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Magick High & Low



The Queen of Tunis, Quentin Massys

QWERTY 2912 = SHE THAT IS QUEEN OF TUNIS; SHE THAT DWELLS / TEN LEAGUES BEYOND MAN'S LIFE; SHE THAT FROM NAPLES / CAN HAVE NO NOTE, UNLESS THE SUN WERE POST-- / THE MAN I' THE MOON'S TOO SLOW--TILL NEW-BORN CHINS / BE ROUGH AND RAZORABLE; SHE THAT--FROM WHOM? / WE ALL WERE SEA-SWALLOW'D, THOUGH SOME CAST AGAIN, / AND BY THAT DESTINY TO PERFORM AN ACT / WHEREOF WHAT'S PAST IS PROLOGUE, WHAT TO COME / IN YOURS AND MY DISCHARGE = THIS, OF COURSE, IS A MINOR MACULA IN THE MENTAL LIFE OF A MINOR MAN. BUT IT HAS MADE ME ACUTELY AWARE OF HIGH AND LOW. AND IS IT SIMPLY A COINCIDENCE THAT I, IN LIFE AS WELL, CHOSE THE LOW, AND ATTACK THE HIGH? CHOOSE POVERTY, AND BARK AT WEALTH? CHOOSE LOW LIFE THROUGH WHICH TO LIGHT MY CANDLE OF HIGH CULTURE AND WEND MY WAY THROUGH A LABYRINTH OF GUTTERS, TO WHAT END I CAN'T EVEN TELL YOU? (A harlot high and low · Thursday, January 07, 2010).

QWERTY 765 = JAMESON PROCEEDS TO PINPOINT A NUMBER OF SYMPTOMS THAT HE ASSOCIATES WITH THE POSTMODERN CONDITION (Modules on Jameson) = CHAPTER 8 OF W.W. ROUSE BALL'S "MATHEMATICAL RECREATIONS" (5TH ED., 1911) IS DEVOTED TO "UNICURSAL PROBLEMS" ({774} Magick: Liber ABA, book four, parts I-IV) = IN A SECULAR AGE, AN AUTHENTIC MIRACLE MUST PURPORT TO BE A HOAX, IN ORDER TO GAIN CREDIT IN THE WORLD (Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter, 1984) = OF ALL THE INSTRUMENTS OF PRODUCTION, THE GREATEST PRODUCTIVE POWER IS THE REVOLUTIONARY CLASS ITSELF (The Poverty of Philosophy) = SCHIZOANALYSIS CAN BE REPRESENTED BY FOUR CIRCULAR COMPONENTS THAT BUD AND FORM RHIZOMES (A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia) = UNTO WHOM I FASTENED PILLARS OF GLADNESS 19 AND GAVE THEM VESSELS TO WATER THE EARTH WITH ALL HER CREATURES (Enochian 5th Key) = WHEN WE TOOK THAT PLEDGE IT SAID NO MATTER WHAT. YOU NEVER CALL IT QUITS WHEN YOU'RE AN ASTRONAUT! (The Backyardigans: Astronauts Never Give Up).

QWERTY 1664 = AFTER THEY DROVE THE CAR INTO THE DITCH, MADE IT AS DIFFICULT AS POSSIBLE FOR US TO PULL IT BACK, NOW THEY WANT THE KEYS BACK. NO. YOU CAN'T DRIVE. WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO GO BACK INTO THE DITCH. WE JUST GOT THE CAR OUT = CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PURCHASE OF A NEW NODE! THIS USER'S GUIDE WILL HELP YOU THROUGH YOUR BASIC INSTALLATION AND SETUP. SOME ASSEMBLY IS REQUIRED, AND TOOLS ARE NOT INCLUDED (STANDARD SSRMS, CBM, HEX WRENCH, ETC) (STS-130/20A • FD 14 Execute Package) = O BEAUTIFUL FOR PATRIOT DREAM THAT SEES BEYOND THE YEARS THINE ALABASTER CITIES GLEAM UNDIMMED BY HUMAN TEARS! AMERICA! AMERICA! GOD SHED HIS GRACE ON THEE AND CROWN THY GOOD WITH BROTHERHOOD FROM SEA TO SHINING SEA!

