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 [...]

Trolling a robot

By | October 19th, 2017|LRO 68|

Last March, Microsoft launched a chatbot on Twitter, a conversation-robot to be used by adolescents and young adults. The experiment aimed at studying language comprehension, but led quickly to disaster. Just eight hours after the launch of the program, sexist and racist misbehavior forced Microsoft to end it. This robot, named Tay, seemed like a [...]

To Trump Death

By | April 1st, 2016|LRO 27|

And for 8 years now a strange being has been leading the country: an elegant man, in tailored suits, who seems to apologize for his country on a regular basis, but who never seems to change much of anything. A man who was exhausted after having finally arrived at the White House. One who, as [...]

Chanson d’Amour and the Jouissance of the Other

By | October 2nd, 2015|LRO 02|

Chanson Française owes its origins of course to the Chanson Réaliste moment of Aristide Bruant and Le Chat Noir around 1893 that brought young intellectuals together with the demi monde of artists, workers and prostitutes. ‘People spoke a lot about sexuality’, affirms Clark, ‘and it produced some strange and dark characters’. Hélène Hazera is even [...]