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THIS has to be read to be believed - although I suspect this so called "interpretation" of Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut - as an undercover web of quote "numerous veiled allusions to the CIA's MK-ULTRA mind control experiments and Monarch sex slave programming" unquote - is actually in itself some kind of weird mindfuck put-on by none other than my colleague Mark K., masquerading here under the obvious pseudonym "Adam Gorightly".
(Am I hearing things, Mark, or is that last name there what I think it is - a quotation of your all time fave performance by Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's?)
Come on Mark - the "front" magazine here is even called The Konformist - konformist with a K, punk!? Whaddya think - we're amateurs?

posted by Ian 2/03/2006 03:47:00 PM

Yes, depending on which direction your eyes are pointing. But kompare it with this - related - piece by MarK:


My own fragments from back then were here:
Stanley Kubrick's Dream-Film

Perhaps MarK might like to check this out too:
Kubrick Kafka [K-punk :-)]: The Corporeal Uncanny

Extract: "The necessary condition for an image is sight," Gustav Janouch claims to have said to Kafka. Kafka supposedly smiled and replied: "We photograph things in order to drive them out of our minds. My stories are a way of shutting my eyes." 1 Photography as exorcism is performed in order to drive things out of our minds. In a typical paradox, Kafka transforms the photograph from a vehicle of remembrance, a monument to a thing or moment in the external world, into a means of expelling a "thing"--a place, a person, a demon?--from the mind itself. Given material expression in the photograph, the image is separable, detachable not only from its referent but, as Kafka is supposed to have put it, from the "mind." In Kafka's formulation as transmitted by Janouch, stories are "a way," a means of shutting the eyes, of not looking at what we do not wish to see. But this paradox ensures that the link between photographs and works of fiction remains ambiguous. On the one hand, stories are seen in contradistinction to photography--not as a means of exorcising demons, but rather as a means of shutting them out, of erecting a textual barrier between self and world. On the other hand, it is the relatedness of story to photograph that is intriguing, the sense in which writing too, may be an exorcism. "Shutting the eyes," as an act entailed in writing, would render narrative an effort both to expel and shut out the images that photography fixes. In this reading, narrative is complicit with photography in its attempt to keep the "things" that haunt us at a distance. But is sight really the "necessary condition for the image," as Janouch postulates? Surely it is also suggested that some images exist in the mind's eye alone.
I'd love to check it out Padraig, but I don't have a way into the gated complex of Muse... grrrrr....

I'm afraid I didn't write the Konformist piece but I have of course read it... the whole Monarch thing is fascinating and creepy.... the weirdest artifact is Cathy O'Brien's lunatic Trance-formation of America, in which she claims to be a victim of Monarch... it reads like Sadean pornography, in which all of the major players in the US elite of the past decade or so feature as characters/abusers... As you read it, you think: this can't be true, of course, and yet it seems incredible that she just dreamt it up... since it takes libel to a whole new level, I'm assuming that the only reason it didn't get banned is that a ban would draw more attention to it...

and for the record, I LOATHE Breakfast at Tiffany's, it's one of my least favourite films ever... :-)
My favourite bit in the Konformist thesis - a klassic bit of the sort of freeform amateur konjecture that gives conspiracy 'theory' a bad name - is where he says, 'Oh, I didn't catch the name of the book Eyes Wide Shut was based on or who wrote it (ha! such rigor!)but I think I'm sure it was called... 'Trauma Ville'!
And then reaps further speculative harvest from the word Trauma...

For the non-Kubrick-krazies record: it was a Frederic Raphael update of Arthur Schnitzler's 1926 Traumnovelle[aka Dream Story]... the Freudian pay-offs here are ... well, resistible, actually.

{BTW what term might one use that combined sleuthery + pseudery...? Pseuthery? Foreseuthery? Pslurry?
Answers in a parapraxis to the usual Pandora's Commentary Pspeaker Boxx...
{Lawds sakes... the Power Word last go round was SO baroquely hallucinowoozy I couldnt make out its yUse from its Wubble yews...

Maybe Mark S is right and they are taking us into some Stalker-esque zone... or even Sinkeresque...

Power Word: YKSVKRT
Actually, reviewing Mark K's comments on "Cathy O'Brien's lunatic Trance-formation of America," which "takes libel to a whole new level" - alongside the pop-up (ab)use of 'Traum | trauma | dream' makes me want to string together some kind of real speculative chain... can something from the Unconscious be tried as a "libel"? Even if that Unconscious is collective? It IS quite astonishing JUST how many genuinely alienated American citizens do REALLY believe in various conspiracy /X-phile /Alien-nation "fictions" or "theories" or - call it how you will... mass trauma? deception? fiction? faction? politics as psychosis? Etc etc. Especially as this whole area shades over into mind-control/ hypnosis/ recovered memory / LSD-implant etc...
It's why David Icke is reborn over there as a foot-Notable ... and probaly also where the Democrats (mainly, but also the Reps) lose more and more voters off the edge of the map as every year of dissatis|fiction with the Mainstream Simulation goes by....
For the record: Breakfast at Tiffany's: yes crap film; but marvellous (& much darker) novel|la ...
Yes, MarK, likewise. Will e-mail when/if I get a copy. And these too:

Jill Scott, "Slavoj Zizek and the Pursuit of Fantasy in Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut and Arthur Schnitzler's Dream Story. Canadian Comparative Literature Association, Halifax (May, 2003)

Jill Scott, "The Fantasy of Repressed Empire in Arthur Schnitzler’s Traumnovelle." Canadian Association of University Teachers of German, Halifax (May, 2003)

I'm getting the feeling that articles/texts don't really exist unless/until they're online ...

RE: sleuthery + pseudery ... what was the name of the cod-Freudian detective who "explained everything" about Norman Bates at the end of Psycho? ...
It's the (rather disappointing) "Dr Simon" (unless: too simple, Simon?)

see, Raymond Durgnat, p 208, "SCENES 244-8 THE PSYCHOLOGIST EXPLAINS IT ALL" in "A Long Hard Look At Psycho" [BFI]
Ah, yes - thanks for that; I was confusing Simon with the other guy - so it'll have to be the kitchen-knife dangling detective Arbog[h]astly instead?
Furthermore [given your pedantic fondness for citations], the perils of over-anxious Psleudery were, of course, deconstructed by Lacan in

Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Arboghasting (But Were Afraid To Ask Zizek), Jacques Lacan, Lacanian Acrylic XVIII, Vol 3, Issue 2, Pgs 529-535 (Out of print),

which, as would be expected, was anticipated by Freud and communicated to Lacan in

Letters To My Colleagues In The Telephonic Age, Sigmund Freud, in The Future of Psleudery In Classical Narrative Cinema, (Eds) Norman Cocks and Alfred Bates, 1939, Routledge and Kegan Paul; first published in Le Cahiers du Cinema 3:2 (deleted),

which in turn, obviously, was predicted by Nietzsche in his essay on Heidegger and the legacy of German Idealism, Behold der Ubermensch of Noontime: Psleudery in the Age of Psychobabbling, in Eche Freud der Unheimlich!, Frederich A von Nietzsche, 1888, Pelican Classics (in liquidation),

and, as we recently witnessed, the Hollywood/Woody Allen feature-length re-make/re-working (The Shrinking Roundabout, a straight-to-video tax write-off) of an early season of the long-running BBC TV cartoon hit The Magic Roundabout delved further into the Psleudery phenomenon, with a re-appearance by Arboghast fastidiously inquiring after the patriarchal origins of Zebedi's spring-action erector-set ...
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