New Year Resolution: More Non Sequiturs!


2013 has been a good year for all things perverse and egalitarian. OOO is dead (as is Harman’s short-lived interest in politics). Stupidity is alive (and, unfortunately, doing well). Timothy Morton is still insane.

Adam Kotsko is in Paris.

Peter Brötzmann still rules.

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2013 Poseur alerts are awarded for passages of prose that stand out for pretension, vanity and really bad writing designed to look like profundity.


Poseur alerts are awarded for passages of prose that stand out for pretension, vanity and really bad writing designed to look like profundity.

Below are the finalists we’ve selected for the 2013 Poseur Alert Of The Year, please review them and then vote for your favorite at the bottom of the page.

Higher education is in crisis! Long live higher education!


When the cheerful fellows from An und für sich raised their collective eyebrows at The Global Center for Advanced Studies (must be read with exaggerated tone of admiration and worshipfulness), they got 200 comments to their original post. Most were attempts to defend this new and exciting graduate school that aimed to fight the old system with some new and innovative ideas.

Now that the school released its secret plans for revolutionizing education and it’s a series of paid online courses, it’s appropriate to mention that some unknown French thinker called Jacques Rancière is joining the chorus of haters:

Here is an interesting discussion of Rancière’s interview.

UPDATE: Here is the beautiful revolutionary innovation in action (the first five minutes are priceless):