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Daily Archives: October 30, 2009

“I am a Leninist. Lenin wasn’t afraid to dirty his hands. If you can get power, grab it”

Interview with Slavoj Žižek: full transcript by Jonathan Derbyshire from the New Statesman NS: What relationship, if any, do you think your work has to the mainstream, normative, liberal political philosophy done in English and American universities? SZ: I noticed something — maybe I’m just generalising this; I don’t know to what extent this is a rule– I noticed [...]
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Empire Falls: The Revolutions of 1989

by Ronald Grigor Suny from The Nation The end of the story was gruesome–a spray of bullets and a splattering of blood on a wall in central Romania. On Christmas Day 1989, after a hastily arranged trial before a kangaroo court, the deposed Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu and his wife, Elena, were executed by a firing squad. [...]
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Gorbachev on 1989

by Katrina Vanden Heuvel & Stephen F. Cohen from The Nation On September 23, Nation editor Katrina vanden Heuvel and her husband, Stephen F. Cohen, a contributing editor, interviewed former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev at his foundation in Moscow. With the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaching, we believed that the leader most [...]
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Pornomiseria: Or How Not to Make a Documentary Film

by Michele Faguet from Afterall In the summer of 1971, while on vacation from film school at UCLA, Luis Ospina met with his childhood friend Carlos Mayolo, and together they decided to film the sixth Pan American Games taking place in their hometown of Cali, Colombia. The idea came after an earlier attempt to record Pope Paul [...]
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by John Lanchester from the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS The Murder of Lehman Brothers: An Insider’s Look at the Global Meltdown by Joseph Tibman Brick Tower, 243 pp, £16.95, September 2009, ISBN 978 1 883283 71 1 BUYA Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Incredible Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers by Larry McDonald, in collaboration with [...]
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Something in the Air

from Frieze magazine German philosopher Peter Sloterdijk talks to Erik Morse about the 20th- and 21st-century phenomena of chemical warfare, designer ventilation and high-density urban living ERIK MORSE?What role do you think literature plays in explicating what you call ‘sphereology’ – the study of the human need for interior space? PETER SLOTERDIJK?I’ve always felt that there is [...]
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The Ph.D. Problem

by Louis Menand from Harvard Magazine Weirdly, the less social authority a profession enjoys, the more restrictive the barriers to entry and the more rigid the process of producing new producers tend to become. You can become a lawyer in three years, an M.D. in four years, and an M.D.-Ph.D. in six years, but the median time [...]
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Black Hawk Up

by Michael Massing from Columbia Journalism Review David Ignatius’s Helicopter Journalism What a delight it must be to be a columnist for a major American newspaper. When traveling to distant, war-torn lands, you can enlist America’s top generals to show you around. That’s what David Ignatius of The Washington Post did on Sunday. He was shown around Baghdad [...]
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First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

by Slavoj Žižek The title of this book is intended as an elementary IQ test for the reader: if the first association it generates is the vulgar anti-communist cliche-”You are right-today, after the tragedy of twentieth-century totalitarianism, all the talk about a return to communism can only be farcical!”-then I sincerely advise you to stop here. [...]
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