Five Olympiads Later

(why do we find additional meaning or significance in round, often base-ten anniversaries?)


Sunny Day

Giorgio Agamben, The Coming Community:

"Love is never directed toward this or that property of the loved one (being blond, being small, being tender, being lame), but neither does it neglect the properties in favor of an insipid generality (universal love): The lover wants the loved one with all of its predicates, its being such as it is. The lover desires the as only insofar as it is such — this is the lover's particular fetishism" (p.2).

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"Whatever singularity, which wants to appropriate belonging itself, its own being-in-language, and thus rejects all identity and every condition of belonging, is the principal enemy of the State. Wherever these singularities peacefully demonstrate their being in common there will be a Tiananmen, and, sooner or later, the tanks will appear" (p.87).


5 responses to Five Olympiads Later

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  1. e says:

    you should have been there yesterday, you would have freaked out, as i did… completely non-invisible surveillance everywhere, someone joked about 10 officers to 1 visitor but i think it was even more… green clothes (army), blue clothes (police), plain clothes, even tourist uniforms, but the gait was too revealing… everywhere everywhere everywhere. spooky… i saw one chinese boy get taken away for wearing a white flower on his shirt, another man not taken away because his shirt his said "?" (forget), and two americans who i think were passing out some kind of printed matter and had their passports confiscated and then themselves taken away in a black car… other strange things i cannot understand myself yet nor talk about clearly…

  2. sportsbabel says:

    white flowers, ?forgetting: isn't this style played at the highest stakes?

  3. e says:

    sorry i wrote that in a moment of in-betweenness and didn't explain clearly… 10 officers to one visitors and we said no no that can't be must be 10 visitors to one officer, but later, maybe towards closing time anyway, i thought it could have been up to one-to-one, still kind of shocking… didn't think about these small initiatives as 'style' but indeed fashion-minded they are, which is about all one can muster, and so brave even at that, in such circumstances… the "?" can register, at least on the official bill, as ambiguous…

  4. sportsbabel says:

    brave, yes … there is a particular courage required to be the star athlete:

    "A star's style is always a provocation to the referee, who must scrutinize and judge barely tangible extras that amount to very little separately but, as disproportionately effective channelings of potential, add up to an advantage. If the provocation goes too far, new rules need to be invented to subsume the modulation devices" (Brian Massumi, Parables for the Virtual, p.77).

    hope the logs have been moved?

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