Saturday, January 7, 2012

Georges Bataille - Story of the Eye

Finished Watt, whoa... I'll can it til the discussion tomorrow (7 PM). In the meantime, thought I'd start repping for next month, we'll be reading Georges Bataille's Story of the Eye. Very quick book but a definite favorite. Only caveat: there's abundant lewd conduct and a bit of violence, so discretion is advised to those possessed of sensitive palettes... in other words, it's a crowd-pleaser! Discussion is February 12th at 7 PM.

In 1928, Georges Bataille published this first novel under a pseudonym, a legendary shocker that uncovers the dark side of the erotic by means of forbidden obsessive fantasies of excess and sexual extremes. A classic of pornographic literature, Story of the Eye finds the parallels in Sade and Nietzsche and in the investigations of contemporary psychology; it also forecasts Bataille's own theories of ecstasy, death and transgression which he developed in later work.

Tonite: James Joyce's 'The Dead' -- Part 2 on KQED

"James Joyce's 'The Dead' -- Part 2
The show features "The Dead," by James Joyce, performed by Rene Auberjonois, Fionnula Flanagan and Isaiah Sheffer.
Sat, Jan 7, 2012 -- 8:00pm"