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Hadley Freeman, parent beneficial properties author and writer of the preferred 'Ask Hadley…' column, reminds the fashionable woman to 'Be Awesome'. 'Being unmarried is frequently striking. you could go away a celebration if you happen to are looking to, no matter if that be 9pm or 9am; you don't need to reside in worry of ever listening to your self defined as "my larger half"; and you may spend all day mendacity at the couch on your pajamas staring at "Murder She Wrote" and consuming peanut butter directly out of the jar' masking themes very important for any sleek lady to contemplate (from 'How to learn women's magazines with out desirous to develop a penis' to 'Beyond the armpit: a advisor to being a contemporary day feminist'), 'Be Awesome' tackles physique snapshot, intercourse, courting and feminism head on. With an angle that's unfalteringly humorous, clever and unusually heartwarming, Hadley Freeman is a voice of sanity that each lady may still listen.

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Rather, it is: What are we to make of events that do not take place? Not: What are we to do after the orgy? But: What are we to do when the orgy no longer takes place—the orgy of history, the orgy of revolution and liberation, the orgy of modernity? Little by little, as the hands of the clock move around (though, sadly, digital clocks no longer even have hands), we tell ourselves that, taking 38 the millennium everything into account—taking everything into a “countdown”—modernity has never happened.

Today the function of the virtual is to proscribe the actual. Virtual history is here in place of real history; the information-replica stands for, stands in for, the 50 the millennium definitive absence of that real history. Hence our lack of responsibility—both individual and collective—since we are already, by virtue of information, beyond the event, which has not taken place. We might speak here of a kind of “event strike,” to use Macedonio Fernandez’s expression. What does this mean? That the work of history is over.

Everything must go! Modernity is over (without ever having happened), the orgy is over, the party is over—the sales are starting. It’s the great end-of-the-century sale. But the sales don’t come after the festive seasons any longer; nowadays the sales start first, they last the whole year long, even the festivals themselves are on sale everywhere. . The stocks have to be used up, time-capital has to be used up, life-capital has to be used up. Everywhere, we have the countdown; what we are living through in this symbolic end of the old millennium is a sort of fatal prescription, whether it be that of the planet’s resources or of AIDS, which has become the collective symptom of the prescribed term of death.

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