Shandean Postscripts to Politics, Philosophy, & Culture

Political Poetics, Poetic Politics, Law, Love, & the Jurisprudence of Desire

Jerry Monaco
7 August
External Services:
  • monacojerry@livejournal.com
A Utopian Note for All of Us Reader/Hypocrites

If I write a cliché our language suffers. If what I write doesn't flash a spark into the nerves of the brain, then what is the use? What is the use of writing at all unless your writing can bring people to desire, or feel deeply, or see anew, or inspire creativity or reach out in solidarity? There is no use. If my writing is useless or cliché then tear it down. But show me!

Even now, you, reading these words, "hypocrite lecteur, -- mon semblable, -- mon frere!" - why are you not creating yourself, writing your self, making a narrative out of your "self", or if you can't make a narrative, why then aren't you creating a view of the world you perceive and love, a view that will help us see and know more completely? Why not? What of your own rage and desire at this moment? Why aren't you searching through Percy Shelley and Emma Goldman for new inspiration to live a life where you can experience the sunlight coming through the window in all of its burning beauty and dirty ugliness? Or perhaps this is also failure, our search, our longing, as well as our writing. Because we must fail always, even as we succeed, when our success is not with others. Even our talk of beauty must fail when it implies ignorance of so much suffering. Only when we are all creator/spectators of the democracy of genius that is in each of us, only when we are making it possible for all individuals of our species to experience the world to its fullest, only then will we become the creative human beings that each of us should become, must become, to fulfill the genius which is the specificity of each individual. When we can all have a chance to work together, write poetry, make movies together, theorize for others and for ourselves then we will know our desires, and truly begin to make a human world.

So this is your utopian note, hypocrite reader.

I know I will not always live up to my hopes. I know that these are only notes for something better -- the longing to read and to be read, to experience and understand -- but I welcome all readers, all questions, all comments, all criticism, all help.

My other webpage is
Jerry Monaco's Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Notes & Explanations: BtVS as a Powerful Work of Art


My poetry, fiction and memories will be posted at
Hopeful Monsters
Poetry, Fiction, Memories by Jerry Monaco


Technorati Profile

Technorati search


only search Shandean Postscripts


Political Poetics, Poetic Politics, Law, Love, & the Jurisprudence of Desire

absalom absalom, agamben, alfred hitchcock, althusser, anarchism, ancient athens, ancient history, ancient rome, anna karenina, antigone, arthur corbin, auden, barbara stanwyck, benny goodman, bertolt brecht, bertrand russell, bleak house, bob dylan, bobby fischer, borges, brainerd currie, brian morton, btvs, buffy, buffy the vampire slayer, calvino, camus, cantor, cavalli-sforza, chaos theory, charles darwin, charles dickens, chinatown, chomsky, cicero, civil rights, clodius, conflict of laws, creativity, double indemnity, edmund wilson, entomology, entropy, epistemology, evolution, evolutionary psychology, evolutionary theory, faulkner, frank sinatra, french revolution, game theory, garry kasparov, godel, grapes of wrath, hamlet, hegel, hemingway, herbert marcuse, ideology, information theory, international law, james joyce, jean-paul sartre, jerry fodor, jerry monaco, john steinbeck, joseph brodsky, joseph conrad, josiah ober, julius caesar, julius moravcsik, jurisdiction, karl llewellyn, kronstadt, kropotkin, law, law and literature, law and violence, lawyers, louis althusser, louis armstrong, ludwig wittgenstein, marx, meaning, mikhail tal, mind, monaco, montale, nagel, najdorf, narrative, noam chomsky, nomos, norm, oliver wendell holmes, orson welles, pale fire, paul feyerabend, percy shelley, pericles, personal jurisdiction, peter goodrich, plato, plutarch, pnin, poems, poetry, radical, revolution, richard posner, robert cover, robert lowell, robespierre, roman polanski, roman republic, rudolf rocker, sartre, scalia, set theory, sociobiology, sovereignty, stephen jay gould, supreme court, tacitus, tal, the clash, the french revolution, the gracchi, thomas more, tiberius gracchus, torture, trotsky, umberto eco, unions, vampire, violence, vivian darkbloom, vladimir nabokov, walker percy, whitman, william blake, william o. douglas, wittgenstein, wordsworth, working class, yeats, zizek