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An incredibly valuable stepping-stone to actually understanding Deleuze and Guattari. If you get Deleuze on your own, then you're a better person than I am and I owe you a batch of cookies.
I'm not sure if it was the writing, the concepts, or my own ignorance, but I had a lot of trouble understanding what this book was trying to say. It is supposed to be an easier to digest introduction to Deleuze and Guattari's Capitalism and Schizophrenia....but it wasn't for me.
"which is more disgusting (or pathetic) it more or to throw a brick threw a courthouse window or to collect and label it? to break out in larvae or to pin an insect?"it's the unforgettable nature of quotes like that, recalled instantly 10 years after reading it, that make this book such a winner
Review published in Criticism 35.1 (1993): 131-134.
I will be reading this book forever. I don't know where I am or what's going on or what I am anymore, but I like it, whatever it is.
I was under the impression that this was a quite inscrutable, singular work of little benefit to understanding the complexities of Capitalism & Schizophrenia - not at all. The line between citation/explanation of the subject texts and original extrapolation/explanation (or the Deleuze-Guattari/Massumi authorial voices) is for the most part well-defined, and the copious endnotes and index take us away from Anti-Oedipus and A Thousand Plateaus and towards the authors' individual works, an...
This book serves less as an introduction than as a supplement to AO and ATP, and should probably be read after rather than before or alongside. Massumi tackles 3 major themes or concepts. The first section focuses on how force functions through the the movement of Abstract Machines, Expression and Content, and the way that this movement occurs along the virtual/actual of the real. The second section looks at the process of molarisation through the 3 syntheses (connective, disjunctive, conjunctiv...
Very fun read.Massumi translated A Thousand Plateaus to English. Here he picks up the thread of Deleuze/Guattari, their themes and style.Anti-Oedipus made me feel like I was going crazy, like I never knew what they were talking about. My favorite part was the lyricism.Here the language and scope are just as insane, but there are tons of examples and applications. Massumi brings this style of philosophy closer to day-to-day life for me. Ironically he does so using more abstract tools like fractal...
Massumi is one of the prominent Deleuzian scholars and translators in the US. This is his guide ("deviations", actually) to their ideas. He presents them extremely intelligibly, which, if you've read any of "Anti-Oedipus" or "Thousand Plateaus," can be a feat. There's a lyricism to the writing as well, giving the ideas more flavor and impact than an academic presentation would.
playful massumi calls his ideas deviations...ha! well that's a joke in d&g land folks.great primer.
Very much a companion volume.
disambiguifies heaps of concepts from d&g, be they ambiguous for neologistic reasons (BwO) or for historical reasons (Bergson's virtual/actual dichotomy as opposed to possible/real or symbolic/real or symbolic/imaginary/real or etc.) or for both reasons (immanence). elaborated in an ordinary if empirical language. actually made me, at points, glad to have an engineering degree; it can be daunting that Massumi has...real physical-scientific knowledge and is putting it to use in philosophy. it has...
Ter lido Isabelle Stengers antes disso não fez muito bem pro Massumi: suas generalizações e forçações de barra ficam mais evidentes pelo contraste. Ainda assim, é um bom exemplo de uma linha de leitura importante de D&G. E em alguns momentos a abordagem de Massumi resulta em análises muito fortes, inclusive algumas particularmente relevantes para o momento atual.
Love this book for its method; the first of the three sections is especially well written/conceived.The method is very much in the spirit of Deleuze and Guattari, in that any commentary as repetition is necessarily then a creative act. Hence the word "deviations" in the subtitle. Massumi breaks the book down into three potent sections (Force, Habit, Monstrosity), and then, instead of filling each with quotes and in-text citations of Deleuze and Guattari's works, he fills out his own compact expl...
I got a copy of this second hand, though it has been on my reading list for some time. The book offers some useful background info on the often obscure source of Deleuze and Guattari's thought. I found especially useful the distinction between Actual and Virtual being framed in Quantum Mechanical terms, though I admit to still not understanding either fully. I will certainly return to what has been a useful resource.