Complex Singularities

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The Surfer and the Ice Cube

Recently I unearthed this paper I wrote for Brian Massumi’s brilliant PhD seminar on Discourse and Mediated Messages. The brilliance of this seminar was that we didn’t have a single reading about discourse; rather, we looked under and behind discourse to look at structuration, how things take form, event theory and and the bifurcation of […]

Referral: Lauren Berlant on Politics, Writing and Checking-In

This morning’s inspiring reading comes from Lauren Berlant’s excellent blog Supervalent Thought. She’s writing about writing, politics, exhaustion and the process of checking-in, of consultation, of that thing-we-do-to-keep-ourselves-sane when the overwhelming grind of structural oppression just keeps dredging up more and more material evidence of how much work there still is to do and we […]

Static! or Thinking Inside the Box

Apologies to anyone who visited the site in the last day or so and saw nothing but a mess of raw web nonsense… In my busyness and work on other projects, I neglected to realize that my experiments with new website editing software had supplanted my landing page with a cuckoo-like simulacrum that pretended to be […]

in a simple grain of sand…

Blake talks about how one can see the whole universe in a simple grain of sand. These magnified pictures of sand speak to the truth of this. I think sand is another complex singularity—particular, honed to a familiar articulation and function by time and wave, but simultaneously billions upon billions of endpoints of singular journeys that all come together as a […]


Spring and the buds outside my kitchen window have me thinking of growth. And in particular, seeds. Seeds fascinate me, from a complexity standpoint, from an event and affect standpoint. Massumi’s take on the relationship between affect an emotion is something akin to if we have emotion (embodied, situational) and in some way put it […]

Complex Singularities: Third Pass

I was going to do this post yesterday, while I was trekking across Toronto through the newly-dumped foot of snow, but try as I might I could not find the right iPhone application that would let me take a good macro picture of a snowflake. Here is one pulled off of the Internet, the photo […]

Complex Singularities: Second Pass

The idea for the title of this blog, Complex Singularities, comes from a certain way of thinking about discourse—discourse as event. For this I have to thank Brian Massumi who during my Ph.D. training gave an inspired course on Discourse Analysis that didn’t contain, to my memory, a single reading about “discourse”. The course was […]

Complex Singularities: First Pass

complex singularities are events frozen in time yet open-woven, reaching articulations– threads stuck together by their very stuck-togetherness like the fetish collecting material like the problems that prehend                      to the fetish as metaphor, too. complex singularities are orders emerging from chaoses –seeing order as a special case of chaos as a form of tightly packed […]

A (Not So) Proper Introduction

So I’ve been sitting on this web address for a month or so, trying to find the time to write a proper introduction. In it I would lay out my reasons for choosing the title Complex Singularities and my vision for the blog. But I now realize that given the haphazard nature of my postdoctoral […]