The Anatomy of Love

Broj 2 - Godina 7 - 06/2017

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In All About Love: New Visions, bell hooks observes that we are constantly exposed to messages telling us that the workings of love are mysterious and its agency unfathomable; that love is, in other words, only invaluable if it remains unexplained and unknowable. hooks argues that knowledge is a crucial element of love and that understanding its forces does not detract from its importance and value; on the contrary, it enriches the experience of love. More recently, Alain Badiou has in In Praise of Love similarly claimed that love is a ‘truth procedure,’ the kind of experience through which the truth about Two is constructed...

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Taj mi je tip htio pokazati nešto tajno. Nešto zapanjujuće. Prema onome što mi je rekao, bio je to još neotkriven temelj kršćanstva. Tisućljećima najstrože čuvana tajna Crkve, as iz rukava koji još nije odigrala. Zaintrigiralo me. Odveo me u svojevrstan sanktuarij, koji je smrdio po vlazi, pa iz ormara s velikim ladicama stao vaditi relikvije u obliku čvrsto smotanih, požutjelih svežnjeva. Zatim ih je poslagao jedan pokraj drugog, kad gle – iz njih iziđe Djevica Marija. Moram priznati da me zapanjilo. Dogovorili smo spoj, našli se i prošetali po suncu i hladovini. Bila je ljubazna, nismo baš ćaskali, nego se više povezivali pomoću nasumičnih riječi koje su nas tjerale da se smješkamo i pogledavamo jedno drugo. Ali ono što me se najviše dojmilo: ona uopće nije bila povijesna ličnost, nije bila sveta, ni pobožna, ni odjevena u halju! Bila je obična djevojka. Nije se bojala i rado se smijala. Razumjeli smo se. Dok je hodala, donji dio leđa blago bi joj se izvio u nježan luk, i bila je lijepa i prilično moderna. Zbog zaigranog koraka stopala u sandalama bila su joj prašnjava, pomalo je i vukla noge, a kad bi zastala, nožnim bi prstima čeprkala po zemlji. Dok smo šetali, bio sam zadivljen: bila je to Djevica Marija, Kristova majka, glavom i bradom, premda, naravno, iz mlađih dana. Pa ipak, kakav uspjeh za Crkvu! Kad sam čitao rimsku književnost iz doba prije Krista, sjećam se, učinila mi se zabavnom i modernom – i znao sam da bi takva mogla biti i ona. Moderna. I zabavna. ...

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Izgleda tako slatko, ali živi je otrov. Pogledajmo malo dvoranu: svi su unutra. Trećini njih, a i to sam malo rekao, nisam baš drag. Sve su to moji protivnici, moji krvnici i moje žrtve. Petnaest sam godina u firmi, zadnjih pet kao šef kadrovske – nije lako. Ali od svih tih dama i gospode koji me mrze, vrlo dobro znam, najgora je ona. Moja najveća neprijateljica. Znam što govorim jer dobro je poznajem: to mi je žena.A konkurencija je jaka, tu su svi moji najratoborniji, najžilaviji protivnici: Donatella, ekonomistica s magisterijem s Harvarda, koju sam zaposlio kao tajnicu kad zbog krize nije mogla naći posao i koja mi je jednom prigodom, lagano i namjerno, izlila kipuću kavu po hlačama jer sam je zamolio da nam na sastanak direktora donese piće (A što sam mogao? Nisam ja kriv za krizu. A na sastanku je bio generalni direktor. I lijepo sam je zamolio). Zaldíbar, koji se iživljavao nada mnom šest godina kad mi je bio šef, potpisujući – bez moga znanja – sva moja izvješća kao svoja. Contreras, koji je pucao na moje mjesto, ali je izgubio bitku, čemu je vjerojatno pripomoglo to što sam se ja slučajno učlanio u isti teniski klub kao i generalni direktor, s kojim sam se uspio sprijateljiti između dva forehanda (nisam ni ja svetac, ali nisam ni đubre kao Zaldíbar – recimo da je to normalna, uobičajena doza nečasna ponašanja). Dakle, i u društvu ta tri teškaša, ona mi je i dalje najveća neprijateljica, u toj dvorani i u svemiru. To što smo u braku samo pogoršava stvari. Spavam s njom, sa svojom smrtnom neprijateljicom, a kad ne mogu spavati, čini mi se da je čujem kako u tišini snuje tajne osvetničke planove....

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Love has traditionally been understood either as an objective, transcendentforce, or a subjective ability. Through a number of steps,the article argues that both these options have lost their credibility due to changes in the media through which love is performed. First, the article demonstrates how the attempts,in the life sciences, to explain love biologically or physically reproduce a traditional romantic ideology. Then, the implications of the inflation of explicit love declarations, and the consequences of internet dating, are discussed. What these examples amount to is the fact that the medium is brought to the fore. A consequence of this is that the romantic ideology is strengthened, while the premises of romantic love – the autonomous subject and the transcendent objectivity – are weakened or even dissolved.Keywords:idealism, materialism, narcissism, subjectivity, reification,internet dating, controlJennifer Lopez, Haddaway, Howard Jones – yes, virtually every singer, author,or philosopher since Sappho and Platohave raised the same question: What is love? This endless recurrence may be taken as a sign both of the aptness and inaptness of the question. The huge amount of answers makes it impossible to say anything that hasn’t already been said. Every love song is a cliché from the outset. On the other hand, the fact that the question keeps coming up over and over again, points to the endurance of the experience of or longing for love, and hence to the inevitability of the issue....

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Dead but not Forgotten is a collection of short stories about the characters presented in the thirteen Sookie Stackhouse novels published by Charlaine Harris between 2001 and 2013. The fifteen short stories were not written by Harris herself, but by a series of novelists and best-selling authors. The tales are compelling and their plots are as suspenseful as the original novels by Harris, whose contents they are consistent with. Indeed, the characters are faithful to the spirit of Harris' books and their adventures are a (super)natural and logical continuation or anticipation of what occurs to them in Harris' fictional universe. The stories are indeed set in different time periods: they fill the gaps between the novels or they either precede or follow the facts narrated in Harris' books. Jeffrey J. Mariotte's “Taproot,” for example, focuses on a case assigned to Detective Andy Bellefleur during Sookie's sojourn in Dallas in the second novel. “Nobody's Business,” written by Rachel Caine, narrates instead about two secondary characters of the saga, white agent Kevin Pryor and his colored colleague Kenya Jones, and how they fall in love with one another during a dangerous mission that precedes the events described in the first book of the series (Dead Until Dark). Jeanne C. Stein's “Love Story,” however, is set decades before Sookie's birth and narrates about her grandmother Adele’s extramarital affair with a male fairy. On the other hand, Christopher Golden's “Tyger, Tyger” – which is focused on the kidnapping of mighty weretyger Quinn by a militaristic organization that uses the “two-natured” as mercenary soldiers – is set soon after the end of Harris' last book in the series (Dead Ever After)....

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