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Antonin Artaud, from Theatre and Its Double

All true alchemists know alchemical symbols are chimeras just as theatre is a chimera. And this eternal reference to the fundamental principles and objects in theatre, found in almost all alchemist texts, ought to be understood as a feeling (the alchemists being extraordinarily conscious of it) of the similarity there is between the level on […]

Zen Anarchy

I. Smashing States of Consciousness This is what all the great teachers show: Zen is the practice of anarchy (an-archy) in the strictest and most super-orthodox sense. It rejects all “archys” or principles—supposedly transcendent sources of truth and reality, which are really no more than fixed ideas, mental habits and prejudices that help create the […]

Why we need the Gothic

We crave it because we need it. We need it because the twentieth century has so forcefully taken away from us that which we once thought constituted us – a coherent psyche, a social order to which we can pledge allegiance in good faith, a sense of justice in the universe – and that wrenching […]

Kanalia, kanalia, kanalia – Adam Michnik

Przed naszymi oczami wciąż przewija się defilada skorumpowanych hipokrytów, spuchłokarkich przekręciarzy, sprzedajnych deputowanych. Codzienna nikczemność, nadęte kłamstwo i podła intryga – czują się znakomicie. W naszym świecie nie ma dziś wielkiej idei Wolności, Równości i Braterstwa. Nie ma też wśród nas Napoleona i jego obietnicy wielkiej chwały. Nie wierzymy już w mężów opatrznościowych. Zostaliśmy też […]

Jean-Luc Nancy

One day, the gods retreated. On their own, they retreated from their divinity, that is to say, from their presence. What remains of their presence is what remains of all presence when it absents itself: what remains is what one can say about it. What can be said about it is what remains when one […]

We want to stand upon our own feet and look fair and square at the world — its good facts, its bad facts, its beauties, and its ugliness; see the world as it is and be not afraid of it. Conquer the world by intelligence and not merely by being slavishly subdued by the terror […]


Contemporary memory is deficient in that we do not really remember anything directly; we merely work backwards and extrapolate any event connected by circumstancial evidence – such as when we find a trout in the milk. We are not truly connected to our past save for moments of intense crisis, emotion, danger, and so on. […]