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August 25, 2010


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For what it's worth, those ideas for posts sound interesting!

John Bloomberg-Rissman

Please don't lose heart, Dr Dean. Everyone who thinks and feels comes up against the truth of nihilism sooner or later. My answer is to do everything with love. It does seem to make a difference. Not in the larger sense, but it is possible to live.

Your work is important to me, whether you know it or not.

Jodi Dean

Thanks for the comments. I appreciate it.

Don't be scared, it's only Communism


Not to add more to your plate, but have you read The Infinite Conversation by Blanchot? His essay on Bataille is perhaps appropriate for how you're feeling.

At any rate, your blog is extremely worthwhile to many of us.


I understand the feeling of meaningless - especially as things for us collectively spin out of controll. I also want to add that I am among those who find meaning and insight from your work - I hope you can find your way through a difficult place. Thanks for all you do.


I often remind myself of that old testament saying that hope might be weak but it's hard to kill. For me all situations where hope might seem to have gone are merely moments where we are not connecting with all the people we need to nourish us.
I have to confess that reading your blog has kept me hopeful for ages now.. you seem be real in a world where heartfelt connection is no more. But i have some sort of fear of even posting a simple comment.

I guess it's all part of the 'living in end times' but which is absolutely not end times at all.

Another favourite idea recently has been Badiou's idea of loss of sequencies.. that we really need

Jodi Dean

Simon--thanks for your comment; I'm glad you overcame your fear. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness.


I will take you up on that suggestion, since I have not read any of Harvey's books. But this seems like a good place to start.

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