Moving On (1)

Well, moving on...

It's time to move on, don't you think?

I mean, someone said we should finish the first part (it's only 13 pages!),
so... that's that, isn't it? You had your time to speak, and...
you still have it!

As I've said before, I'm happy to go backwards or forwards in this book
with... whomever. Be it in the group, or if you want to write to me
privately, that's cool, too. Really, I'm not as cold and antiseptic as...
some other people might be!

The name of Part Two is "The Repressive Hypothesis". Another provocative
title. And then, within that, there are these:
Chapter 1: The Incitement to Discourse
(hypothesize as we may, that at least gets us talking about it?)
Chapter 2: The Perverse Implantation
(now this is one I can really get behind...)

Specific quotes that I like in Part Two include... (starting from the top!)

On page 17, I have an underlined word. It's the last sentence in the first


Now any good high school kids knows that as soon as you get the Tipper Gore
"Parental Advisory" label on a CD, these days, this is tantalizing! Why did
"they" decide that something like THE THE's CD needed this? Oh... well they
talk about the blood and juices flowing between us, and... other stuff.


Pages 18-19. Evolution of Catholic pastoral. How about underlining this:
"--the confession of the flesh-- continually increased."

Also note that the two footnotes are Italian, not French, authors,
separated by 150 years in time.


This is slow so I won't even discuss how Sade's work is again in the
privacy of his own dungeons of his mind, because... he was "Victorian"?
Should it have been like Quasimoto, and everyone jacking off or... doing
whatever... while a Charlton Heston-like Ben Hur was... rowing with the
other galley slaves? I doubt it! I mean... it's that *usually* people like
to do these things, even if they're group things, in the *privacy* of their
own home. Don't they?

"Sometimes I feel
the need to move on...
Well I might take a train...
I might take a plane...
And... move on."
--from "Move On", David Bowie, _Lodger_

I guess my next question is:

WHO "installed rather an apparatus for producing ever greater quantity of
discourse about sex, capable of functioning and taking effect in its very
economy." (page 23)

Was it... the invention of the printing press? The Internet and its "chat
rooms" hadn't been invented yet when Foucault wrote this. It's written in
this passive tense, by a faceless "powers that were". And I think this is
important, because again it's a recurring theme with Foucault.

Yes, there has ALWAYS been "a public interest" to not have... certain
things, don't you think? Oh, no, says Foucault. Because he is the Master of
Constructions, and goes to the excess (bye-bye sociobiology, for example--
mere sociological speculation will do! At least Greenberg in _Construction
of Homosexuality_ gives more concrete examples. And Highwater, in _The
Mythology of Transgression_ (Oxford, 1997), living in the after-glow of
MANY, merely *including* Foucault as quoted (this book, specifically),
gives you something you can... bite your teeth into?

Heaven help me from being the "Enfant Terrible" of the Foucault group!

---Randall Albright

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