Archive for: dyspeptic ouroboros

Literature Will Eat Itself

An edited version of this essay first appeared in The Chicago Reader. ___________________________________________________ The last book but one I read was Jacque Derrida’s The Gift of Death, his late-career foray into deconstructionist theology. To say that you recently finished reading a Derrida book for pleasure is obviously a fairly major throwdown (“Look at my brain!”) […]

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Monthly Stumblings # 5: Bruno Lecigne

Bruno Lecigne’s “De la confusion des languages” (on the mixing up of the languages) My monthly stumblings are, sometimes, restumblings, really… This past weeks I restumbled at least twice: on Otto Dix’s Der Krieg (the war) and Bruno Lecigne’s “De la confusion des languages”  (Controverse – controversy -, May 1985). In “De la confusion…” Bruno Lecigne presented eight chapters about […]

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Dyspeptic Ouroboros: Critics Are Not Here to Make You Happy

In response to last month’s comics criticism roundtable, R. C. Harvey has a post up on the main site in which he lays out his philosophy of criticism. But, seriously, a critic does what he does for what is a very shallow reason. When I first set out to make a living in the world, […]

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History for the Future: Henri Langlois’ Cinémathèque Francaise

Comics needs an Henri Langlois. As collectors, most comics geeks have nothing on Langlois. I don’t care how many storage units you have. I know the longboxes block the closet. But from the ‘30s through the ‘70s, back in the days when a single film could take up several cans and a couple square feet […]

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Dyspeptic Ouroboros: Gary Groth and Victorian Dresses

A week or so back, I posted a response to a post by Jeet Heer which prompted a strenuous objection from Gary Groth. In the course of responding to Gary, I said this: I was replying to the structure of [Jeet’s] argument and to his examples, not to his actual argument per se. There seemed […]

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Dyspeptic Ouroboros: First Thing We Do, Let’s Burn All the Interviews

Jeet Heer has a post up about Why We Need Criticism. His basic premise, as near as I can tell, is that criticism is just people talking about art — so whether or not we “need” criticism, we’re unlikely to get away from it. I don’t have any problem with that per se, but…well, look […]

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DWYCK: Hergé and the Order of Things

We’ve had a fair amount of discussion about how to approach comics critically here at HU lately, and I figured I’d expand a little upon some of the points I’ve made previously regarding cartooning as a visual phenomenon. From a modernist critical perspective, it seems clear that comics’ artistic achievement through their modern history — […]

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