“The object a is defined here as condensed or materialized jouissance with which the subject identifies itself as an object that causes its own desire.” – If one thinks of the petit a as a positivization of the negativity of loss—a retrieval of a wisp—one may speak of the enjoyment of meaning or jouis-sens wherein ego becomes an object reducible to the death drive.

– ELLIE RAGLAND

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we are fixated as “selves” or egos in words and identifications that represent us as subjects of desire (lack) or objects of the real (loss), we wear our masks comfortably, happily repressing the knowledge of who and what we are. Yet our desire is isolated in an absent Other knowledge we assume to be pregiven, natural, or innate. But, we are bothered by the Other’s jouissance there is a “beyond” in the pleasure principle only because our quests for pleasure always include dissatisfaction and loss. And this occurs, not simply because the pleasure “principle” or quest for satisfaction pushes us to repeat, but because we become affixed to repetitions rather than to satisfactions. Freud saw that “beyond” the pleasure prin­ ciple, we stumble onto death in the guise of repetition. – ELLIE-RAGLAND-Essays-on-the-Pleasures-of-Death

“In anorexia, ..the ..demand for love turns into a drive to merge with nothingness itself, thus replicating the void feeling” – ELLIE-RAGLAND-Essays-on-the-Pleasures-of-Death-From-Freud-to-Lacan

“We are used to the real.. ..The real exsists as a kind of “extimate” object at a point where subjects are objects—the gaze, the voice, the void, and so on, not masters of the word.” – THE PLEASURES OF DEATH – ELLIE RAGLAND