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 [...]

Post-Ironic Humour

By | September 2nd, 2018|LRO 86|

It’s thirty years since Jacques-Alain Miller’s made a presentation on the "Ironic Clinic"[1] which contrasted humour as “inscribed in the perspective of the Other” as Lacan discusses it in Seminar V, with irony which “…on the contrary, is not of the Other but of the subject, and goes against the Other. What does irony say? [...]

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 [...]

The Tingles

By | October 30th, 2015|LRO 06|

The experience has been called attention induced head orgasm, attention induced euphoria, and attention induced observation euphoria, as well as the tingles, brain massage, head tingle, brain tingle, spine tingle, or brain orgasm. The acronymic neologism which has stuck is ASMR - autonomous sensory meridian response. The phenomenon is autonomous in so far as it [...]