The tea of the master and the tea of desire. A short story in the light of Lacan’s Seminar XVII

By | September 15th, 2018|LRO 89|

Amantine is the heroine of the exceptional short story À Clairmont by Maryse Battistuzzi.[1] She is an old lady with a particular whim that makes other people wonder: when taking her tea she invariably leaves a small quantity in the bottom of her cup. To Amantine, to consume those last sips would doubtless amount “to [...]

What does the translator translate?

By | August 17th, 2018|LRO 83|

We are all translators, readers, interpreters. We are all translated, read, interpreted. Translation, reading, interpretation, occupy a central, crucial place in our existence since before we are born and beyond death. The current debate on abortion, for instance, can be reformulated and elucidated as a debate on the freedom of translation, of reading, of interpretation: [...]

The Day After

By | November 11th, 2016|LRO 54|

Our president elect spoke repeatedly of dreams in his victory address. It was an insane dream I had refused to believe. The perverse will of jouissance was enough for one man to inflate fantasy into real numbers. During his campaign, I recognized the mechanism of disavowal at work. Donald Trump managed to build a populist [...]

Bartleby, The Scrivener

By | October 9th, 2016|LRO 49|

Bartleby’s unexpected unwillingness is acknowledged by his boss not just as puzzling but, mainly, as a subversion of the ruling class. A subversion, which ‘contaminates’, literally speaking, the rest of the clerks in the office. But there is more. Later, Bartleby’s boss will discover that Bartleby has occupied his office: he lives, eats and sleeps [...]

Subjects of Instruments

By | September 10th, 2016|LRO 45|

Pokémon Go has been dominating the media and the streets, with crowds gathering and provoking chaos when rare characters appear on screen. It shows us to what extent Lacans statement: “ You are from now on, more than you would ever think, subjects of instruments (…). ”2can be understood. Several online articles are reporting that [...]

Open marriage – an impossible dream

By | October 30th, 2015|LRO 06|

Not being loved as we would like to, feeling of loneliness, the need to feel whole again with oneself? Being stuck in old patterns? Ignoring what is happening to me? Losing something and I don't know exactly what this is? A desire for something new and exciting? Like dancing the “Tango”, love is an improvised [...]

A Match made in Heaven

By | October 9th, 2015|LRO 03|

The struggle to define the union of two people under the law has continually produced division. Within America the states were divided; the Supreme Court as a Judicial body was divided in a vote of 5 to 4; the arguments anticipating the vote revealed that individual Justices of the Court were themselves subjectively divided. Justice [...]