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    Can anyone here help? I have been browsing the swatches of Deleuze that can be found on the internet. I find it difficult to understand from these what Deleuze is. This, for example, from 'How to make yourself a body without organs':

    No longer are there acts to explain, dreams or phantasies to
    interpret, childhood memories to recall, words to make signify; instead, there
    are colors and sounds, becomings and intensities (and when you become-dog,
    donít ask if the dog you are playing with is a dream or a reality, if it is "your
    goddam mother" or something else entirely). There is no longer a Self [Moi]
    that feels, acts, and recalls; there is "a glowing fog, a dark yellow mist" that
    has affects and experiences movements, speeds.20 The important thing is not
    to dismantle the tonal by destroying it all of a sudden. You have to diminish
    it, shrink it, clean it, and that only at certain moments. You have to keep it in
    order to survive, to ward off the assault of the nagual. For a nagual that
    erupts, that destroys the tonal, a body without organs that shatters all the
    strata, turns immediately into a body of nothingness, pure self-destruction
    whose only outcome is death: "The tonal must be protected at any cost."zí

    Is Deleuze a witchdoctor? The question is genuine. If he is not, what is being proposed here?

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    Deleuze is French.
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    Surely that extract is self explanatory?

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    What he's saying is, "woof woof".

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    That extract sounds more like Guattari going off, I must say.

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    there's no point starting with Deleuze's bigger stuff like capitalism and schizophrenia or logic and sense, it's a whole new language.

    read D&G's book on Kafka, which is probably the best sustained piece of literary criticism I've ever read

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    I love the title of this thread.

    What is Deleuze?

    Deleuze is:

    ď(1) a noise, (2) a proper name, (3) a complex system of ideas, (4) a controlling perception, (5) an instrument of verbal organization, (6) a pretended mode of referring and (7) a source of verbal energy.Ē

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    it sounds like the viscous runoff on a delicatessen floor after a long day of slicing meats and cheeses

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    The worst mistake people make is to start with What is Philosophy? - no, they don't explain it!

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    ^ heidegger?

    worse is: what is poetry?

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    Or: What is Dissensus?

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    Body without organs = formless warrior?

    I always thought as much.

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    I thought the body without organs had something to do with potential, like the unrealized you that is still to become (or not). I hardly know anything about Deleuze though.

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    He's the King of the Divan.

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    I wonder, is anyone actually going to try and help this poor cunt out at any point in this thread? It is incredible the speed at which some threads descend into recondite tableaux.

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