Consumption, Performance, and 'The Agony of Eros'

Consumption, Performance, and 'The Agony of Eros'

By Gregory Smith

Byung-Chul Han argues that love, sex, and even theory are disappearing in consumer cultures because our systems of finances and behaviors erode the Other in favor of sameness. 18 Aug 2017 // 9:30 AM

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//Recent Reviews

10 Feb 2006 // 1:00 AM

Firewall (2006)

Is there any role that Mary Lynn Rajskub can't make strange? I mean, delightfully and eloquently strange?"

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The Boys of Baraka (2006) - PopMatters Film Review
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The titular subjects are four (of 20) Baltimore at-risk students selected to attend the Baraka School in Kenya. The film displays some of this extraordinary experience without making any of it cheap or simplistic.

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10 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Pink Panther

Jean Reno gets the prize for infinite patience, as he maintains an admirable serenity amid the frenzy, perhaps especially when clobbering Clouseau.

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Rollie Pemberton, writer, turns into Cadence Weapon, rapper, for an album as two-faced as the man behind it.

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10 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Back after a 40-year hiatus, early musique concrète pioneer returns with a three part collection of eerily manipulated shortwave radio noise, of which this is the second part.

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10 Feb 2006 // 12:00 AM

Moreau: Nova Scotia

Have you ever wondered what it's like to use an entire stick of butter on one piece of toast? Moreau explore this delicacy and others on their latest.

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Various: I am the Resurrection

The transfiguration of John Fahey from a folk guitarist into the pantheon of great American composers, delivered through interpretations of his work by a group of oddball independent artists like himself.

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Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers: Pandelirium

On album number three, the Shakers show no signs of slowing down, but some kudzu is starting to grow on their cartoony Southern goth shtick

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Long-forgotten 1970s singer-songwriter, excavated from obscurity by reissues label, deserves a second (or first, really) look.

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Luke Doucet: Broken (And Other Rogue States)

It's still a real shame that absurdly talented writers and performers like Luke Doucet are condemned to fly well below the popular radar.

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U2's 'The Joshua Tree' Tour Reminds the Audience of their Politics

// Notes from the Road

"The Joshua Tree tour highlights U2's classic album with an epic and unforgettable new experience.

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