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You Had To Be There by Vanessa Place

You Had To Be There

You Had To Be There by Vanessa Place
Nov 02, 2018 | 160 Pages
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    Nov 02, 2018 | 160 Pages

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“It may appear as an act of madness to publish a collection of jokes on rape in our politically correct atmosphere—but it is the right gesture, theoretically and politically. Vanessa Place demonstrates that, when things get really horrible, every gesture of dignity and compassion is a fake, and only humor works: humor which does not make fun of its object but bears witness to our impotence and failure to deal with the object appropriately. No wonder the best films about holocaust are also comedies; sometimes, laughter is the most authentic way to admit our perplexity and despair. Place’s book is for everyone who has the courage to confront the horror of rape without the easy escape into comfortable compassion.” —Slavoj Žižek

“Place’s work is risky from start to finish, but that is what makes it so uneasily potent. To Place, ‘Art is violence, to time and space and representation.’ Her work fully lends itself to risk because it thrives on tension through antagonism and the brutal honesty of the darker shades life has to offer.” —The Michigan Daily (U of M newspaper)

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