QWERTY 3898 = THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE BEEN MARKED BY AN INVERTED MILLENARIANISM IN WHICH PREMONITIONS OF THE FUTURE, CATASTROPHIC OR REDEMPTIVE, HAVE BEEN REPLACED BY SENSES OF THE END OF THIS OR THAT (THE END OF IDEOLOGY, ART, OR SOCIAL CLASS; THE "CRISIS" OF LENINISM, SOCIAL DEMOCRACY, OR THE WELFARE STATE, ETC., ETC.); TAKEN TOGETHER, ALL OF THESE PERHAPS CONSTITUTE WHAT IS INCREASINGLY CALLED POSTMODERNISM. THE CASE FOR ITS EXISTENCE DEPENDS ON THE HYPOTHESIS OF SOME RADICAL BREAK OR COUPURE, GENERALLY TRACED BACK TO THE END OF THE 1950S OR THE EARLY 1960S (Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism • Fredric Jameson (1991)) = BATAILLE CAPTURES A PROFOUND LINK BETWEEN THE SACRED AND THE EROTIC WITH REGARD TO THEIR BOTH BEING LINKED WITH TABOOS AND THEIR TRANSGRESSION AS OPPOSED TO HABITUAL 'WORK MENTALITY' AND ESTABLISHED ORDER. THE EXCESSIVE DIMENSION HIGHLIGHTED BY BATAILLE IS COMPLEMENTED IN THE WORK OF LAPLANCHE ABOUT SEXUALITY AS OPPOSED TO 'FUNCTIONAL', SELF-PRESERVATIVE EGO NEEDS, AND THE EXCESS OF THE 'ENIGMATIC MESSAGE' TRANSMITTED BY THE MOTHER WHILE SATISFYING THE INFANT'S EGO NEEDS THAT ESTABLISHES THE INFANT'S UNCONSCIOUS AND SEXUALITY (The Poignant, the Excessive and the Enigmatic in Sexuality).

QWERTY 3909 = THE LAST FEW YEARS HAVE BEEN MARKED BY AN INVERTED MILLENNARIANISM, IN WHICH PREMONITIONS OF THE FUTURE, CATASTROPHIC OR REDEMPTIVE, HAVE BEEN REPLACED BY SENSES OF THE END OF THIS OR THAT (THE END OF IDEOLOGY, ART, OR SOCIAL CLASS; THE 'CRISIS' OF LENINISM, SOCIAL DEMOCRACY, OR THE WELFARE STATE, ETC., ETC.): TAKEN TOGETHER, ALL OF THESE PERHAPS CONSTITUTE WHAT IS INCREASINGLY CALLED POSTMODERNISM. THE CASE FOR ITS EXISTENCE DEPENDS ON THE HYPOTHESIS OF SOME RADICAL BREAK OR COUPURE, GENERALLY TRACED BACK TO THE END OF THE 1950S OR THE EARLY 1960S (Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism • Fredric Jameson • New Left Review I/146, July-August 1984) = SUCH RADICALITY COULD BE LESS EASILY ASCRIBED TO SCHELLING, AND MOST READILY TO HÖLDERLIN, FOR WHOM POLITICAL COMMUNITY IS A CRUCIAL STAGE IN THE "HIGHER NEXUS OF LIFE" THAT IS ACHIEVED THROUGH LOVE ALONE. YET HÖLDERLIN CAN ALSO BE CRITICAL OF HIS OWN UTOPIAN TENDENCY: "WHAT HAS TURNED THE STATE INTO A HELL," CRIES THE NARRATOR OF HÖLDERLIN'S HYPERION, "IS THE FACT THAT HUMAN BEINGS WANTED TO MAKE IT THEIR HEAVEN" (DKV 2:40). HE ADDS: "THE STATE IS NOTHING MORE THAN THE ROUGH HUSK WRAPPED AROUND THE KERNEL OF LIFE" (IBID.) WELL, THEN, PERHAPS IT SHOULD CEASE? (The Tragic Absolute: German Idealism and the Languishing of God, 31) = (NOUN) A COVER STORY TO EXPLAIN AN ACTION OR BEHAVIOR. "BEATING AROUND THE BUSH" :: USAGE: ONCE WE EXHAUST ALL MAIN NARRATIVE POSSIBILITIES, ONCE WE ARE CONFRONTED WITH THE CLOSED MATRIX OF ALL POSSIBLE PERMUTATIONS OF THE BASIC MATRIX UNDERLYING THE EXPLICIT SCENARIO WE STARTED WITH, WE ARE BOUND TO GENERATE ALSO THE UNDERLYING "FUNDAMENTAL FANTASY" IN ITS UNDISTORTED, "NON- SUBLIMATED," EMBARRASSINGLY OUTRIGHT FORM, I.E. NOT YET DISPLACED, OBFUSCATED BY "SECONDARY PERLABORATIONS": SLAVO ŽIŽEK IN THE CYBERSPACE REAL (Perlaboration).

