Root Of All Evil II.


Following Michael’s suggestion (or my interpretation of his comment as a suggestion), I am titling this post appropriately. I have no idea what is up with Graham Harman’s late cat fight with yours truly, but it’s easy to see why I can’t stop going there again and again – it’s so easy and so effortless, because it’s clearly driven by some sort of strange logic. I’m very close to feeling guilty about it, it’s like taking candy from children. To drive Harman’s traffic (and boost his ego) even more, I’m linking to the petty brawl here (this is bjk’s comment), here, here and here (and also here). Since Harman’s blog doesn’t really make the comments very easy to find, enjoy this excellent selection! I feel so special now, finally I feel like I truly have a life.

P.S. I hope that it’s all good fun at this point and no one’s taking it too seriously….

24 thoughts on “Root Of All Evil II.

  1. sorry Mikhail i couldn’t resist. the tone here has always been lighthearted, even when in serious dialogue, that’s one of the things i appreciate about you smug soy-latte-guzzling bastards. i still don’t know what set you and Harman off (and to be honest don’t need nor want to know), though if i am not mistaken there seemed to be tension from the moment you left that comment in Russian, so maybe all it would take is sending him that link to Vini Puh to overcome any trepidation he might have. but then again, perhaps we should remind ourselves that philosophy is a serious business after all, hike up our pants, slick back our hair and make our moms proud.

  2. you’re right, I would be all about it if the matter was concerning some philosophical disagreement, you know? I get easily excited about a good debate, everyone can see that, but I also easily cool off if I see the point – that thing just started basically with small things here and there, I suppose the Russian comment didn’t help, but still… In any case, I think we’re lucky to have one or two readers here who get the point of not taking it all too seriously, even if it’s a serious matter (I always thought that “serious matter” = “must take it seriously” equivalence was false – this is where I would side with Zizek against all the seriousness of multiculturalism and political correctness)…

    I think this whole situation is a Type One Conversation on a Carl Dyke scale.

  3. I think since Mikhail revealed his bearded identity, the intimidation factor increased significantly – maybe Harman thought he was plotting to take him down? Plus, mafia sends a dead fish to threaten you, Russians seems to be leaving comments to achieve the same goal.

  4. All good points. I think the revelation of the beard AND the russian quotation (whose associated emails triggered an almost mystical invasion of Russian spam) set off and profound “allurement” of causation, a chain reaction in the vicar within the said philosopher’s mind, probably having something to do with this guy:

  5. Oh no, not the Russian spam?! It’s the kind that never goes away! When I read that thing, I’m sorry I have to say this, I’ve been a long time reader but this story is making me comment, I thought: “Really? Spam is now so smart that it knows that if you have a blog where someone with a Russian name leaves a comment there’s an immediate chain reaction of causation to send the owner of the blog some Russian spam!”

    I still side with Pensum, it’s Kropotkin, not Rasputin…

  6. Always dangerous to send spur of the moment comments like that, but I thought Harman’s self-awareness deficit, while not fatal, did need to be pointed out. A bit like telling a deaf man he can’t hear. No harm done, either way.

  7. It was funny to see you there, bjk, singled out as a crazed hater – I mean your comments here were always quite sane and to the point, I thought. Now I feel like you’re hiding some sinister evil side…

    The sad thing about L’Affair Harman (pronounced with pretentious French intonation without “H” and with an accent on the second syllable as Ar-Man) – I sort of like the whole “speculative realism” excitement, it made me think about all sorts of things, I hope it does take off…

  8. And the illusions of grandeur continue: “eliminativist wing of post-SR”?

    Also some of the man’s supporters need to explain to him the intricacies of WordPress stats and the difference between “hits” and “unique visits”

  9. Jackson, I followed your link and I have to say that I believe I discovered the secret: the logic is simple – people are reading a post about Latour, there must be an interest in Latour out there, therefore one can easily describe the “out there” and before you know it all sort of conclusions are made – it is indeed an illusion of grandeur masked as sincerity – where are the psychoanalysts when you need them?

    Do you want to know what is the most popular search item that gets internet user to our blog? COLON. From this I conclude that there’s a high interest in colons out there – expect more interest in colons to follow.

  10. M.E.: “Do you want to know what is the most popular search item that gets internet user to our blog? COLON. From this I conclude that there’s a high interest in colons out there – expect more interest in colons to follow.”

    Kvond: Hilarious. But before you leap to undue conclusions you might consider that it is a large measure of the population that cannot spell “cologne”. Perhaps mix posts with “colon” and “cologne” together, just to be sure.

    Over here the all-time second greatest search term is “black cat”.

  11. my my now see how i’ve approached this whole blogging thing completely wrong! a quick look at my stats reveals my top search terms to be Francis Bacon, Mark Rothko, Balthus, eyes, Giacometti and Henri Michaux. at this rate i’m never going to be in your and Kvond’s league, let alone Harman’s. But i have now seen the light–cats and digestive tracts–start looking over your shoulders lads. (and btw why are you and Harman so concerned with cycling?)

  12. pensum: “a quick look at my stats reveals my top search terms to be Francis Bacon, Mark Rothko, Balthus, eyes, Giacometti and Henri Michaux. at this rate i’m never going to be in your and Kvond’s league, let alone Harman’s.”

    Kvond: Hell, Balthus? Balthus has a friggin’ cat in nearly every paiting he did, you’re almost half way there! Just go back into all those posts on Balthus, put “cat” (or related term) in the tags and maybe the title, insert a few more illustrations like this,

    add “teen, lolita, nubile” to the tags, and you’ll crush Harmania (not to mention us).

  13. Well lads, it seems the posse has successfully run Harman out of town: he’s up and closed up shop. seriously, he has deleted his blog. i guess a bad pun is a greater weapon than we had ever imagined!

  14. Michael, as Lou pointed out somewhere, he moved his blog to doctorzamalek2.wordpress.com and decided to give it another shot – he did erase the previous one with all of its content which is certainly a sad thing…

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