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Jack Graham

Jack Graham writes and podcasts about culture and politics from a Gothic Marxist-Humanist perspective. He co-hosts the I Don't Speak German podcast with Daniel Harper. Support Jack on Patreon.


  1. Jane Campbell
    December 10, 2015 @ 3:44 pm

    If, by the way, someone were to try to create a nice new greek word meaning ‘many-selvedness’, it would almost certainly be some kind of compound of ‘auto’ and ‘poly’.

    The word I’ve always used is “polyphrenic” which was coined by Jean Houston, I believe. But this is more of a “many minded” notion, the expression of multiple selves within a unified embodiment, and as such is probably a dialectical negation of some sort regarding the multiplicity of a single but fractured self in many different bodies.


  2. Goodluck
    December 10, 2015 @ 5:30 pm



  3. Neil McGonigle
    December 10, 2015 @ 5:38 pm

    thoroughly enjoying it so far Jack, I look forward to the next thrilling installment


  4. David Anderson
    December 10, 2015 @ 6:08 pm

    Since you mention James Bond, the opening credits of Spectre have an octopus that turns into a skull.

    The rest of the film runs into the kinds of problems you’d expect to get when filmmakers try to use a famous poster boy for the British secret services to criticise the surveillance state, as if what James Bond signifies is somehow better or opposed to the surveillance state.
    (Except in a way Bond is so notoriously problematic and exists with such a history of fantasy and camp and parody behind him that in a way Bond can’t signify anything straight. Any attempt to use Bond to seriously signify the virtues of the British establishment is immediately vulnerable to thoughts of Austin Powers. The film’s against the surveillance state, but it can’t be seriously pro-Bond, because it’s not possible to be seriously pro-Bond.)


    • Jarl
      December 10, 2015 @ 11:02 pm

      From what I hear, the plot is also immediately vulnerable to thoughts of Austin Powers. It makes sense, in a way, Skyfall‘s excellent theme song quoted the likewise excellent song Secret Agent Man. The source of a parody will, if long lived enough, inevitably come to embody that parody as well.


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