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Lucky Gorseman

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Lucky Gorseman

A river divides the campus now as ever, not equally, but so utterly that a citylike distinction can’t be helped: East Side,

West Side. The East Side is philosophy and English and art and music and no decent places to drink. This is my side. I live here in an 8-plex with a Russian poet I met the day I moved in and haven’t seen since. He’s got an American girlfriend on the West

Side, the Russian poet does, so I don’t take it personally. In fact everything good is over there: pizza, beer, dancing, undergrads, all the hard sciences. The West Side, some say, is the Best Side.

But those who say it lack perspective, I think—or information.

Certainly memory: few of them were here sixteen years ago; many were barely walking. Safe to say I’m the only one who was eleven and had a father who was on a hit-list but who, by the sheerest, dumbest luck imaginable, lived.


Dad had been big in Canada for his work with comets, but what the Americans loved about him was his software. This was back in the day, when a computer was something. He taught himself code and wrote a program that, properly installed, would predict the trajectories of all the known large-body objects, or LBOs, of the solar system for the next 5,000 years, including (this was the juicy part) any potential Earth collisions. His impact scenarios were

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2: On “Negation”: some reflections following in Freud’s wake

Karnac Books ePub


Jorge Canestri

I should like to begin by saying that I shall be speaking about negation as a psychoanalytic notion—in other words, as a specific defensive mechanism—leaving aside any consideration about the importance of the concept in other fields, as well as any discussion of an etymological or philological nature.

Concepts, especially in our field, are not univocal; but in some particular cases, such as the one we are dealing with, they seem to be pervaded by a disordered polyvalence and changeability. By this I do not mean to say that concepts should not evolve, change, and expand; on the contrary, these processes are part of the elaboration of a concept and are normal and desirable. Could it therefore be argued that the concept of negation as a defence mechanism has undergone this type of elaboration as a result of the progress made during the history of psychoanalysis, and that the original intent of the concept has been changed? A statement such as this is only partially valid when it concerns negation. There are many works that examine this defence mechanism and its consequences, the two most pertinent ones being Ferenczi’s (1913) paper: “Stages in the Development of the Sense of Reality” and Laforgue’s (1926) discussion on scotomization entitled “Verdrängung und Skotomisation”.

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81. Mental Disturbance as a Result of Social' Advancement. [1922]

Ferenczi, Sandor Karnac Books ePub

I HAVE a series of observations on neurotics with whom social advancement of the family, at a time when the patients were young children, chiefly in the latency period, proved a most significant ^etiological factor. Three of the cases were men suffering from sexual impotence; another was that of a woman with tic convuhif. Two of the impotent cases happened to be cousins, whose parents became wealthy and’ refined’ —both at the same time, viz. when the children were seven to nine years old. All three impotence cases had gone through an infantile period of’ polymorphous perverse’ sexuality of more than ordinary intensity and variety. There had in fact been nothing in the way of control or conventional restraint during this stage. At the age noted they came to live under refined conditions to which they were entirely unaccustomed, and to a large extent had to exchange a rustic environment for the social conditions of town and city life. They lost by this exchange their former composure and self-confidence; the more so that their previous lack of restraint necessitated a specially vigorous reaction-formation, if they were to conform even partly to the ego-ideal standards of the new and more refined milieu. It is in no way surprising that this wave of repression involved in a very marked degree their sexual aggressiveness and genital capacity.

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3 Meshworks, Entanglements and Presencing Absence: Pilgrimages, Eastern Free State-style

McIntosh, I.S.; Quinn, E.M.; Keely, V. CABI PDF


Meshworks, Entanglements and Presencing Absence:

Pilgrimages, Eastern Free State-style

Shirley du Plooy*

University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Scholars working from a culturalistic position are adamant that people give meaning and make meaning; they inscribe on to what Ingold (2010b, p. 126) calls hard surfaces the cognitive and symbolic ascriptions needed to construct social reality. Two foundational assumptions underpinning this locality of thinking are: (i) there is a unilinear directionality to impacting, and people do all the impacting, constructing and ascribing; one could say that humans are therefore the only agents of construction; and (ii) arguments are formulated as if the cognitive thought-spark is always the genesis of meaning. I believe, however, that by applying ethnographic evidence gleaned from domestic pilgrimages to sacred sites in the eastern Free State, South Africa, I will demonstrate that landscapes, dreamscapes and personscapes are inextricably entangled and not simply inscribed by human agents as advocates of the culturalistic perspective propose. I am arguing that three incorporated domains, landscapes, dreamscapes and personscapes, in the context of pilgrimages, are non-linear, multi-dimensional and often unpredictably interconnected as they come into existence. Five years of ethnographic fieldwork to and at the sacred sites of Mautse, Motouleng and Mantsopa have left no doubt as to the animacy of the sites, these pilgrimages and occasional and more permanent site users. Landscapes, dreamscapes and personscapes are pilgrimage meshworks.

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11. Living the Freedom Attitude and the Focus Question

Steffen, James Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

THE FOLLOWING Monday morning, Carol gave herself a focus period. She took the last card Eleanor had given them and followed it to the letter. She first put all her to-dos in a new holding pen, a simple pad of paper. Then she reviewed her business and personal purposes and set her business and personal—with emphasis on the personal— priorities for the day to come. When she totaled the amount of time she guesstimated each priority would take, she was stunned.

Fourteen hours! she said out loud. No wonder Im frequently frustrated at the end of the day. I just plan too much! I can never get it all done! She thought of Eleanors be honest in the morning or frustrated in the evening principle. With difficulty, she cut her priorities down to seven hours, allowing an hour for the unexpected.

That evening she wore a smile as she drove home. She had accomplished her four priorities. She put her own spin on Eleanors principle: being honest in the morning brings satisfaction in the evening.

Rays biggest opportunity to live his newly acquired freedom attitude came on Tuesday. One of his associates was having trouble in Chicago. The problem was severe enough that it became necessary for Ray to make an unexpected trip there. When things did not go well, he had to spend the night. In the past he would have been very upset, especially because this last-minute trip had resulted in his missing Tammys summer league championship softball game. On the flight home, Ray reflected on his new freedom attitude.

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