QWERTY 433 = POSTMODERNISM, OR, THE CULTURAL LOGIC OF LATE CAPITALISM = THE WAGER HERE IS THAT THERE IS, AFTER ALL, SOMETHING TO REINVENT.

QWERTY 1152 = CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR PURCHASE OF A NEW NODE! THIS USER'S GUIDE WILL HELP YOU THROUGH YOUR BASIC INSTALLATION AND SETUP. SOME ASSEMBLY IS REQUIRED = A STRAIGHT LINE WHICH A CURVE APPROACHES ARBITRARILY CLOSELY, BUT NEVER REACHES, AS THEY GO TO INFINITY. THE LIMIT OF THE CURVE, ITS TANGENT "AT INFINITY" = CF. TUCHE-TECHNE, AN ANTITHESIS RECONCILED (AS HORACE SEEKS TO DO IN AP) BY THE VERSE ATTRIBUTED TO THE FIFTH-CENTURY PLAYWRIGHT AGATHON: τέχνη τύχην ἔστερξε καὶ τύχη τέχνην (ARIST. EN 6 1140A) (Ad Unguem, Armand J. D'Angour) = EVEN TO SEASONED PRACTITIONERS WE PROPOSE AN ELEMENTARY PROCEDURE, AMOUNTING TO ANALYSIS IN THE MOST LITERAL SENSE (FROM ANAS, MEANING THINGS, AND LYSEIN, TO DISSOLVE = FOR OUT OF THE OLDE FIELDES, AS MEN SAITH, COMETH ALL THIS NEW CORN FORM YEARE TO YEARE, AND OUT OF OLDE BOOKES; IN GOOD FAITH, COMETH ALL THIS NEW SCIENCE THAT MEN LERE.

QWERTY 1663 = TO PUT THIS "ALCHEMICAL" SEQUENCE IN SUCCINCT FORM: STUDY GENERATES KNOWLEDGE; KNOWLEDGE PREPARES LOVE; LOVE, SIMILARITY; SIMILARITY, COMMUNION; COMMUNION, VIRTUE; VIRTUE, DIGNITY, DIGNITY, POWER; AND POWER PERFORMS THE MIRACLE (Trithemius and Magical Theology) = THIS EPISODE ATTRACTS THE ATTENTION OF THE RIEMANN HYPOTHESIS; ONE OF MOST IMPORTANT UNSOLVED PROBLEMS IN MATHEMATICS, WHICH HAS BEEN AN OPEN QUESTION FOR ALMOST 150 YEARS, DESPITE THE EFFORT OF MANY RESPECTED MATHEMATICIANS.

