End of the Novel of Love  (1998)

Concerning the Violent Peace-Police: An Open Letter to Chris Hedges

I am writing this on the premise that you are a well-meaning person who wishes Occupy Wall Street to succeed. I am also writing as someone who was deeply involved in the early stages of planning Occupy in New York. I am also an anarchist who has participated in many Black Blocs. This is why I feel compelled to respond to your statement “The Cancer in Occupy.” This statement is not only factually inaccurate, it is quite literally dangerous.

Long Live Said

On September 27, TNI co-sponsored the one-day conference "Said is dead. Long live Said!" at City College that marked a decade since Edward Said's passing. Collected here are some of the talks, graciously provided by the speakers and organizers

Love in the Age of Self-Consciousness

Tradition — “how things are done here” — has been fatally disrupted. We can enter an elevator in any city or an Italian restaurant in any American town and understand what to expect and what to do. And thanks to the universality of money and the pervasive norms of capitalist market exchange, we trust we don’t need a personal relationship with a pub owner to get a pint.