Hysteria and Paranoia II
Earl Jackson, Jr.
|„Hysterics suffer mainly from reminiscences.“
Sigmund Freud, „Preliminary Communication“
On May 6, 1995, Earl Jackson, Jr. received the email message below from the Lacan Net. He then forwarded a copy to „Group 136,“ the collective name for the participants in his first Hysteria and Paranoia Seminar
Date: Sat, May 6, 1995 9:31 PM PDT
Subj: re: lacan list open
From: Harvey Forman
On Thu, 4 May 1995 firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
If you get this the Lacan list is open again after some down time. If you
Hi Kent! Hello whoever else is here! This is merely a tentative message seeking a few minds which might qualify, however temporarily, as a destination. (I’ll send you my mind if you’ll send me yours…
I (or whatever local signifier is willing to stand in for me — it’s geting harder and harder to find one, though certainly would be willing to participate in a few in-mixed (which may or may not be the same as mixed-up, since even things which are identical to themselves are nevertheless split off right from the get-go, or so some voice claiming to be me keeps saying…actually, it’s not clear whether this voice is speaking, or merely echoing what it claims to have heard from someone else, once upon a time… conversations, in which we (whoever we weave ourselves together to be) so temptingly tempt each other to think beyond our means (hey, it doesn’t do any good to save your thoughts, like a miser hoarding some imagined wealth, so you might as well spend them all here… and even, possibly (no matter how impossibly) clear our virtual throats enough for a few words of true speech (or was that merely full speech, which may make its way — our way? — or is the attempt itself merely a roadblock in our way? — to a destination we need to find ourselves in, even if our habitually shaped egos, never quite shipshape enough for the long voyage through storms of the unconscious, dark and stormy night of dreaming soul, can never quit(e) muster the insight or courage to get us (t)here alone.
To speak either simply enough, or complexly enough.
As it says in THE THIRD MIND (by William S. Burroughs & Brion Gysin) (in the article by Gerard-Georges Lemaire, prior to the Introductions — the plural form here is not, by the way, a misspelling or typo — and quoting (as if „always already“, eh?) an interview by Robert Palmer, in _Rolling Stone_):
„14. You and Brion have described your collaborations over the years as the products of a „third mind.“ What’s the source of this concept? „BURROUGHS: A book called _Think and Grow Rich. „GYSIN: It says that when you put two minds together… „BURROUGHS: …there is always a third mind… „GYSIN: …a third and superior mind… „BURROUGHS: as an unseen colaborator.“
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