THE TYPOGRAPHY IS "GIMMICKY." Over and over again, for the entire length of the text, the reader is confronted with whole sentences printed in different fonts, in larger point sizes, in boldface or italics (or boldface and italics) and/or in full capitals. Occasionally, single words or phrases are printed, shall we say, differently from the norm.
BUT THERE'S QUITE A BIT MORE to "get" in Bad As I Wanna Be -- to be precise, there's more being communicated by the "gimmicky" typography -- than one might expect from a poorly-organized, all-too-short and irritatingly sketchy book that was clearly designed to
AN "ANIMAL" ON THE BASKETBALL COURT, Dennis Rodman is nevertheless the most human basketball star ever to play the game.
AS HAS BEEN NOTED ELSEWHERE, it is Rodman's ceaselessly inventive performance of his "de-domestication" that makes him so, er, ah -- sorry to use a word that even seems silly when it is uttered by "revolutionaries" -- revolutionary. His much-vaunted "negativity" has created untold numbers of new radical possibilities and expectations for all kinds of people. Thanks to Rodman, some of America's most fixed and therefore oppressive images -- of what it means to be a star professional athlete, a physically powerful male human, and a black male athlete -- have been loosened and set adrift. If only critical theorists and professional "revolutionaries" could be as wild and distracting as Dennis Rodman is!
TAKE FOR EXAMPLE THE COLLECTION of essays written in the 1970s by the French communist Jacques Camatte and published in translation by Autonomedia in 1995 under the title This World We Must Leave and Other Essays. "Until now," Camatte announces in the title essay, "all sides have argued as if human beings [have] remained unchanged in different class societies and under the domination of capital." Supposedly striking out into completely new and unknown territory, brave Camatte claims that the widely observed "autonomization" and becoming-human of capital have been accompanied -- indeed, made possible -- by the capitalization or "domestication" of people living in advanced capitalist societies. This double movement of autonomization and domestication, Camatte writes, is ultimately responsible for "the return to ‘barbarism,' as analyzed by R. Luxemburg and the entire left wing of the Frankfurt School; the destruction of the human species, as is evident to each and all today;
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