Fierce Language

A Column
by Jason DeBoer

Jason DeBoer

Jason DeBoer currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, where he is attempting to finance a new literary and philosophical publishing house called Trembling Sun Press. His short fiction is starting to appear around the world, most recently in the Barcelona Review; and at the moment he is working on Stupor, his debut novel.


Fierce Language

First, I would like to thank Charles Allen Wyman for the chance to write a column for The Absinthe Literary Review, and, most importantly, I thank him for allowing me the freedom to use the space as I see fit.

In lieu of a column this issue, I would like to give the reader an idea of some of the future topics that will be dealt with in the column. My plan for Fierce Language is to begin a series of essays along similarly transgressive themes; the essays will be scholarly, in the sense that I will try to maintain a certain level of rigor and critical awareness, but they will not be academic. Fierce Language’s intellectual probings will shy away from a safe or moralistic approach to knowledge; my aim is not to amend or edify an existing body of thought, but rather to utilize certain ideas to erode or destroy the untenable foundations of certain unified knowledges. To obtain such ammunition for destruction, one must refer to works that themselves best explore transgression and controversy: the histories and literatures of nihilism, atheism, and eroticism. The theoretical forebears whom I will echo are Friedrich Nietzsche, Georges Bataille, D.A.F. Sade, Maurice Blanchot, the Greek skeptics, Pierre Klossowski, Jacques Derrida, Richard Rorty, Jean Baudrillard, and Michel Foucault. In literature, only the most ferocious in subject and style will provide an example: Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Jean Genet, Antonin Artaud, Dylan Thomas, Blaise Cendrars, Gottfried Benn, Arthur Rimbaud, Comte de Lautréamont, the Dadaists, as well as the ancient satirists and the entire pantheon of erotic writers. In the pages of these authors one will find not just great art, but also ideas that fear nothing, ideas that brutally rend hypocrisy and dogmatism apart.

By exploring the histories of uncompromising theorists and artists, Fierce Language will try to be a forum that places literature and philosophy under scrutiny, in order to strive for a new form of reason that is daring, ruthless, and beautiful in its candor. I welcome the reader to join me in future columns to engage the fierceness that is language.