Haven’t slept for well over 24 hours, I’ve been wearing that fucking backpack for 12, and I’ve walked around Leuve*n several times with it trying to chase different bits of information; everywhere I went I was told it was the wrong place; I almost cried in city hall when I was told I had absolutely none of the information I needed to declare myself as living here

valterbenyamin:

Airport tonight, Belgium tomorrow. Torn between whether or not I should get a haircut in the next couple hours.

Imagine me walking round the airport like this and not under fluorescent lights at 1:30am waiting for my flight at 7am, wasting my 45 minutes of courtesy internet

valterbenyamin:

Airport tonight, Belgium tomorrow. Torn between whether or not I should get a haircut in the next couple hours.

Imagine me walking round the airport like this and not under fluorescent lights at 1:30am waiting for my flight at 7am, wasting my 45 minutes of courtesy internet

Airport tonight, Belgium tomorrow. Torn between whether or not I should get a haircut in the next couple hours.

Airport tonight, Belgium tomorrow. Torn between whether or not I should get a haircut in the next couple hours.

Called an estate agent in Leuve*n and we basically can’t do anything about accommodation till we’re there, and a couple places I’d asked about have been taken. So my mum’s suggested I leave in the next few days instead of waiting a couple weeks’ time. Easy Jet, Gatwick to Brussels, is £55…

Also I hate the tagging system on tumblr so hopefully the asterisk means this isn’t automatically in that tag.

The negation of the negation does not result in a positive, or not automatically … Nowadays – in contrast to what Hegel criticised as abstract subjectivity or abstract negativity – what predominates in the general public is an ideal of abstract positivity … I cannot resist telling you that my eyes were opened to the dubious nature of this concept of positivity only in emigration, where people found themselves under pressure from the society around them and had to adapt to very extreme circumstances. In order to succeed in this process of adaptation, in order to do justice to what they were forced to do, you would hear them say, by way of encouragement – and you could see the effort it cost them to identify with the aggressor – ‘Yes, so-and-so really is very positive…’ And what this means is that an intelligent and sensitive person is rolling up his sleeves and washing dishes, or whatever other allegedly useful social work is required of him. The more everything is sacrificed to pre-existing objects of consciousness, and the less is left over for ideology to feed off, the more abstract all ideologies necessarily become. In the case of the Nazis, it was race, something that even the most stupid people have ceased to believe in. I would guess that at the next stage of regressive ideology people would be expected to believe in ‘the positive’, in the same spirit as marriage advertisements regard a ‘positive attitude towards life’ as especially commendable. I am also aware of an organisation that has given itself the title: ‘Association for positively improving your life’. I did not make this up, as you may be tempted to believe; it really exists. And, of course, what this ‘Association for positively improving your life’ amounts to is a training programme that helps people to lose their fear of public speaking and turns them into more effective salesmen in the eyes of both God and man. This is what the concept of positivity has come to. Underlying it is the conviction that the positive is intrinsically positive in itself, without anyone pausing to ask what is to be regarded as positive or whether it is a fallacy that something that exists and is ‘positive’ in the sense that it has been postulated, that it exists, and that it is furnished with the good, the higher, the approvable attributes – the attributes that, in short, belong among the connotations of the ‘positive’.

Adorno, Lectures on Negative Dialectics, Lecture 2, 1965: The Negation of the Negation p. 17-18

"Almost everything turns out to be ‘feminist’ - shopping, pole-dancing, even eating chocolate. There appears to be a remarkable similarity between ‘liberating’ feminism and liberating capitalism."

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I was moaning to Kat about books I couldn’t afford and then she sent me a tenner and now I sound like an asshole

but I’m very grateful, and excited to read Presocratics for just under a month’s time when I start the new degree. And finally some Jameson, which tumblr’s made me want to do for a while.

Two weeks till I move to Belgium, two weeks till I move out my sister’s room

Two weeks till I move to Belgium, two weeks till I move out my sister’s room

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God, this is the most Hegelian thing I’ve ever seen

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I consider the survival of National Socialism within democracy to be potentially more of a threat than the survival of fascist tendencies against democracy.

Adorno, quoted in Haseeb Ahmed’s review of Detlev Claussen’s Theodor W. Adorno: One Last Genius

I’m really bored of this blog atm

I’m really bored of this blog atm