Ties into Rene Girard’s scapegoat mechanism. We demonize what we perceived as “other,” not because the “other” is different, but because it creates a lack of difference between systems that want to maintain their separate integrities. The other is blamed for the chaos it supposedly creates, and an individual other is conflated with a collective other. The microcosm takes on the totality of the macrocosm.

And she is still harassing the Orland Park Public Library!




Mimetic Margins

It is often said that René Girard is like “the Einstein or Darwin of the social sciences or the humanities.” According to Girard, however, the social sciences as such as they came to flourish in the West’s modern age, and his own contributions are only possible because of a “superior” knowledge revealed in Judeo-Christian tradition. Jean-Pierre Dupuy puts Girard’s claim this way in his book The Mark of the Sacred – which is in many ways a further development of Girard’s main ideas:

Only a madman or a crackpot, disregarding all the conventions of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, could make the following outrageous claims today: That the history of humanity, considered in its entirety, and in spite – or rather because – of its sound and fury, has a meaning. That this meaning is accessible to us, and although a science of mankind now exists, it is…

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Amen, Hallelujah.


The Two Cocks (J. de La Fontaine)

Posted: November 15, 2014 in November 2014

Mimetic Margins

Benoît Chantre, co-author of René Girard’s Achever Clausewitz (Battling to the End), made a reference to the fable of Les Deux Coqs (The Two Cocks) by Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695) at a conference in Paris. René Girard gave a lecture at the Centre Pompidou (March 30, 2005) a good week after he became one of the “immortals” of the Académie française (March 17, 2005). Benoît Chantre humorously and aptly ended the gathering by quoting some lines of the famous French poet, one of Girard’s predecessors in the Academy.

The fable is about mimetic rivalry between two men (“cocks”) over a woman (a “hen”) – indeed a rivalry that sparked more than one (“Trojan”) war in human history. Note that, at the end, La Fontaine suggests a new potential cycle of mimetic rivalry, this time of women over a man…

Deux Coqs vivaient en paix:…

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Now I would like to read the piece this post responds to, which piece is deconstructing deconstruction to claim something that is could be argued is ultimately structuralist?

My head spinneth. The effect is not unlike the crazy retro colors below.



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Underrated. Forgotten. Neglected. Unknown.

Call them what you will. Re-discovering such divas has always been the pride of Opera Queens the world round, just like hipster punks staking their claim on discovering the coolest, unknown bands. But, back in the day it took the divining powers to wade through the sea of “pirates”! Today, we all know a quick click on youtube takes us places that it would require months of recording research to get to in the past.

So, I’m pleased to share a series of some notable, and some great “would be stars today” divas, suffering from varying degrees of neglect in posterity. No, I’m not talking about Gencer, Cerquetti, Souliotis, or Deutekom…they’re too easy, and hardly forgotten any longer. I’m focusing on dramatic and spinto sopranos (plus a bonus mezzo and baritone), billed by me as Divas With Cojones! Since they are among the rarest operatic fachs

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Trash Treasures of New York City

If you’ve seen, read or heard of “Mommie Dearest,” you know Joan Crawford is infamous for physically and verbally abusing her four adopted children. It’s a bit of a chilling story. So when I went on a Park Avenue garbage removal job and found (what I think are) 1966 signed head shots and a news clipping documenting her daughter’s wedding, in which she was the matron of honor, I was a pretty fascinated.

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Girls Do Film

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This post is part of the Diamonds & Gold blogathon, hosted by Caftan Woman and Wide Screen World. There are so many wonderful entries, be sure to have a read of them!

They don’t make ‘em like they used to.

An oft-used cliche, especially when it comes to classic film, but one that applies in so many ways to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Robert Aldrich’s much-loved, cult classic. So much of Baby Jane is a product of its time, from the well-developed roles for older actress to the female-dominated cast and the well publicised spat between the two leading ladies, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. It’s impossible to imagine a film like this being made today: two ‘older’ actress, one who clearly isn’t looking her best, embroiled in a battle of psychological wills that doesn’t stem from a love triangle or a broken relationship.

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The movie…

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