Category Archives: Weird Studies

Good prose is written by people who are not frightened

This summer has been, for me, the summer of Twin Peaks. I am a huge David Lynch fan from way back. Twin Peaks gives me all kinds of things I can write about, not least of which is my theory … Continue reading

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“The magical turn”

Hey folks, sorry I’ve been a bit scarce on Dial M. Broke muh damn leg. Don’t want to write about that, though. I want to write about fads. If you’re in a band and are looking for a genre identity, you can … Continue reading

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The ontological turn

I. The Story So Far This is the last installment of a series on “Weird Studies.” Well, it ended up being about “Weird Studies.” It started off somewhere else entirely, on Frank Sinatra’s performance of Harold Arlen’s “One for My … Continue reading

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Othering and smOthering

In the comments of my last post, Elizabeth Upton warns me against Othering the Medieval mind. It’s a point well-taken. If we accept the idea that certain ways of thinking about the past constitute a sort of epistemic violence — … Continue reading

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The weird and the naïve

In a post I wrote entirely too long ago (sorry), I imagined a new scholarly subfield called “Weird Studies,” which would presumably do for weirdos what Queer Studies has done for queer sexuality: formalize and fortify a marginal social identity by giving … Continue reading

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In which I announce the birth and death of Weird Studies

I’ve been writing a lot about drugs lately. I’m really not a drug guy, though. My own daily intake of drugs (not counting mandatory middle-aged-guy stuff like blood pressure medication) is 2 cups of strong coffee 1 beer (2 on … Continue reading

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What Face-Punching and the Star Wars Holiday Special Can Teach Us About Consciousness

I’ve been writing a lot about “cognitive liberty” without exactly saying what it is. At the end of my last post, I defined it as “the right of people to do whatever they like with their own consciousness and to resist … Continue reading

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