I'm a graduate student in historical musicology based in NYC. This blog is a journal of my mostly "esoteric" experiments with theory. Please feel free to contact me by email.

"Faith in humanity"

June 11, 2018

Science is a method of going about the world. It is the practice of testing whatever yields itself to testing, in such a way as to feel as certain as possible about the array of possible outcomes of a given action, whether that action is one of…

Agamben's theology of the spectacle

September 22, 2017

Today, in the era of the complete triumph of the spectacle, what can be reaped from the heritage of Debord? It is clear that the spectacle is language, the very communicativity or linguistic being of humans. This means that a fuller Marxist analysis…

The irreparable world

August 13, 2017

Seeing something simply in its being-thus—irreparable, but not for that reason necessary; thus, but not for that reason contingent—is love. At the point you perceive the irreparability of the world, at that point it is transcendent. How the world is…

Adorno and Horkheimer on "myth, power, and labor"

July 22, 2017

From Dialectic of Enlightenment : The intertwinement of myth, power, and labor is preserved in one of the tales of Homer. Book XII of the Odyssey tells how Odysseus sailed past the Sirens. Their allurement is that of losing onself in the past. But…

Surrealism, music, and failure

June 18, 2017

Giacinto Scelsi on the “surrealist revolt”: There have been some amusing gags that managed to please certain minds as spectacles or as artworks. But there was also a certain masochism, a will for destruction, for self-destruction. I must add, however…