“When the ego becomes too narrow and rigid, ..tendencies that do not fit its selfimage ..return in ..neurotic symptoms” – SLAVOJ ZIZEK http://ift.tt/1dnA8Ze


“The clearest account of the..symbolic..is..Woody Allen’s..divorce with Mia Farrow. Allen is said to have dealt with the media in the same hyperactive, idiosyncratic ways [as] the characters in his films. A traditional psychoanalytic reading..would argue,..Allen’s actions are..repressed..traits of his own self put down onto the big screen, and then reappearing as a result of a..breakdown. The Lacanian..would argue..that Allen’s incorporation of his symbolic behavior patterns from symbolic art is real life as such. The..subject is deprived of that which it believes to be the most intimate part of himself.” – Daniel Tutt on MIA FARROW / WOODY ALLEN

The idea that only “borderlines” are split, broken and divided is according to, Lacan’s way of thinking, predicated on the ego-psychological (and common) illusion that there is a normal state of “wholeness” and “unity.” The belief in an integrated self, according to Lacan, is a function of our taking our “specular image” for the real subject. Another of the effects of the mirror stage is the illusion of autonomy. Any adult who is questioned about himself will insist that he knows that he is free, knows what he wants and he has to do, etc. because he is his own person..

Liliana Rusansky Drob,

Of the many mysteries attending Plath (for example, whether or not she’d meant to kill herself — she’d stuck her head in the oven, true, but had left a note for her neighbor instructing him to ‘call Dr. Horder,’ a note she possibly expected him to find in time to save her), this was the one that most fascinated me — no matter how many photographs I’d seen of her, I had no idea what she looked like. Each new photograph undermined the believability of the others, as though she’d been, even while alive, unwilling to commit to her own face.

Heidi Julavits, The Vanishers