sarah.pessin@du.edu

26 @ 2.18.20

On tap today: Reflections on Absolute Creation, (the good kind of) Debt, and (the good kind of) Love: Thought 26 of “Bloodbuzz Ohio” (The National) & Genesis 1.26 on the grounds of human reality

While economies of debt aren’t good, there is another kind of debt that is good: A deep inter-human indebtedness that is a [sacred] life-ground. Whether it’s Levinas’ grounding of human subjectivity in a primordial need for pardon, or Graeber’s Marxist-inspired “baseline communism” in which we all hold basic human inter-indebtedness that we would be foolhardy to wish away, the bottom line is that if we owe nothing to no one then we are neither neighbors nor partners. If we owe nothing to no one, we are not yet humans.

This is the story of civics. It is also and in another way the story of [good] love.

Love–the good kind at any rate–is a respite inasmuch as it allows one to feel pardoned in one’s very body-soul even though pardon is impossible. It is a feeling of true gift outside of any economy. Homeless as we all are in the most primordial sense, it is the miracle of feeling like we have a home”

Genesis 1:26

Bloodbuzz Ohio (The National)

Stand up straight at the foot of your love
I lift my shirt up
Stand up straight at the foot of your love
I lift my shirt up

I was carried to Ohio in a swarm of bees
I’ll never marry but Ohio don’t remember me

Lay my head on the hood of your car
I’ll take it too far
Lay my head on the hood of your car
I’ll take it too far

I still owe money to the money to the money I owe
I never thought about love when I thought about home
I still owe money to the money to the money I owe
The floors are falling out from everybody I know

I’m on a bloodbuzz
Yes I am
I’m on a blood, buzz
I’m on a bloodbuzz
God I am
I’m on a blood, buzz

I was carried to Ohio in a swarm of bees
I never married but Ohio don’t remember me

I still owe money to the money to the money I owe
I never thought about love when I thought about home


I still owe money to the money to the money I owe


The floors are falling out from everybody I know

I’m on a bloodbuzz
Yes I am
I’m on a blood, buzz
I’m on a bloodbuzz
God I am
I’m on a blood, buzz

Back to “26”

Back Home