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The Beatles and “Queenie Eye” through the Lens of Mimetic Theory

(This article written by special guest contributor Curtis Gruenler, Professor of English at Hope College) On March 21, 1964, “She Loves You” hit the top of the U. S. chart. It was The Beatles’ second American hit, but their first triangular song—the first to begin to explore love as a relation not just between two people, but involving a third who acts as a model of desire and can become also a rival and an ...

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Valentine’s Day: The Myth of Love and Desire

The most recent short lived celebrity marriage lasted only two weeks: Rachel Snider is filing for divorce from Terrell Owens, claiming he only married her for her money. Yet, in announcing her plans to divorce Terrell, Rachel says this of their relationship: "I really valued his love and friendship for 5 years. Out of the love in my heart, I tried to help him. We had a secret relationship for 5 years and I ...

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David Brooks and Religious Hostility: Tasting Goodness

In his column for the New York Times called Alone, Yet Not Alone, David Brooks laments the “strong vein of hostility against orthodox religious believers in America today, especially among the young.” Even more disturbing for Brooks is that in his experience, the opinion of young people is too often justified. He observes that religious believers can be “judgmental,” “hypocritical,” “old-fashioned” and “out ...

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Watching Super Bowl Ads with the Little Prince: From Delusion to Freedom

There’s an absurd character in The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry who reveals more about our capacity for self-delusion than we might want to admit. He’s called the King and when it comes to desire, he is as deluded about his own power as we are about ours. The King’s delusion is this: he believes that the movements of the sun, moon and stars are the result of his commands. That’s right – the sun ...

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New York Times Video and Mimetic Theory Part 2: Busty Women and True Beauty

Big boobs. No, I haven’t reverted to my sophomore year in high school. The New York Times brought up the topic, so I feel like now I have to talk about them. According to the New York Times, big boobs are all the rage in Venezuela. Of course, we can’t just accuse Venezuela for cleavage run amok. Women throughout the world are paying big bucks to augment their breasts. The question is why? In my first post i ...

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Why Mimetic Theory Explains Everything about Desire – Even Why I Want the ShamWow!

Late at night, when I can’t sleep, I watch infomercials. Vince with ShamWow has always been my favorite. He’s so excited about the ShamWow and he makes such a convincing argument. (See the video below.) “It just does the work. Why do you want to work twice as hard?” “It’s made in Germany. You know the Germans always make good stuff.” Then he does the cola trick … I love the cola trick. But I really want the ...

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How Abercrombie and Fitch Became Uncool

I hate Abercrombie and Fitch. It all started a few years ago. A member of my youth group worked at one of their stores in a suburb of Chicago. I was minorly troubled that she was employed at the store. But what really flamed my loathing for Abercrombie was when they asked her to model their clothes for their catalogue. She told me about their offer and I responded in the only way an over-protective youth pa ...

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Desire Blogalogue Part 1: The Power of the Kiss Cam

Hey, Adam – Have you ever wondered what possesses people to do embarrassing things on camera? I heard a story on the radio this weekend about a guy doing something he swore he’d never do, all because of a Kiss Cam. I think this guy’s apparent self-betrayal is crying for mimetic analysis and I’d love to discuss it with you. Here’s the story that appeared on NPR’s This American Life with Ira Glass: Bill Langw ...

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3 Reasons Why I Love Billy Joel

Something positively mimetic happened at a Billy Joel concert at Vanderbilt University last January. After Billy Joel played a concert for the students, he did a little Q & A session. During the session, freshman Michael Pollack raised his hand. When his fellow students pointed at him, Billy Joel followed their finger pointing (in good mimetic fashion!) and called on Michael. Michael nervously said, My ...

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Suzanne Ross Shares The Wicked Truth About Love

Thursday, February 7, 2013 Raven Founder Suzanne Ross shifted from the role of radio producer to guest on Voices of Peace Talk Radio. She joined hosts Adam Ericksen and Bob Koehler, and special guest Don Ross, to discuss her book, The Wicked Truth About Love: The Tangles of Desire. Using research from experts in psychology, anthropology, sociology, theology, brain physiology and philosophy, Suzanne untangle ...

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