As I said elsewhere, I am elbow deep. So far, as a direct result, I have independently researched the gruesome drawing and quartering of Robert-François Damiens and the ‘nervous illness’ of Daniel Paul Schreber; I've looked up the blueprints to Jeremy Bentham’s all-seeing Panopticon prison; and I've listened to an hour of a man re-recording his voice on multi-generations of magnetic tape until he is overcome by the positive feedback of the acoustics in the room. I've moved on to the Math, Chemistry and Music section and enjoying plunging back down that academic rabbit hole. I was up after 4am with it the other night, but I have no regrets. I'm not from the philosophy school, so admittedly it is taking me three times as long as your average theorist to analyse the Foucauldian scholarship there, but I AM GETTING IT. At least I had a head start with Paul Celan's Atemwende.
However, I am a self-confessed math moron and a grasp of Lacan psychoanalysis does not come naturally to me. I looked up 'the Real' as it refers to the authentic truth of being and Google helpfully suggested 'the real slim shady.'
As I was struggling, I came across this one minute video which applied Lacanian theory to David Lynch's Mullholland Drive in a way even I could understand! So, if anyone else here is as stupid as I am, then check this out (but beware the thing behind Winky's Diner as exemplifying the Real- that scene still scares the shit out of me: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwlirZQLAAg
Looking forward to hearing everybody else's thoughts on this. I'm sure you'll all have much more insight than me!