In his book Lust, the philosopher Simon Blackburn argues that traditionally we lump sex and lust together, giving both a bad name they do not deserve. For Blackburn, lust need not be excessive, illicit or dehumanizing: Lust can be a virtue and not a vice.
Lust, when properly understood and performed, is, in the words of David Hume, “useful or agreeable to the personal himself and to others.” Lust is about desire that is felt. Lust is about the pursuit of sexual ecstasy.
But, but, but, says Blackburn, the full pleasure of sexual activity requires the presence of another-- a partner, a fellow traveler. There must always be an object of lust who is not treated as other, but rather as someone you “desire to please” as much as you “desire to be pleased.”
Citing Thomas Hobbes, Blackburn argues that lust is about two drives or two appetites together: To please < --- > To be pleased. “I desire you, and I desire your desire for me… A pleases B, B is pleased by what A is doing and A is pleased at B’s pleasure.” And so on, and so on, and so on.
For Blackburn, true lust must be more than one-sided. Lust is about communion, harmony and completion.
One thing all public figures seem to have in common is a desire to build a bigger audience for whatever it is they do. For politicians, it's vital to getting into office. For bands and internet startups, it can mean turning a hobby into a career. For newspapers, it can be a matter of hanging on for another year in a shaky media landscape.
Unicycle Loves You perform "Wow Wave Cinema" from Failure (Mecca Lecca)
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Unicycle Loves You has been Jim Carroll musical outlet for nearly six years. With their third album, Failure, the noise pop trio has honed in on a catchy sound steeped in 1990s acts like Guided By Voices and Sonic Youth. They're about to head out for a month and a half tour including a week at SXSW, but first they played some songs and chatted with Steve Edwards on Afternoon Shift.
It would be entertaining to think that Steve Edwards hosts, produces, directs, and board ops the Afternoon Shift independently, in a Michael Keaton Multiplicity-esque fashion, but that would be far from the truth.
Afternoon Shift relies on the contributions of a hard-working team whom you occasionally hear sharing the mike with Steve. Check out the slideshow below to reveal some of the faces behind the scenes.
Thanks to photographer Bill Healy for capturing the team's candid intensity.
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Suicide is the third-leading cause of death in adolescents. Gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual youth and especially vulnerable. And while the nation has seen new tactics seeking to raise tolerance and build hope for gay youth, there has also been consistent news of young people taking their own lives after years of bullying and mistreatment.
Jury selection begins today in the trial of Dahrun Ravi. Ravi is the former Rutgers University roommate of Tyler Clementi, who died by suicide after he learned Ravi and another student had filmed him with another man.
Here's what you'll be listening to during Eight Forty-Eight with Tony Sarabia on Tuesday, February 20.
Gay Youth and Suicide: A new report from Northwestern University looks at factors that contribute to suicide among LGBT youth and measures to prevent it. Brian Mustanski, a co-author of the study, shares the findings, and a couple of LGBT youth reflect on their personal experiences. To join the conversation, call 312.923.9239.