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“Free to Be…Consumers”

October 4, 2011 by


“Today, the utmost radical horizon of our imagination is global capitalism with a human face.” – Slavoj Žižek*     Now that the kids of America are officially back to school, it brings to mind the above commercial, which aired during last year’s back-to-school retail circus. The commercial, which is for Target, depicts three sisters, […]

Love Letter: The Mall

October 3, 2011 by


So, uh, I come to bury The Mall, not to praise him. At the end of the day, malls suck. They’re soulless, homogenized temples to the sweatshop and the corporation, and the merchandise their stores sell is low-quality and overpriced. But you know all that already, and probably don’t want to hear more about it. […]

Going Out on the Town (or Country, or Suburb)

September 6, 2011 by


Those who follow me on any social network know that I’ve been job hunting for several months. This week I’m up for a host position at a semi-upscale restaurant in a swanky Manhattan neighborhood. Today I trailed the regular host as a sort of audition for the job. Our first and largest challenge of the […]

India Day Parade

August 23, 2011 by


What follows is a departure from the usual format of our posts on The Love Machine. It’s not a critical analysis, but more of a creative-nonfiction-in-progress. A bit of background: I’m working on becoming a post-colonial scholar, so I decided to go to the New York metro area’s India Day Parade this Sunday to get […]

Simulated Materials in Two Disposable BIC Shavers

May 22, 2011 by


Despite the fact that I have a beard and Caitmechanic doesn’t shave her legs, we both use disposable Bic shavers for trimming, etc. Here is a photo of the shavers we use: In the photo above, the pink shaver above is a model STWP101 “Twin Select Silky Touch” disposable shaver, marketed to women. The green […]

Blog Note

April 24, 2011 by


Readers, The mechanics will be graduating from university in two weeks, so activity will be light as they finish exams and move out. Love, The mechanics

The Love Machine Instruction Manual

February 23, 2011 by


The machine is not a tool or method of analysis but the subject of our study. As mechanics, we are not interested in the products of the machine as much as the workings of the machine itself. The machine is comprised of texts and the ideas and assumptions that surround them. The machine is self-replicating: […]