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A Photo a Day Keeps Forgetfulness at Bay

Flying home from Ft. Leonard Wood summer of '09, I met a Major heading the same way. I asked him for advice on my future career as an officer. He said that if he could change one thing in his life, he would take a picture a day.
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The Poetic Torture-House of Language by Slavoj Žižek

We usually take a subject’s speech, with all its inconsistencies, as an expression of his/her inner turmoils, ambiguous emotions, etc. This holds even for a literary work of art: the task of psychoanalytic 
reading is supposed to be to unearth the inner psychic turmoils that found their coded expression in the work of art. Something is missing in such a classic account: speech does not only register or express a traumatic psychic life; the entry into speech is in itself a traumatic fact. What this means is that we should include into the list of traumas speech tries to cope with the traumatic impact of speech itself. The relationship between psychic turmoil and its expression in speech should thus also be turned around: speech does not simply express/articulate psychic turmoils; at a certain key point, psychic turmoils themselves are a reaction to the trauma of dwelling in the “torture-house of language.”

This is also why, in order to get the truth to speak, it is not enough to suspend the subject’s active intervention and let language itself speak — as Elfriede Jelinek put it with extraordinary clarity: “Language should be tortured to tell the truth.” It should be twisted, 
denaturalized, extended, condensed, cut, and reunited, made to work against itself. Language as the “big Other” is not an agent of wisdom to whose message we should attune ourselves, but a place of cruel indifference and stupidity. The most elementary form of 
torturing one’s language is called poetry.

"Lowe’s Home Improvement Center" in Brian Turner’s book Phantom Noise (6:36)

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A Photo a Day Keeps Forgetfulness at Bay turned 4 today

A Photo a Day Keeps Forgetfulness at Bay turned 4 today

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Seoul, Korea Friday, September 7, 2013 - Flying over Jamsil Baseball Stadium

Seoul, Korea Friday, September 7, 2013 - Flying over Jamsil Baseball Stadium

Seoul, Korea Monday, September 2, 2013 - Strawberry and pineapple slushies at Lotte World

Seoul, Korea Monday, September 2, 2013 - Strawberry and pineapple slushies at Lotte World

Dongducheon, Korea Sunday, September 1, 2013 - At a bar in the local ville outside of base

Dongducheon, Korea Sunday, September 1, 2013 - At a bar in the local ville outside of base

Itaewon, Seoul Saturday, August 31, 2013 - An LP bar in Itaewon

Itaewon, Seoul Saturday, August 31, 2013 - An LP bar in Itaewon

Jihaen, Korea Friday, August 30, 2013 - Matt and Dennis react to my first soju kettle

Jihaen, Korea Friday, August 30, 2013 - Matt and Dennis react to my first soju kettle

Dongducheon, Korea Monday, August 26, 2013 - Seen in the HHC medic’s office

Dongducheon, Korea Monday, August 26, 2013 - Seen in the HHC medic’s office

Dongducheon, Korea Saturday, August 24, 2013 - Snacks at the supermarket

Dongducheon, Korea Saturday, August 24, 2013 - Snacks at the supermarket

Dongducheon, Korea Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - On a bike trail after night shift

Dongducheon, Korea Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - On a bike trail after night shift

Dongducheon, Korea Saturday, August 17, 2013 - Dennis and I at Lotte Mart

Dongducheon, Korea Saturday, August 17, 2013 - Dennis and I at Lotte Mart

Dongducheon, Korea Sunday, August 11, 2013 - My new bike

Dongducheon, Korea Sunday, August 11, 2013 - My new bike

Dongducheon, Korea August 4, 2013 - Rainy season

Dongducheon, Korea August 4, 2013 - Rainy season

Seoul, Korea August 2, 2013 - On the bus to Camp Casey

Seoul, Korea August 2, 2013 - On the bus to Camp Casey