This is the funniest, most insightful article about Zizek so far. Highly recommended. It will introduce you to the basics of what you need to know about this Slovenian philosopher and his brilliant and impenetrable work, but you’ll get so much more than you bargained for. He is a self-confessed misanthrope but funnily each time he professes his distaste of humanity he’s only gaining more cult following… bizarre, twisted and hilarious. Enjoy!
“For me, the idea of hell is the American type of parties. Or, when they ask me to give a talk, and they say something like, ‘After the talk there will just be a small reception’ – I know this is hell. This means all the frustrated idiots, who are not able to ask you a question at the end of the talk, come to you and, usually, they start: ‘Professor Žižek, I know you must be tired, but …’ Well, fuck you. If you know that I am tired, why are you asking me? I’m really more and more becoming Stalinist. Liberals always say about totalitarians that they like humanity, as such, but they have no empathy for concrete people, no? OK, that fits me perfectly. Humanity? Yes, it’s OK – some great talks, some great arts. Concrete people? No, 99% are boring idiots.”