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 [...]

Right To Your Left And Left To Your Right – The Need For A New Shaking

By | August 31st, 2018|LRO 85|

There is a surprising paradox in the political life of post-communist societies. Surprising to traditional political values. The totalitarian communist parties in our countries have become socialist by name and conservative by stand. In the revolutionary process of transformation from a one-party state to a multi-party system, from a state-owned economy to a market economy, [...]

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 Marry Oneself

By | October 23rd, 2016|LRO 51|

The concept of a couple 1 has changed considerably: master-signifier of our time, it has become an autonomous entity which has to be treated as if it were fragile and capricious, vulnerable to the dangers of breaking-up. The relationship that it refers to is marked by its finitude. The statistics on this matter are illuminating [...]

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 [...]

The Future of England’s Impolitic Body Jouissant

By | July 2nd, 2016|LRO 41|

​It is an impolitic demand, then, in the sense of not being shrewd or judicious certainly, but also im-political in the sense that the demand corresponds to no traditional political ideal, neither of universality or economic self interest, other than to be treated as one-all-alone. It is a demand to be accorded a special deal [...]

Do You Believe in Father Christmas

By | January 23rd, 2016|LRO 17|

Paradoxically, the study was funded by the Christian-based John Templeton Foundation, which intended to demonstrate that religion reinforces “pro-social behaviour.” Known for its conservative and libertarian stances, the Foundation is regularly accused of only funding research that serves it purposes. Clearly here the researchers did not feel obliged to pander to the interests of their [...]

Addiction to Sex

By | January 8th, 2016|LRO 15|

The story of Shame could be analyzed from many different perspectives, but it is doubtful that nominalism lovers will draw any conclusions from the “Brandon case.” This is because Brandon is not only addicted to live and in person sex, but he also is a man loaded with consumer goods that range from television to [...]