Empire at the End

Last night realized that I missed a golden opportunity in my last postโ€”which began with the relationship/contrast between the delirium of the West and the imperial ecumenon as described by Deleuze and Guattari, and which ended at the weird of the 1970sโ€”to mention Philip K. Dick and his time-scrambling suggestion that us (post)moderns are, in […]

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American Cartographies 2

In the beginning of the second chapter ofย The Return of the Vanishing American, Leslie Fiedler wrote: For a long time, Europeans thought of themselves as inhabiting a world without a West: a threefold oecumene made up of Europe itself, Asia, and Libya, which is to say a ruling and redeemed North plus a subsidiary and […]

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The New Religion and Its Schisms

Last night I finished reading Diana Pasulka’sย American Cosmic: UFOs, Religion, Technology. It’s a fascinating book, written from a religious studies perspective, about a little-known ‘faction’, so to speak, of the ufology community that Pasulka has called the “scientist-believers”. As the term suggests, these are accomplished scientists, often in considerable positions of power,who are not only […]

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