Avis! The 2016 PEL wall calendar is for sale here.
This is no mere concept, rather it is a physical object like your body on which you can inscribe words, images and – if you are creative – power relations. I myself used our galley proof as a canvas for a History of My Sexuality. It was just the right size…
This year we opted to go with 12″ by 12″ pages (up from 8 1/2″ x 11″ last year) and use spiral binding instead of staples. This means that this edition will lay flat and smooth when hanging on the wall or – if you choose to place it so – flat and smooth on your desk! The spiral binding will also allow for easy flipping should you decide to use it as a flip book. What you will see when doing so is unknown to all and revealed only to you. A mystery of your interiority.
In 2016 you will be reminded of all of your favorite philosopher’s birthdays (like Foucault’s), you’ll be guided to which episodes to listen to on what day and you’ll thrill to real and made-up philosophy-related holidays, the normal ones and of course plenty of space to write all the action you’ve got going on. You will be proud to align your next dentist appointment with Noumena Day or note that the heating repair guy is coming a mere day before Induction Appreciation Day!
You ask why we do a wall calendar instead of some slick app available on iOS and Android. It’s simple: mobile phone screens dim when you are not looking at them to save battery life. This calendar NEVER DIMS! The stern image of Foucault, the fatherly visage of Aristotle or the bemused face of Whitehead stare down at you from the wall without cease – eternally vigilant and all seeing like in the Panopticon!
So get your calendar and proclaim your status as a super nerdy philosophy-loving freak. How can that fail to impress the ones over whom you seek to exercise power? Take it to work and show your fellow proletarians how truth is created through the constraint of cube walls. Put it up in your home and remind your loved ones that manifold sexualities all form the correlate of exact procedures of power. Share as a gift with others and let them know that the certainty of their being punished is what must discourage their crime.
Go buy the calendar lest we be saddled with a bunch of debt for mass producing them. Yay, Sterling’s art! Yay, PEL fans who like to own things! Yay, months and days and 2016!