QWERTY 145 = AXIS OF THE ABSCISSAE = FULL THUNDER MOON = CAPITALIST REALISM = CHRIST MONOGRAM = CUPS FOR A WEDDING (Enochian 2nd Key) = DIAGRAM OF THE HEAVENS = LIBIDINAL ECONOMY = SPACE TECHNOLOGY.

QWERTY 3995 = LET'S NOT BEAT AROUND THE BUSH: FISHER'S COMPULSIVELY READABLE BOOK IS SIMPLY THE BEST DIAGNOSIS OF OUR PREDICAMENT THAT WE HAVE! THROUGH EXAMPLES FROM DAILY LIFE AND POPULAR CULTURE, BUT WITHOUT SACRIFICING THEORETICAL STRINGENCY, HE PROVIDES A RUTHLESS PORTRAIT OF OUR IDEOLOGICAL MISERY. ALTHOUGH THE BOOK IS WRITTEN FROM A RADICALLY LEFT PERSPECTIVE, FISHER OFFERS NO EASY SOLUTIONS. CAPITALIST REALISM IS A SOBERING CALL FOR PATIENT THEORETICAL AND POLITICAL WORK. IT ENABLES US TO BREATHE FREELY IN OUR STICKY ATMOSPHERE —SLAVOJ ŽIŽEK = MY INTIAL MOTIVES FOR WRITING THE BOOK WERE TO ALERT A GOOD FRIEND OR TWO; THAT THE RECEIVED VERSION OF HISTORY, WHICH WE HAD ACCEPTED LARGELY ON FAITH, WAS IN DEED AT SEVERE ODDS WITH NEW EVIDENCE THAT WAS BEGINNING TO EMERGE FROM DIVERSE SOURCES. BUT WHAT WAS INITIALLY INTENDED TO BE ONLY AN ARTICLE OF PERHAPS 30 PAGES, UNRAVELLED INTO A 5 YEAR PLUS RESEARCH PROJECT, BECAUSE THE SUBJECT MATTER WAS SO FAR REACHING, SO CONNECTED. THE OUTCOME BLOSSOMED INTO SOMETHING OF AN OPUS WHICH I SOON REALISED SHOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE TO A WIDER AUDIENCE.

QWERTY 3276 = ONCE WE EXHAUST ALL MAIN NARRATIVE POSSIBILITIES, ONCE WE ARE CONFRONTED WITH THE CLOSED MATRIX OF ALL POSSIBLE PERMUTATIONS OF THE BASIC MATRIX UNDERLYING THE EXPLICIT SCENARIO WE STARTED WITH, WE ARE BOUND TO GENERATE ALSO THE UNDERLYING "FUNDAMENTAL FANTASY" IN ITS UNDISTORTED, "NON-SUBLIMATED," EMBARRASSINGLY OUTRIGHT FORM, I.E. NOT YET DISPLACED, OBFUSCATED BY "SECONDARY PERLABORATIONS": SLAVO ŽIŽEK IN THE CYBERSPACE REAL (PerlaborationThe Cyberspace Real) = THIS MODERN RETELLING OF THE CLASSIC FAIRYTALE FOLLOWS A BEAUTIFUL COLLEGE FRESHMAN AS SHE PLEDGES HER LATE MOTHER'S ONCE DIGNIFIED SORORITY. BUT AFTER DISCOVERING THAT TODAY'S SISTERHOOD IS NOT WHAT IT USED TO BE, SYDNEY FINDS HER NEW HOME AWAY FROM HOME WITH SEVEN OUTCASTS. WITH THE HELP OF HER SOCIALLY CHALLENGED NEW FRIENDS, SYDNEY WILL TAKE ON THE REIGNING CAMPUS QUEEN TO ATTEMPT TO TRANSFORM THE SCHOOL'S MISGUIDED SOCIAL HIERARCHY (Sydney White).

