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Vineland (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
Thomas Pynchon
Tristes Tropiques
John Weightman, Doreen Weightman, Patrick Wilcken, Claude Lévi-Strauss
Richard III
William Shakespeare
The Dwarf
Alexandra Dick, Pär Lagerkvist
The Collected Poems of Wilfred Owen
Wilfred Owen, Cecil Day-Lewis
Richard Wolin
Giotto to Dürer: Early Renaissance Painting in the National Gallery
Jill Dunkerton, Susan Foister, Dillian Gordon, Nicholas Penny
Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics
Hubert L. Dreyfus, Paul Rabinow
Gravity's Rainbow
Thomas Pynchon
A Gravity's Rainbow Companion: Sources and Contexts for Pynchon's Novel
Steven Weisenburger
Welcome to the Desert of the Real: Five Essays on September 11 and Related Dates - Slavoj Žižek This is quite interesting. This brief book, which contains a series of six largely 'political' essays written after (and largely about) 9/11, is generally accessible, full of sometimes remarkable insights, though certainly repetitive, and an excellent point of entry for starting in on Zizek. There is stuff that is useless -- for example, giving "readings" of Sophocles' Antigone as a method for extracting some philosophical item or nugget that has about as much to do with Sophocles or Antigone as does a ham sandwich -- and, on the other hand, the utterly fascinating insights in ch. 4: "From Homo Sucker to Homo Sacer" -- which essay is alone worth the price of this book.

Zizek -- not that I should be making generalizations based on one small volume -- seems like the guy who is channelling, mediumistically the Spectacle, and who simply lets it run out unchecked uncensored from all his principal orificies... only that (unlike with a writer like Baudrillard) it is filtered and prism'd through a hard and *resistent* ideology -- which is precisely the justification for indulging in his logorrheic hyperpublication hyperpublicization hyper...zizakization...

His mind is like a mirror bearing witness to the Spectacle..., and showing us all that it is cracked.