practices and ideas about ripening our inherent potential as humans
There is no outside, and this is how it is outside, how it puts me outside myself: this is the experience of pleasure. There is perhaps no better definition of jouissance and relation than the intimacy of infinity and the infinity of intimacy. Intimacy is the superlative of interiority (interior intimo meo: perhaps the whole … Continue reading Excerpts of Jean-Luc Nancy—Corpus II: Writings on Sexuality
Generally speaking, no one would feel immediately comfortable today claiming the position of prophet. Naturally, the prophet has not altogether disappeared from Western culture. Excerpts of "Creation and Salvation" by Giorgio Agamben,Nudities, (SUP: 2011). Edited by Thomas Marconi. Prophets disappear early on in Western history. In as much as the Messiah appeared on … Continue reading critical prophecy, that is to say, philosophy
Juicy Philosophy: A way of life for ripening human organisms For us to understand some ways for philosophy to be juicy—more mouthwateringly fruitful for our lives—let's consider what juicy suggests and why human organisms have this cultural activity called philosophy. Then we can consider what philosophy is and how it may benefit us in more … Continue reading Juicy philosophy: A way of life for ripening human organisms
An aspect of the practice of flavor play that is quite important is the final part when we begin to speak about our experiences, though it may be subtly obvious as to why this is the case. While we are speaking about our experiences of flavors, we are developing our capacity to communicate. Flavor play … Continue reading Practicing Juicy Philosophy: Playing with your food, playing with your words
introducing flavor play to licensed dieticians in San FranciscoThis is my first post to The virtual table: an online discussion for companions of flavor play. Those who are companions of flavor play are invited to participate in this discussion, sharing their experiences of the practice and any reflections that may arise. This is the beginning … Continue reading introducing flavor play to licensed dieticians in San Francisco
Since my last blog commenting on an op ed piece about the negative cultural consequences of "foodism," I found a book review of Steven Poole's You aren't what you eat: Fed up with gastroculture. The reviewer, William Skidelsky, describes how Poole finds foodism populated by people "who seek to enliven their dull existences by continually … Continue reading More disdain towards Foodism: “A new, western type of deviance”
"Art reveals the how of experience that we call aesthetic" Michel Henry There was a great op-ed piece in the New York Times sunday paper a couple weeks ago by William Deresiewicz about the foodie movement (that I pointed to in my last blog), where the author surmised that "we are in danger of confusing our … Continue reading Are foodies the demise of fine art?
A cultural decline in the rise of "foodism"? Here is an article from the New York Times Sunday review. I will respond to it shortly, both here and there...
What if Foucault wrote about the history of gastronomy, rather than a history of sexuality? After all, what he was interested in was the ways in which the practices of sexuality, including the discourses about sexuality—public, private, as well as the dialogue within one's head—exert a power over how we experience ourselves as a subject. … Continue reading What if Foucault wrote A HIstory of Gastronomy?