QWERTY 299 = CAPITALIST REALISM: IS THERE NO ALTERNATIVE? = RULES FOR RADICAL CHANGE IN A DIGITAL ERA = SET OFF A FIRESTORM OF CRITICISM INSIDE NSA = TEACHING THE CLAUSEWITZIAN TRINITY = TERMS OF FIDELITY (SUBJECT OF A FIDELITY) = THE AMERICANS CONTROL WHAT THEY SEE = THE SITUATION NOW REQUIRES ATTENTION = THE UNICORN DIPS HIS HORN INTO THE WATER.

QWERTY 3947 = LET'S NOT BEAT AROUND THE BUSH: FISHER'S COMPULSIVELY READABLE BOOK IS SIMPLY THE BEST DIAGNOSIS OF OUR PREDICAMENT THAT WE HAVE! THROUGH EXAMPLES FROM DAILY LIFE AND POPULAR CULTURE, BUT WITHOUT SACRIFICING THEORETICAL STRINGENCY, HE PROVIDES A RUTHLESS PORTRAIT OF OUR IDEOLOGICAL MISERY. ALTHOUGH THE BOOK IS WRITTEN FROM A RADICALLY LEFT PERSPECTIVE, FISHER OFFERS NO EASY SOLUTIONS. CAPITALIST REALISM IS A SOBERING CALL FOR PATIENT THEORETICAL AND POLITICAL WORK. IT ENABLES US TO BREATHE FREELY IN OUR STICKY ATMOSPHERE = PROJECT GULF IMPACT IS IN BETWEEN. FLOATING SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE OF A VENN DIAGRAM BETWEEN ACTIVISM, JOURNALISM, DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING, SOCIAL MEDIA, AND TRYING TO ACCURATELY CONVEY WHAT'S ACTUALLY GOING ON IN THE GULF OF MEXICO. "IT WOULD BE ADDING A CRIME TO A CRIME," THAD ALLEN SAID, "IF WE DIDN'T MAKE THIS ONE OF THE GREAT LEARNING LABORATORIES IN THE HISTORY OF THIS COUNTRY." AND INDEED WE ARE. PGI HAS BEEN TOLD, INTERVIEW AFTER INTERVIEW, THAT THIS IS "THE GRAND EXPERIMENT." I DON'T FIND "GRAND" TO BE THE CHOICE WORD, BUT YOU GET THE IDEA (Project Gulf Impact - "I Thought We Were Supposed To Be Telling The Truth").

QWERTY 1179 = I'M CERTAIN MARK'S BOOK WILL BE EXCELLENT READING, BUT IT HAS ALREADY ACHIEVED ONE SIGNIFICANT FEAT: GETTING ZIZEK TO WRITE A REASONABLY HYPERBOLIC BLURB... (No Useless Leniency - Blurb realism) = FIGURE 142 IS ALSO FROM CARTHAGE AND THE VARIOUS SYMBOLS APPEAR TO HAVE BECOME COMPRESSED INTO AND AND SYNTHESIZED IN THE FORM OF A PECULIARLY EVIL- LOOKING CADUCEUS = HE SPOKE WITH THE ABSOLUTE AUTHORITY WHICH COMES FROM PROFOUND AND PERFECT KNOWLEDGE. AND, AS I SAT AND LISTENED, I FOUND MY FAITH FIXED BY THE FORCE OF FACTS = IMU STAR OF OPPORTUNITY ALIGN: DISCOVERY (OV-103) + ATLANTIS (OV-104) + ENDEAVOUR (OV-105) <> FOMALHAUT (20-JUN-09 @ 12:02:29UT) + REGULUS (29-NOV-11 @ 20:17:42UT) + ALDEBARAN (03-OCT-14 @ 19:00:22UT + ANTARES (01-MAR-17 @ 03:29:17UT) = MAY I PLEASE PROSTRATE MYSELF IN A POSTURE OF UTTER ABJECTION? I HAD NEVER IMAGINED THE POSSIBILITY THAT I MIGHT BE QUESTIONING SUCH A SUBLIME AUTHORITY - NICK = TERM USED IN THE MAFIA FOR A HIGH RANKING MADE MEMBER OF A CRIME FAMILY WHO HEADS A "CREW" OF SOLDIERS AND HAS MAJOR SOCIAL STATUS AND INFLUENCE IN THE ORGANIZATION (Caporegime).

