as an actor you get to demystify what it means to be a human being. That’s a beautiful thing.

— Philip Seymour Hoffman (on George Clooney’s “Ides of March”)


“The cometition with the father (via alienating identification) ..represents a preliminary escape from the mother: it enables the child to keep her at bay, means of the father’s imaginary phallus, which ..the child literally embodies/is, the second stage of the Oedipus complex.” – Lorenzo Chiesa

“A certain jouissance that is ‘squeezed’ out of the body is refound in speech. The Other as language enjoys in our stead. ..It is only insofar as we alienate ourselves in the Other ..that we can share some of the jouissance circulating in the Other.” – bruce fink

“Man’s very insides – his self – are foreign to him. He doesn’t know ..why he was born, what he is doing on the planet, ..what he can expect.

– The Denial of Death (1973)

His own existence is incomprehensible to him, a miracle just like the rest of creation, closer to him, right near his pounding heart, but for that reason all the more strange.”

— Ernest Becker, ibid.