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  1. May 2018
    1. The use of images in Citizen is meant in part to destabilize the text so both image and text would always have possibilities, both realized and unimagined by me, beyond my curating powers. Consequently, I wanted to create an aesthetic form for myself, where the text was trembling and doubling and wandering in its negotiation and renegotiation of the image, a form where the text’s stated claims and interests would reverberate off the included visuals.

      Lovely quote on the supplementary relationship between image/text.

    2. Plus, it takes forever to get to know someone and, even then, we are often surprised—by ourselves, by each other. Claudia and I have built a friendship through consultation about whether our tones are crazy, wrong, off, or right; about whether or not our observations show something, and what.

      Preamble establishes, from LBs perspective, something like the photographic negative of the negative interactions CR catalogs in her text. I found myself asking, "what does a good friend/colleague look like across the Veil?" and I think this is an attempt to sketch it.

    3. Keep moving even when we’re still. Find stillness when we’re jolted.

      Great description of the critical faculty in general.

    4. The photographer Jeff Wall writes about moving into moments of eroding freedoms. He describes racism as “determined by social totality” that “has to come out of an individual body.”

      Elegant description of what CR is doing by staging the way ideologies of race speak through the "you" in the text.

    5. There’s not a lot of laughter in Citizen. No doubt, that sense motivates your use of the word maneuver—it means, etymologically, “to work with one’s hands,” but it’s usually a way of talking about unsticking something, getting around an impasse or an obstacle course, or dealing with touchy subjects.

      Yes: might push harder on this absence. What does it signify about the role of "wit and the unconscious"?

    1. The image forces things to stop for a moment. It forces the reader to reinvent breathing so that the eyes can again focus.

      Nice reading, since the text often thematizes flow, fast motion, aggressions occuring before the mind has time to process.

    2. They were placed in the text where I thought silence was needed, but I wasn’t interested in making the silence feel empty or effortless the way a blank page would. In your Sex, or the Unbearable, you say the experience of “any non-knowledge is not usually a blockage or limit but is actually the experience of the multiplication of knowledges that have an awkward relation to each other, crowd each other out, and create intensities that require management.”

      Connects with theme in CITIZEN of disrupting everyday interactions with questions, with pauses, with glitching of usual smooth recognition.