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>the best quotes from David Halperin’s "Saint=Foucault"

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>”For the effect of sexual liberation has been not, or not only, to free us to express our sexuality but to require us to express – freely, of course – our sexuality.” – pg. 20

“…to come out is precisely to expose oneself to a different set of dangers and constraints, to make oneself into a convenient screen onto which straight people can project all the fantasies they routinely entertain about gay people, and to suffer one’s every gesture, statement, expression, and opinion to be totally and irrevocably marked by the overwhelming social significance of one’s openly acknowledged homosexual identity.” – pg. 30

“…to shift heterosexuality from the position of a universal subject of discourse to an object of interrogation and critique, and to shift homosexuality from the position of an object of power/knowledge to a position of legitimate subjective agency…We must make allowance for the complex and unstable process whereby discourse can be both an instrument and an effect of power, but also a hindrance, a stumbling-block, a point of resistance and a starting point for an opposing strategy.” – pg. 57

“The most radical reversal of homophobic discourse consists not in asserting, with the Gay Liberation Front of 1968, that “gay is good” (on the analogy with “black is beautiful” but in assuming and empowering a marginal positionality – not in rehabilitating an already demarcated, if devalued, identity but in taking advantage of the purely oppositional positional location homosexuality has been made to occupy by the logic of the supplement and by the fantasmatic character of homophobic discourse.” – pg. 61

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October 30, 2008 at 3:37 am

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>what i did on my winter vacation

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October 30, 2008 at 3:25 am

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>the tyranny of karl lagerfeld (aka GO AWAY)

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>Dude, my sentiments exactly about that stupid Chanel exhibit in Central Park:

“The Chanel Pavilion may be less convoluted in its aims, but its message is no less noxious. When I first heard about it, I thought of the scene in the 1945 film “Mildred Pierce” when the parasitic playboy Monte Beragon sneeringly tells the Joan Crawford character, a waitress toiling to give her spoiled daughter a better life, that no matter how hard she scrubs, she will never be able to remove the smell of grease. We have been living in an age of Montes for more than a decade now. For strivers aching to separate themselves from the masses, the mix of architecture, art and fashion has had a nearly irresistible pull, promising a veneer of cultural sophistication.

Opening the pavilion in Central Park only aggravates the wince factor. Frederick Law Olmsted planned the park as a great democratic experiment, an immense social mixing place as well as an instrument of psychological healing for the weary. The Chanel project reminds us how far we have traveled from those ideals by dismantling the boundary between the civic realm and corporate interests.”

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October 28, 2008 at 3:35 pm

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>A weird story

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>A weird story that I read about in Thomas Mallon’s essay on Lincoln, and then got an excerpt from the original Time Magazine piece about Nixon slinking off to the Lincoln Memorial to meet with hippies. Should someone write a short story about this:

“Nixon was trying his best to reconstruct consensus, to show that if he was not embittered by the protest movement, neither was he cowed. He also attempted to display flexibility. He was not about to muzzle anyone, he said, but he counseled his subordinates that “when the action is hot, keep the rhetoric cool.” He defended the Cambodia decision anew, but he also added that the troops would be coming out faster than anticipated. While not withdrawing from his tactical rationale for the Cambodian venture, Nixon gave an impression that was very different from the belligerent patriotism with which he announced the foray.

Singular Odyssey. Before dawn the next morning, Nixon impulsively wakened his valet and set off with a clutch of Secret Service men for the Lincoln Memorial, where he talked for an hour with a group of drowsy but astonished demonstrators. His discussion rambled over the sights of the world that he had seen — Mexico City, the Moscow ballet, the cities of India. When the conversation turned to the war, Nixon told the students: “I know you think we are a bunch of so and so’s.” He said to them, the President recalled Chamberlain was the greatest man living and that Winston Churchill was a madman. It was not until years later that I realized that Churchill was right.” He confessed afterwards: “I doubt if that got over.”

Before he left, Nixon said: “I know you want to get the war over. Sure you came here to demonstrate and shout your slogans on the ellipse. That’s all right. Just keep it peaceful. Have a good time in Washington, and don’t go away bitter.”

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October 28, 2008 at 2:32 pm

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>teen laziness and "The Craft"

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October 27, 2008 at 1:31 am

>blogged out

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beth cosentino, alex frank, and paul contos

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October 26, 2008 at 10:32 pm

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>colanipin droned out bliss

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October 26, 2008 at 10:00 pm

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