Now listening to : Math And Physics Club - 'Math And Physics Club'
Especially recommended: Track 5, "La La La Lisa"
I have this plan to spend some quality time with exit poll data and pose a couple of peculiar and/or pointless theories, but I haven't gotten to it yet. Instead, I've been thinking about fiction, and stories, and the interpellated (note the passive usage. Who's doing the interpellating? Eh. Somebody, I'm sure.) relation between author, audience and character. Because I went and saw 'Stranger Than Fiction' the other week, and then I went and heard an english professor from my heady undergraduate days talk about the modernist project of the alienated self.
I have nothing much to say on the subject (hee. pun.), except that whenever I write stories, I always end up in this wierd dialogue with (at least) the main character, such that s/he is an active participant in the writing, and wants specific/explicit things from her/his dialogue with the reading audience. Like they know we're watching them. To be fair, in a certain sense, a character in a work of fiction's got about as much right to ask that we aknowledge their individual subjecthood as the guy who hands us our fries. I mean, we just allow his subjecthood 'cause he looks like we do -- we at least have something in front of us, in a work of fiction, that proves the character THINKS like we do. Shouldn't thinking be more proof of subjectivity than appearance? Of course, our access to the character is mediated by the author, but growing up a religion major, I'm used to seeing mediation as alot of different things, not all of them replacements of absolute relations to the absolute. Know what I'm saying?
Anyway. More interestingly: apparently, when boy witches sign pacts with the devil, they have intercourse with 'Jhenofher'. I'm thinking of using that spelling on all academic works from now on.