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Daily Archives: November 9, 2009

The Critic's Critic

by Harold Bloom from The New York Times It has been three centuries since Dr. Johnson was born, on Sept. 7, 1709. He died on Dec. 13, 1784, still struggling for the mixed blessing of more life. His Falstaffian vitalism is always my first thought when I reread, teach again or continue brooding upon the canonical critic [...]
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Paul de Man essay collection

Essays: “Literary History and Literary Modernity” (1970) “Literature and Language: A Commentary” (1972) “Semiology and Rhetoric” (1973) “The Epistemology of Metaphor” (1978) “Autobiography as De-Facement” (1979) “Sign and Symbol in Hegel’s Aesthetics” (1982) “The Resistance to Theory” (1982) “‘Conclusions’ on Walter Benjamin’s ‘The Task of the Translator’” (1983) “Dialogue and Dialogism” (1983) “Time and History in Wordsworth” (1987) Interview: Stephano Rosso and Paul de Man: “An [...]
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H. U. Obrist and Shlomo Sand on BBC Radio 4

Andrew Marr talks to writer Tony Marchant about crime, law and Georgian London, Hans Ulrich Obrist about the art of the curator, Shlomo Sand about his controversial unravelling of Jewish history, and Sue Brown about Keats’s deathbed companion, Joseph Severn. [vodpod id=Groupvideo.3878393&w=425&h=350&fv=embedReferer%3D%26embedPageUrl%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.bbc.co.uk%252Fiplayer%252Fconsole%252Fb00npjnj%26holdingImage%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fnode2.bbcimg.co.uk%252Fiplayer%252Fimages%252Fepisode%252Fb00npjnj_261_147.jpg%26domId%3Dsemp-wrapper%26config%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.bbc.co.uk%252Femp%252Fiplayer%252Fconfig.xml%26guidance%3Dunknown%26config_settings_displayMode%3DradioConsole%26config_settings_showPopoutButton%3Dfalse%26config_settings_%3Dtrue%26playlist%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.bbc.co.uk%252Fiplayer%252Fplaylist%252Fb00npjnj%26config_settings_showPopoutCta%3Dtrue%26config_settings_showFullScreenButton%3Dfalse%26config_settings_language%3Den]  
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Bataille, Breton and Lenin

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Added to Bedeutung Library / Academic – available to download for free

Click on the author’s name to be redirected to the Bedeutung Library / Academic site where the titles are available Theodor Adorno Minima Moralia Hanna Arendt The Origins of Totalitarianism Etienne Balibar Politics and the Other Scence Jean Baudrillard Forget Foucault Sigmund Freud The Complete Works of Freud Simon Critchley Infinitely Demanding: Ethics of Commitment, Politics of Resistance The Book of Dead Philosophers Ernesto Laclau Emancipation(s) Chantal Mouffe The Democratic Paradox Gramsci and [...]
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Mark Twain on the French Revolution

There were two ‘Reigns of Terror’, if we could but remember and consider it; the one wrought murder in hot passions, the other in heartless cold blood; the one lasted mere months, the other had lasted a thousand years; the one inflicted death upon a thousand persons, the other upon a hundred million; but our [...]
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Dairy Queen and Barbed Wire: The New Reality of US Occupation

by Charles Simic from The New York Review of Books Blog Back in September, I read an article in The New York Times about an American base in Iraq that I haven’t been able to get out of my mind. It describes a U.S. military installation in the Sunni Triangle north of Baghdad that houses 28,000 American [...]
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20 Years of Collapse

by Slavoj Žižek from The New York Times Today is the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. During this time of reflection, it is common to emphasize the miraculous nature of the events that began that day: a dream seemed to come true, the Communist regimes collapsed like a house of cards, and the [...]
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Atheist Damien Hirst to display oil paintings in St Paul's

Damien Hirst has already portrayed cows being crucified. Now he is to take a more conventional approach to religious art, emulating the old masters by painting two 20ft-high religious works for display in St Paul’s Cathedral. The pictures are intended to be placed on two columns directly below the main dome. They will be on display [...]
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Deplorable neo-primitivism

Read here about Mark Boyle’s ‘anti-consumerist’ extravaganza. from The Guardian
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Slavoj Žižek – First as Tragedy, Then As Farce

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