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Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse-Five (Paperback, Dell Publishing Co.) 4 stars

Slaughterhouse-Five, also known as The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death is a science fiction …

Content warning war, deaths

Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse-Five (Paperback, Dell Publishing Co.) 4 stars

Slaughterhouse-Five, also known as The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death is a science fiction …

Lionel Merble was a machine. Tralfamadorians, of course, say that every creature and plant in the Universe is a machine. It amuses them that so many Earthlings are offended by the idea of being machines.

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molar-machines filled with organ-machines, and cell-machines, and protein-machines, and the liek

Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari: Anti-Oedipus (Paperback, 2009, Penguin Classics) 4 stars

The molecular unconscious, on the contrary, knows nothing of castration, because partial objects lack nothing and form free multiplicities as such; because the multiple breaks never cease producing flows, instead of repressing them, cutting them at a single stroke—the only break capable of exhausting them; because the syntheses constitute local and nonspecific connections, inclusive disjunctions, nomadic conjunctions: everywhere a microscopic transsexuality, resulting in the woman containing as many men as the man, and the man as many women, all capable of entering—men with women, women with men—into relations of production of desire that overturn the statistical order of the sexes. Making love is not just becoming as one, or even two, but becoming as a hundred thousand. Desiring-machines or the nonhuman sex: not one or even two sexes, but n sexes. Schizoanalysis is the variable analysis of the n sexes in a subject, beyond the anthropomorphic representation that society imposes on this subject, and with which it represents its own sexuality. The schizoanalytic slogan of the desiring-revolution will be first of all: to each its own sexes.

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Powerful ending to a section. It's always kind of interesting to me how queer French works from the 70s could be.

Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari: Anti-Oedipus (Paperback, 2009, Penguin Classics) 4 stars

It is only at the submicroscopic level of desiring-machines that there exists a functionalism—machinic arrangements, an engineering of desire; for it is only there that functioning and formation, use and assembly, product and production merge. All molar functionalism is false, since the organic or social machines are not formed in the same way they function, and the technical machines are not assembled in the same way they are used, but imply precisely the specific conditions that separate their own production from their distinct product. Only what is not produced in the same way it functions has a meaning, and also a purpose, an intention. The desiring-machines on the contrary represent nothing, signify nothing, mean nothing, and are exactly what one makes of them, what is made with them, what they make in themselves.

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I think this is fascinating. One thing that tends to associate post-structuralist thinkers is a rejection/skepticism of representation. I am kind of glad that I read Ian Buchanan's guide to Anti-Oedipus because he mentions that D&G aren't anti-representational as a rule, but that specifically their view of the unconscious is anti-representational. I have now found the section that talks about that.

Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari: Anti-Oedipus (Paperback, 2009, Penguin Classics) 4 stars

What is essential is this double movement whereby Butler drives both arguments beyond their very limits. He shatters the vitalist argument by calling in question the specific or personal unity of the organism, and the mechanist argument even more decisively, by calling in question the structural unity of the machine. It is said that machines do not reproduce themselves, or that they only reproduce themselves through the intermediary of man, but “does any one say that the red clover has no reproductive system because the bumble bee (and the bumble bee only) must aid and abet it before it can reproduce? No one. The bumble bee is a part of the reproductive system of the clover. Each one of ourselves has sprung from minute animalcules whose entity was entirely distinct from our own…. These creatures are part of our reproductive system; then why not we part of that of the machines?… We are misled by considering any complicated machine as a single thing; in truth it is a city or a society, each member of which was bred truly after its kind. We see a machine as a whole, we call it by a name and individualize it; we look at our own limbs, and know that the combination forms an individual which springs from a single centre of reproductive action; we therefore assume that there can be no reproductive action which does not arise from a single center; but this assumption is unscientific, and the bare fact that no vapour-engine was ever made entirely by another, or two others, of its own kind, is not sufficient to warrant us in saying that vapour-engines have no reproductive system. The truth is that each part of every vapour-engine is bred by its own special breeders, whose function is to breed that part, and that only, while the combination of the parts into a whole forms another department of the mechanical reproductive system.”

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I like when they talk about vitalism quite a bit. I feel like there is this anthropocentric impulse to separate humans for other things in how they operate/their significance, that begrugingly associates humans with other animals through our common behaviors and evolutionary lineages.

I like that D&G push back against that. We are machinic in our operations, it's just that macro-machinic entities are composes of machines which are composed of machines and so on.

To them it seems like what is meant by a machine is something that takes in and manipulates (and breaks) flows and produces other flows. Like flows of food, water, gasoline, water or flows of waste, electricity, motion (reminder: need to get back to Nail's "Matter and Motion").

I think the problem becomes when people start to say that biological machines ARE other types of machines. Like saying that the human brain IS a computer. Just …

Jack Kerouac, Howard Cunnell: On the Road (2007, Viking Adult) 3 stars

On the Road is a 1957 novel by American writer Jack Kerouac, based on the …

I shambled after as I’ve been doing all my life after people who interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes “Awww!”

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Yeh, I feel that. This is a thing that is felt by me.