“Subjectivity as inevitably caused by lack means one can give up enforcing a meaning on one’s life as a make-or-break way of compensating for lack” – Andre Vantino

“I’ve known you for years. Everyone says you were beautiful when you were young, but I want to tell you I think you’re more beautiful now than then. Rather than your face as a young woman, I prefer your face as it is now. Ravaged.” – Marguerite Duras, The Lover

“[He] goes on and on..how his [mum]..did this to him,..giving an account of..dissatisfactions. ..What if the ultimate trauma is not the “cause”, but that there is no cause, that the conflicts of the symbolic..are constitutive, that there isn’t a grand story [to] explain it all?” – “What if any talk of causes is simply a way of minimizing anxiety and horror by suggesting the possibility of an alternative timeline where this dissatisfaction didn’t exist? I confess that I find this thought horrifying. If every master-signifier or narrative I present is ultimately a mythological, fantasmatic frame designed to cover over the impossible real haunting my situation, how is it possible for me to act at all? Lacan liked to say that the idea of the world is a fantasy:” “The world is symmetrical to the subject– the world of what I last time called thought is the equivalent, the mirror image, of thought. That is why there was nothing but fantasy regarding knowledge until the advent of modern science” (Seminar 20, 127). levipaulbryant – Larval Subjects – levi bryant