By Linda S. Kauffman
Linda S. Kauffman turns the pornography debate on its head with this audacious research of modern taboo-shattering fiction, movie, and function artwork. Investigating the function of fable in paintings, politics, and pop culture, she exhibits how technological advances in drugs and technological know-how (magnetic resonance imaging, pcs, and telecommunications) have profoundly altered our innovations of the human physique. our on-line world is generating new kinds of id and subjectivity. The novelists, filmmakers, and performers in Bad women and ill Boys are the interpreters of those courageous new worlds, cartographers who're busy mapping the fin-de-millennium setting that already envelops us.
Bad ladies and ill Boys deals a necessary and interesting travel of the present cultural panorama. Kauffman boldly connects the dots among the novel artists who shatter taboos and problem felony and aesthetic conventions. She hyperlinks writers like John Hawkes and Robert Coover to Kathy Acker and William Vollmann; filmmakers like Ngozi Onwurah and Isaac Julien to Brian De Palma and Gus Van Sant; and performers like Carolee Schneemann and Annie Sprinkle to the visible arts. Kauffman's vigorous interviews with J. G. Ballard, David Cronenberg, Bob Flanagan, and Orlan upload a rare measurement to her well timed and convincing argument.
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Mark Wrathall shows in the next chapter how U2 has dealt with this option. Here we want to conclude by exploring in the next section the way that Kierkegaard uses the inescapable fact of despair as an argument for the Christian view of the world. “You Know There’s Something More”: The Argument for Christianity In Sickness unto Death, Kierkegaard tries to show that every possible attempt to combine the factors by essentialising one or the other side of each pair of factors leads to despair, as does every way of trying to do justice to both on your own.
For example, if one makes possibility absolute and lives for constant change, constantly open to new possibilities, one is in the aesthetic sphere—Kierkegaard’s anticipation of Nietzsche and the post-moderns—but the end result is despair at having no self at all, no existence worth having. Kierkegaard explains that, for such a person, “possibility seems greater and U2 2012_HIP HOP & philosophy 2/13/12 11:03 AM Page 21 Staring at the Sun 21 greater to the self; more and more becomes possible because nothing becomes actual.
14 The confirmation and conviction come, in other words, through one’s success in living in the world in the way indicated by faith. ”15 “Your Love Is Teaching Me How to Kneel”: Love and Existential Faith The existential Christian thus argues that faith is confirmed if it turns out that it is only the Christian who, through the saving grace of Christ, is able to resolve her despair. ” “When there’s all kinds of chaos / and everyone is walking lame,” the saint doesn’t even “blink . . or look away”—that is, she’s not tempted at all to make the pessimistic move of renouncing the world.
Bad Girls and Sick Boys: Fantasies in Contemporary Art and Culture by Linda S. Kauffman