Chris Kraus’s Torpor, originally published in 2006, was recently republished by semiotext(e). In Null and Void, Becca Rothfeld insists that Torpor “is not the festival of negativity we deserved but the festival of negativity we needed in those—and these—artificially untroubled times.” Though she deems the novel “depressing to a fault,” she argues for the importance of negativity and negative emotion in a culture that frequently requires a false outward display of positivity. In Slate.
Also, be sure to check out Negative Emotions, by Lydia Davis (author of Can’t and Won’t, The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, Break it Down, and many more.) It’s referenced in Null and Void and follows a similar trajectory of arguing for negative emotional spaces and reactions, though Davis does a good job of making that sentiment quite funny. From Tweed’s.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the process…
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