The Year's Work at the Zombie Research Center

By Edward P. Comentale; Aaron Jaffe | Go to book overview

8
Zombie Race

EDWARD P. COMENTALE

Profit, Profit, nigga I got it
Everybody know I’m a motherfucking monster
I’m-a need to see your fucking hands at the concert
I’m-a need to see your fucking hands

Kanye West, “Monster”

It begins with a thump, or rather, a scrape and a thump. Shhh-thump. The monster appears first as sound and then rhythm, or, rather, counter-rhythm. Its presence is made known, paradoxically, by its double absence, one physical and the other temporal.

It lags, behind itself, drags itself, before itself, somewhere in back of you, in front of you, over your shoulder—always where it is not. Shhh-thump. Its second beat is scarier than the first, not just because it is louder, closer, but because it recalls the first. The monster is always in two—two spaces, two times. It approaches as it recedes. It coheres as it falls apart. Each step revives as it destroys. Each step is the death of death, the death of death, over and over again.

Shhh-thump. Shhh-thump. It returns, not like a ghost, referring back each night to the same secret crime, but like a siren, always again itself, not itself, in a process of becoming itself. The footprint, the bloodstain, the heavy breathing—as Jeffrey Cohen notes, the monster is always also

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction- the Zombie Research Center FAQ 1
  • 1 - Zombie Psychology 59
  • 2 - Zombie Demographics 89
  • 3 - Zombie Spaces 116
  • 4 - Zombie Media 150
  • 5 - Zombie Health Care 193
  • 6 - Zombie Physiology 227
  • 7 - Zombie Performance 248
  • 8 - Zombie Race 276
  • 9 - Zombie Politics 315
  • 10 - Zombie Postfeminism 341
  • 11 - Zombie Linguistics 361
  • 12 - Zombie Arts and Letters 389
  • 13 - Zombie Philosophy 416
  • 14 - Zombie Cocktails 437
  • Afterword- Zombie Archive 465
  • Works Cited 475
  • Contributors 507
  • Index 511
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