Monday, July 26, 2004

Oh, and while I'm not doing reading that I should be doing for uni, check out this excellent quote that I gleaned from Georges Bataille's Eroticism last night. In a section on the link between decay/filth and reproduction/regeneration ("Affinities between reproduction and death"), he quotes St Augustine:

Inter faeces et urinam nascimur

or

"We are born between faeces and urine."

I'm impressed.

9 Comments:

Blogger glueboot said...

Strange.... I was reading that section of 'Eroticism' yesterday afternoon as well. Gave me a good chuckle. Any idea where it comes from in Augustine? I'd like to read it in context.

10:16 pm  
Blogger it said...

you know, we're all reading Bataille at the moment...I'm doing some work on 'The Tears of Eros' for a forthcoming piece on 'Religious Porn'. Heh heh, Bataille is for girls. Excellent!

I hope you have both read 'Story of the Eye'. I must re-read it again. I've never felt more filthy on a bus than when I read this (sadly, ahem).

5:12 am  
Blogger Catherine said...

Yes, Story of the Eye! I read it on Boxing Day last year - my girlfriend and I bought it on a whim at a big post-Christmas sale in a department store in the city (so many people being aggressive for so little linen!), and read it together during the course of the day. I was surprisingly undisturbed by the fact that I'd ordered eggs for breakfast.

11:27 am  
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11:28 am  
Blogger Catherine said...

(This Glueboot/doppelganger thing continues to be eerie.)

11:29 am  
Blogger glueboot said...

It continues to be incredibly eerie. Strange to know that someone on the other side of the world is doing the same things as me!

Haven't read 'Story of the Eye' yet (as you know Nina) but indulged myself yesterday and bought 'Masochism' which has Deleuze's 'coldness and Cruelty' and Sacher-Masoch's 'Venus in Furs' which I'm loving. The protagonist's driving of himself through thresholds of anguish ties in well with some stuff I want to write on Bataille so expect a post on that soon.

7:07 pm  
Blogger it said...

yeah, the coldness and cruelty thing is good (and remember, there's no such thing as sado-masochism, only a form of masochism peculiar to sadism, and a form of sadism peculiar to masochism...). It's all about proto-capitalist contracts!

There's a film version of 'Venus'(maybe even two): 'each day Wanda seems more beuatiful to me...but what is a woman's beauty compared with her cruelty' (Severin). I haven't seen the film(s), sadly, and apparently there's a new film version of the Bataille too!

bataille film. It sounds quite good. deranged pornography, anyone? Probably not enough transcendence for me, but still, more enticing than Spiderman....

7:26 pm  
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7:26 pm  
Blogger it said...

oops, sorry for double post, Catherine! I gotta get broadband, stupid computer crashes at the slightest thing....

I forgot we already discussed the Bataille novel before, Glueboot....I can't find my copy anywhere. I think I might have given it to my brother in a bid to get him reading....d'oh.

7:29 pm  

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