Françoise Meltzer: The Ethics of Ruin

Dr. Françoise Meltzer has had a long, amazing academic career. She received her B.A. in 1969 at Ohio University (with time spent at Universitäts Freiburg in Breisgau) and this was followed by her M.A. and Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 1971 and 1975 respectively. She has taught at a number of institutions … Continue reading

Forty-Sixth Bedtime Story: Long Live The Bedtime Stories!!

Ode to Things by Pablo Neruda, read by SW.

John Nyman’s Theory Session: The Rhizomatic Supplement: Erasure in Poetry and Theory

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17TH: 3:30, SOMERVILLE 2348 This presentation will explore relationships between the poetic/aesthetic technique of erasure (in which a new work is produced through the acknowledged suppression of parts of a previous work, often by a different author) and the meaning of erasure in theoretical discourse, especially Jacques Derrida’s use, following Martin Heidegger, of … Continue reading

Andre Pietsch Lima: On Creative Processes (Simondon/Deleuze)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15th, 3:30, SOMERVILLE 2348 This lecture aims to correlate individuation (as defined in the work of Simondon and Deleuze) with the processes of artistic creation. The double articulation Artaud-Kafka (and a particular dialogue of the dead) does not escape the text’s eye. We will look, too, to Glenn Gould, as he takes up … Continue reading

Mikhail Pozdniakov’s Theory Session: 3 October, 3:30pm

PROGRESSIVE HISTORY, GEOMETRY, HALLUCINATION “… the metamorphic aspect is most interesting. But pictorial metamorphosis of one item into the next is only one part of these compositions. … Such images portray the effects of the perceptual action that is necessary for things to be viewed in terms of progress. The most basic and important capacity … Continue reading


Chiasma: A Site For Thought; Issue #2 Call For Papers

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This term’s Theory Sessions!

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dross: (de)compositions

Last year Jon Nyman organized a creative writing workshop group that met throughout the year and, in the end, produced a small publication: dross: (de)compositions. The collection contains poems by Geoffrey Morrison, John Nyman, Derek Shank and Nathan TeBokkel as well as a short story by Brittany Harnum and illustrations by Joshua TeBokkel. Copies can … Continue reading

“Jimmy, we hardly knew ye” (from

This is a bit old now, but it is another excellent musing from Allan Pero. Check out Allan’s blog here: Allan’s post also reminds me of the essay ‘Ceremony’ by Ander Monson (I could only find an excerpt of it here). For an inverse take on the issue of dying politicians, I invite you … Continue reading

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