is wonderful to see the background of “Short Dictionary of Misunderstood Words”
decorated with Hegel, Lacan and Zizek. This wonderful layout was created by Lishan;
I am so indebted to him. From a short request, he has painted full of his
marvel on this pixel wall just the background of all the text is hanging on.
The development of this theme is quite an interesting story. I was in mind to put Zizek’s picture in the background just because I wanted a small pleasure of showing him in deep silence, as we all well aware that he is a public intellectual and make lot of noises all around the world. So I wanted him to show here bit silenced. In the mean time I wanted to show him as my most favorite writer, philosopher , critic, actor, presenter, speaker, lecturer, etc. may be we can put joker as well. He is quite humorous in most of his speeches, and people pay for his jokes when they are coming in books. This isn’t my idea, but Zizek’s.
Once the layout presented for the first time, not to mention the first version, Zizek was in the God’s position and posing a similar stance at reader while he is lying on a bed. Just this made my total aspect of keeping him in background a little nightmare and I asked Lishan to work it out a bit again to dissolve his gaze on the reader.
Second version came with the similar grid of pictures of Zizek himself again appearing in tiles whole background giving the same effect of Zizek’s authority; I was really frightened to keep such background, probably anyone seldom visiting this site might get the first impression that this blog belongs to Zizek. I never think if he might keep a blog in any known world to us, will never put his face there like we did here. Zizek is very much narcissistic on papers and books what he had written so far, but he doesn’t agree with the publishers of his articles on the past about one thing. How he appears on caricatures or cartoons; make him so upset and he depicts it the way he appears mostly on photographs like a criminal. This is a very ridiculous idea just Zizek keep in his mind or just kidding with.
Finally I got an idea of dissolving Zizek’s power over the blog background by keeping the 3x3 picture grid of Zizek to reduce dispersing Hegel, Lacan and Zizek in 2x1+2x1+5x1 proportion.
So the theme came on this form.
In the mean time I will put here my last conversation with Lishan:
“This is quite interesting. :) I cannot say much about the difference of the previous to this one, again Zizek is now in a more hidden obscene dimension; rather dangerously interacting. Anyway if you commit little additional time on this, I can suggest simple solution to scatter the strength of Zizek over the background.
I suggest you to put couple of pics of Hegel and Lacan and mixing those with rest to become it simply a balanced blog background, of course merging Hegel and Lacan into one, you can easily create Zizek, that's the real truth. ;)
Will you make this modification for the last?”
Lishan wrote me back:
“Bodies of victims of a building collapse lie numbered in a row in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. An eight-story building housing several garment factories collapsed near Bangladesh’s capital on Wednesday, killing dozens of people and trapping many more under a jumbled mess of concrete. Rescuers tried to cut through the debris with earthmovers, drilling machines and their bare hands.” stamfordadvocate.com
Photo: A.M.Ahad, stamfordadvocate.com
Among other western brands, the brand Joe Fresh is found in the collapsed building.
I was removing my eyes away from the movie The Life of David Gale,
lets say a moment before;) , which made me think of some Lacanian theories of desire and fantasy.
Some movies have that quality of inspiring minds into deep subject matters such as psychoanalysis, I was wondering at the moment of seeing the Basic Instinct part II , few years ago, reminded me the same.
In fact some dialogs were saying it is Lacanian itself! :D
Here I will emphasize the point adopted from the subtitle file, please go ahead.
“Come on. Think.”
Lecturer David Gail walks across the class room and arrives the front.
“I want you to reach back into those minds and tell me, tell us all...”
“What is it that you fantasize about?
World peace? I thought so.”
Class laughs loud.
“Do you fantasize about international fame?
Do you fantasize about winning a Pulitzer Prize?
Or a Nobel Peace Prize?
An MTV Music Award?
Do you fantasize about meeting some genius hunk, ostensibly bad...but secretly simmering with noble passion...and willing to sleep on the wet spot?”
A student answers gloriously.
“I'll take two! I'll take two! “
“What was that?”
“Kimberly will take two.”
“You get Lacan's point. Fantasies have to be unrealistic...because the moment... the second... that you get what you seek...you don't...you can't want it anymore. In order to continue to exist...desire must have its objects perpetually absent. It's not the "it" that you want. It's the fantasy of "it". So, desire supports crazy fantasies.”
An interruption by a student who is entering into the class.
“This is what Pascal means when he says that we are only truly happy...when daydreaming about future happiness.”
One neighbor student to the last one who came late shows a letter.
“It came today.”
“Or why we say...the hunt is sweeter than the kill.Or be careful what you wish for, not because you'll get it...but because you're doomed not to want it once you do.So the lesson of Lacan is, living by your wants will never make you happy.”
“What it means to be fully human is to strive to live by ideas and ideals...”
“And not to measure your life by what you've attained in terms of your desires...but those small moments of integrity, compassion...rationality, even self-sacrifice.”
“Because in the end, the only way that we can measure the significance of our own lives...is by valuing the lives of others.”
I was really surprising seeing the abstractions from Lacan’s theories into this masterpiece of film work, that gives whole a damn picture of twisted from top to bottom arousing fantasmatic fragments of minute pleasure of the cinematic text.
Here I would like recommend you to watch the movie and get into the nucleus of the Lacanian subject.;)
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