Episode #08: The War Machine

This week we are joined by a very special guest, Lucy from the Wyrd Signal podcast. Together, we read the nomadology chapter on Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus.

We spoke about the form and content of State apparatuses, war machines, nomads, blobs, and how this all relates to conflicts in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel-Palestine and the clandestine activities of the deep state.

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If you like to read along with us, we read “1227: Treatise on Nomadology — The War Machine” from Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus — a chapter so long that has also been published in its own right as Nomadology: The War Machine.

Below you can find a list of additional links to further material that is either discussed over the course of this episode or which helped inform our readings:

The Buddies Without Organs podcast theme tune was written and recorded by George Rennie.

Episode #07: The Fold (Part 1)

It has been a long time coming… I don’t think we fully appreciated what we getting ourselves into here. Unfolding, with intervals, over the coming months, the buddies begin their three-part reading of Gilles Deleuze’s 1988 book The Fold.

Beginning with a quick look at the life and times of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, each of the buddies tackle a chapter in the first third of this uncharacteristically dry but quintessentially difficult book on the Baroque.

Each of us felt bruised after this. We hope our listeners do not. Even if you do, bear with us as we unpack one of Deleuze’s most densely rewarding works.

(Also, please excuse the lack of a doodle for this episode. The use of Velázquez’ Las Meninas comes courtesy of Wikipedia’s treasure trove of hi-res public domain artworks because Matt has only gone and broken his drawing hand.)

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Below you can find a list of additional links and references to secondary scholarship and visual material that is discussed over the course of this episode:

The Buddies Without Organs podcast theme tune was written and recorded by George Rennie.

Episode #06: Chronosis and the Three Buddy Problem

The buddies are doing something a little different this episode. Having previously announced a three-episode deep-dive in Deleuze’s The Fold, they all had pretty rotten Aprils. Corey suggested we cover something a bit lighter in the meantime… Instead we read Chronosis.

Written by Reza Negarestani and Robin Mackay, with astounding artwork by Keith Tilford, Chronosis is the story of time itself and its encounters with various tribes and villains throughout the multiverse.

In this episode, the buddies try to unpack this comic adventure, figure out if Reza Negarestani really exists, and ponder the philosophical potential of modern mythologies.

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If you would like to read along with us, visit the Urbanomic website to pick up a copy of Chronosis for yourself, where you’ll also find links to various stockists.

The Buddies Without Organs podcast theme tune was written and recorded by George Rennie.

Episode #05: On the Superiority of Anglo-American Literature

It is possible that writing has an intrinsic relationship with lines of flight. To write is to trace lines of flight which are not imaginary, and which one is indeed forced to follow, because in reality writing involves us there, draws us in there. To write is to become, but has nothing to do with becoming a writer. That is to become something else.

Gilles Deleuze, “On the Superiority of Anglo-American Literature”

This week, Sean, Matt and Corey talk about literature, gay Plato, lines of flight, Georges Bataille, the Situationists, whiteness, the American frontier, DH Lawrence, Kurtz-gradients, Leslie Fiedler, Game of Thrones, Saint Paul, secrets, treachery, and what it means to be a writer.

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If you would like to read along with us, this discussion was primarily based on “On the Superiority of Anglo-American Literature”, taken from Deleuze’s 1980 book Dialogues II.

The Buddies Without Organs podcast theme tune was written and recorded by George Rennie.

Episode #04: The Geology of Morals

God is a lobster, or a double pincer, a double bind.

Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus

This week, Sean and Matt are joined by a new buddy, Corey! Together, they talk about what is likely the most notorious text in Deleuze and Guattari’s oeuvre. Topics covered include geology, North Korea, theory-fiction and the humiliation of structuralism.

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If you would like to read along with us, this discussion was primarily based on “10,000 B.C.: The Geology of Morals (Who Does the Earth Think It Is?)”, taken from Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus.

The Buddies Without Organs podcast theme tune was written and recorded by George Rennie.

Episode #03: Desiring-Machines

Snow on the peaks and upper slopes, gray rock down into the valleys, swatches of green, boulders, firs. It was sopping cold, the water trickled down the rocks and leapt across the path. The fir boughs sagged in the damp air. Gray clouds drifted across the sky, but everything so stifling, and then the fog floated up and crept heavy and damp through the bushes, so sluggish, so clumsy. He walked onward, caring little one way or another, to him the path mattered not, now up , now down. He felt no fatigue, except sometimes it annoyed him that he could not walk on his head. At first he felt a tightening in his chest when the rocks skittered away, the gray woods below him shook, and the fog now engulfed the shapes, now half-revealed their powerful limbs; things were building up inside him, he was searching for something, as if for lost dreams, but was finding nothing. Everything seemed so small, so near, so wet, he would have liked to set the earth down behind an oven, he could not grasp why it took so much time to clamber down a slope, to reach a distant point; he was convinced he could cover it all with a pair of strides.

Georg Büchner, Lenz

This week, Sean and Matt overcomplicate Oedipus whilst talking about fascists in the Capitol, chickens, eggs, and psychoanalysis.

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If you would like to read along with us, this discussion was primarily based on “Desiring-Machines”, the first chapter of Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus.

The Buddies Without Organs podcast theme tune was written and recorded by George Rennie.

Episode #02: Plane of Immanence

Only friends can set out a place of immanence as a ground from which idols have been cleared.

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, What is Philosophy?

Only friends…? What about… Buddies?

This week, Sean and Matt talk about the weather, philosophizing between buddies, and the limits of thought.

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If you would like to read along with us, this discussion was primarily based on “The Plane of Immanence” chapter from Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari’s What is Philosophy?

The Buddies Without Organs podcast theme tune was written and recorded by George Rennie.

Episode #01: Body Without Organs

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Buddies Without Organs. We began our adventure with our podcast’s namesake — the body without organs.

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If you would like to read along with us, this discussion was primarily based on the sixth chapter of A Thousand Plateaus by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, entitled “November 28, 1947: How do you Make Yourself a Body Without Organs?”

The Buddies Without Organs podcast theme tune was written and recorded by George Rennie.