Friday, February 17, 2012

Locus Solum Reading Group: A Proposal

Would anyone out there with a bit of background in logic (or who's otherwise just tenacious) be interested in putting together a slow-moving reading group on Girard's "Locus Solum" monograph? Wonderful, brilliant and terribly dense material. Really ideal for this sort of thing.

Here's the text:

 If you're not already hooked by the epigraph, I don't know what to tell you:

 "Go back to An-fang, the Peace Square at An-Fang, the Beginning Place at An-Fang, where all things start (...) An-Fang was near a city, the only living city with a pre-atomic name (...) The headquarters of the People Programmer was at An-Fang, and there the mistake happened: A ruby trembled. Two tourmaline nets failed to rectify the laser beam. A diamond noted the error. Both the error and the correction went into the general computer." 
- Cordwainer Smith, The Dead Lady of Clown Town, 1964.
If you are interested, please leave a comment.


  1. It looks tremendous. I am interested, though my background is the Lacanian post-structuralism of Zizek and Laclau, and some Badiou.

  2. Hey, I'll be in a show in brussels based on this book in september, I'll let you know!
    Adrien lucca

    1. Hey Adrien,
      what's the story with that show? Is it on? I'd love to see it, so email me with the details sometime, or, better yet, post them here.

  3. If you are trying to read this then I would like to join in but I will have to rely on tenacity and not familiarity with the topic.