QUOTE: “Texts are now spread open like thighs, reading for the triumph of the misreader, as the life of study is reinvented as something remarkably resembling rape. A deconstructed text is tantamount to a forgery.” Philip Rieff

“According to Rieff, the first world is pagan, obsessed with gods, whether the Olympian deities of ancient Greece or the aboriginal spirits of Australia’s outback. The second world is monotheistic; in its realm, the Living God authoritatively issues prohibitive commandments. The third world is obsessed with erasure,2 determined to destroy the second culture, indeed, culture itself,…

Lose a Battle, Rape Some Girls

“The next morning as they were breaking camp they were attacked by a war party of Cheyennes led by Chief Medicine Water. John and Lydia German, their son Stephen, and daughters Rebecca Jane and Joanna were killed and scalped. The Indians then took any goods they deemed usable and set the wagon afire. Captured and…