Chapter 4 Reflexive impotence, immobilization and liberal communism :: Reflexive Impotence {April 11, 2006} :: unstated worldview; pathologization already forecloses any possibility of politicization; any question of social systemic causation is ruled out; depressive hedonia; Kafka/Delueze & Postscript on Societies of Control & Indefinite Postponement; Control only works if you are complicit with it; CCRU once described schools as 'concentration camps', spaces in which bodies were confined, subdued and forced to concentrate; Burroughs & Control Addict; post-disciplinary framework; Foucault & Discipline; falling into hedonic (or anhedonic) lassitude: the soft narcosis, the simstim eternity, the comfort food oblivion of Playstation; education & market imperatives; the mismatch between a post-literate 'New Flesh' that is 'too wired to concentrate' and the confining, concentrational logics of decaying disciplinary systems… … … … … …

QWERTY 6340 = GOOD MORNING. IN LESS THAN AN HOUR, AIRCRAFT FROM HERE WILL JOIN OTHERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. AND YOU WILL BE LAUNCHING THE LARGEST AERIAL BATTLE IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND. "MANKIND." THAT WORD SHOULD HAVE NEW MEANING FOR ALL OF US TODAY. WE CAN'T BE CONSUMED BY OUR PETTY DIFFERENCES ANYMORE. WE WILL BE UNITED IN OUR COMMON INTERESTS. PERHAPS IT'S FATE THAT TODAY IS THE FOURTH OF JULY, AND YOU WILL ONCE AGAIN BE FIGHTING FOR OUR FREEDOM… NOT FROM TYRANNY, OPPRESSION, OR PERSECUTION… BUT FROM ANNIHILATION. WE ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR RIGHT TO LIVE. TO EXIST. AND SHOULD WE WIN THE DAY, THE FOURTH OF JULY WILL NO LONGER BE KNOWN AS AN AMERICAN HOLIDAY, BUT AS THE DAY THE WORLD DECLARED IN ONE VOICE: "WE WILL NOT GO QUIETLY INTO THE NIGHT!" WE WILL NOT VANISH WITHOUT A FIGHT! WE'RE GOING TO LIVE ON! WE'RE GOING TO SURVIVE! TODAY WE CELEBRATE OUR INDEPENDENCE DAY! = I REIGN OVER YOU, SAYETH THE GOD OF JUSTICE, IN POWER EXALTED ABOVE THE FIRMAMENTS OF WRATH. IN WHOSE HANDS THE SUN IS AS A SWORD, AND THE MOON AS A THROUGH-THRUSTING FIRE; WHICH MEASURED YOUR GARMENTS IN THE MIDST OF MY VESTURES, AND TRUSSED YOU TOGETHER AS THE PALMS OF MY HANDS. WHOSE SEATS I GARNISHED WITH THE FIRE OF GATHERING AND BEAUTIFIED YOUR GARMENTS WITH ADMIRATION; TO WHOM I MADE A LAW TO GOVERN THE HOLY ONES, AND DELIVERED YOU A ROD WITH THE ARK OF KNOWLEDGE. MOREOVER YOU LIFTED YOUR VOICES AND SWORE OBEDIENCE AND FAITH TO HIM THAT LIVES AND TRIUMPHS, WHOSE BEGINNING IS NOT NOR END CAN NOT BE; WHICH SHINES AS A FLAME IN THE MIDST OF YOUR PALACE AND REIGNS AMONG YOU AS THE BALANCEOF RIGHTEOUSNESS AND TRUTH! MOVE THEREFORE AND SHOW YOURSELVES! OPEN THE MYSTERIES OF YOUR CREATION! BE FRIENDLY TO ME FOR I AM THE SERVANT OF YOUR GOD A TRUE WORSHIPER OF THE HIGHEST!

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