Homi K. Bhabha week. #2 The Location of Culture – Preface

Rethinking questions of identity, social agency and national affiliation, Bhabha provides a working, if controversial, theory of cultural hybridity – one that goes far beyond previous attempts by others. In The Location of Culture, he uses concepts such as mimicry, interstice, hybridity, and liminality to argue that cultural production is always most productive where it is most ambivalent.

BORDER LIVES: THE ART OF THE PRESENT

It is the trope of our times to locate the question of culture in the realm of the beyond. At the century’s edge, we are less exercised by annihilation – the death of the author – or epiphany – the birth of the ‘subject’. Our existence today is marked by a tenebrous sense of survival, living on the borderlines of the ‘present’, for which there seems to be no proper name other than the current and controversial shiftiness of the prefix ‘post’: postmodernism, postcolonialism, postfeminism….

The ‘beyond’ is neither a new horizon, nor a leaving behind of the past…. Beginnings and endings may be the sustaining myths of the middle years; but in the end of the century, we find ourselves in the moment of transit where space and time cross to produce complex figures of difference and identity, past and present, inside and outside, inclusion and exclusion. For there is a sense of disorientation, a disturbance of direction, in the ‘beyond’: an exploratory, restless movement caught so well in the French rendition of the words au-delà – here and there, on all sides, fort/da, hither and thither, back and forth.’

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dotdotdot the new digital reading Application

The texts and thoughts you care about – all in one place: dotdotdot.me

I’ve been testing this tool and I highly recommend it. Why?

Because it’s an amazing tool to keep all your readings in the same place. It basically works like this:

  1. You have a browser plugin that let’s you grab the text and send it to dotdotdot
    That’s important: Only the text content so you get rid of all clutter (Banners, promos, newsletter signups, etc)
  2. You add this into your dotdotdot Library and you can start reading inmediatly.
    Beautiful, only text, in a white screen as it should be!
  3. You can make comments of parts of the text and read it cross devices (Iphone, Ipad currently)
    Just if you were taking notes in your studies, select part, comment, share.

Do you like the idea ?
Well, I loved it. But as with anything else, you have to try it for yourself!

They are going to work out an Android version too. But we need to give them some time, it’s hard to develop something and cope with so many different versions.

So here is the deal:

Got a few invitations left, but they are reserved only for book lovers and digital readers.
If you want to receive one, send me a twit with your blog or your reading recommendations and you will receive an invitation.