Wednesday, March 16, 2005

LOVE

I'm thinking of reading to live and learning to write what I love: "Not write about what we love, as though distant, detached, separate from our beloved. But to write as if infected, transformed, mutated by what we love."

"We must realize that to love is not of this world, but of another planet... [W]hen we love, we are subject to a double regime: that of the ordinary world with its economy and its common laws, and simultaneously that of the singular planet where everything is different. And what is impossible in this world is at the same moment possible in the sphere of love..."

- Helene Cixous, Rootprints: Memory and Life Writing

"Because of its inherent worldlessness, love can only become false and perverted when it is used for political purposes such as the change or salvation of the world ... it is for this reason... that it is not only apolitical but antipolitical, perhaps the most powerful of all antipolitical human forces."

- Hannah Arendt, The Human Condition

In Lefebvre, Love & Struggle, Shields writes that Lefebvre "is perhaps the only Communist - certainly the only political economist - to have dared assert that all he had ever written about was love."

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