i miss reading philosophy, but rn flipping through the shelves of this used bookstore everything looks horribly tedious

do people have things they liked? where i ended up i was about to read more laruelle but felt too burned out. i like spiritualism and pure immanence. who is the spinoza but better thought out for the modern age (i am aware of deleuze obv)

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“the telephone book” is on the shelves here but anything that has “schizophrenia” in the secondary title i parse as being deliberately hard to read and narrow-scoped (ironically maybe)

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@dogstar Ronell is really neat. If you want to get a feel for her angle, Finitude's Score is fun. Continental folks kind of appropriated the term. For better or worse, it gets thrown around as a sort of state/form of ontological/libidinal alienation. I reckon it's similar to what was culturally occurring in publishing of the 90s where you were more likely to get published/assigned if your title contained "information superhighway".

@inscript i really love media theory so it appeals to me a lot, but yeah deleuzians have this aesthetic opacity that i can't quite convince myself it is worth the time investment to decode. if you think finitude's score is more approachable for a bitter, jaded dilettante then i might look at it

@inscript if it indicates where i'm at - i /really/ don't like donna haraway, putting me forever at odds with anyone who has a lain avatar probably

@inscript (doing my best to not be cranky or frustrated with things, i promise)

@dogstar All good. tone detection: neutral. Stuff that approaches Ronell but is maybe more "telephone" than "book": Gitelman is well worth checking out. Also, Kittler and Crary for more traditional takes on media theory. If you wanna go old school, Benjamin is incredible. Something more readable/modern would be Fisher.

@dogstar Re the aesthetic opacity of Deleuzians: yeah, I'm right there with you. Hard to tolerate if done poorly.

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