Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Assassination of J. D. Salinger by the Coward Richard Prince

Richard Prince’s The Catcher in the Rye is a facsimile of the first edition of J. D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye, except it has Prince’s name in place of Salinger’s, and is thus a work of ‘appropriation art’ billed as a ‘sculpture book’. The appropriateness of such appropriation is uncontested if the bill […]

Baby Food: How to Eat like an American: An analysis of Man vs Food

The television show ‘Man v. Food’, first screened in 2008, has become popular on both sides of the Atlantic, giving rise more recently to the programmes  ‘Man v. Food Nation’ and ‘Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America’.  The basic concept is simple: the host, Adam Richman, travels across the U.S. sampling the food of different […]

CrossCountry Trains: How Can We Measure Ideology Today?

John McCririck tells us in a special Cheltenham Cup CrossCountry Trains advertisement that when travelling with this company ‘everything is laid on for you at your leisure!’ The first comment on the YouTube video of the ad, from stevealston185, however, rather gives us these odds: ‘5-1 sit on the floor; 4-1 sit on the roof; 3-1 […]

Bears behaving like Humans, a new reddit topic.  We’ve had a go at explaining why these are funny. 

Fear and Anxiety in ‘The Gruffalo’ We usually think of anxiety as being caused by fear; we feel anxious because we are scared of something or because we worry something might happen.  We speak of feeling anxious ‘about’ something or of something ‘making’ us anxious.  A strange man hanging around outside our house will make […]

‘Change Your Life’: An analysis of Little Mix

‘Change Your Life’ is the latest single by the girl-band Little Mix, winners of the 2011 series of The X-Factor. It is a song that tells us an awful lot about ourselves. ‘Change, change your life, take it all’ the chorus commands, reminding us what we already know: our current life is insufficient, it lacks […]

How Toasties Hide Little Bits of the Real

Theodor W. Adorno uses the word ‘culinary’ to designate something of an unanalytic and self-satisfied attitude, so cookery advice might be the last thing you’d expect of us, but… There are three Lacanian orders: the Imaginary, the Symbolic and the Real. If the Imaginary registers the split in subjectivity (the gap between what we know […]