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Daily Archives: November 19, 2009

Chongqing: Socialism in One City

by Robert Dreyfuss from The Nation I’m writing today from Chongqing, a vast city in central China that is China’s gateway to its western regions. By some accounts, Chongqing is the largest city in the world, a muncipality of 32 million people, but that, I’ve learned, is misleading, since that number includes the population of a handful [...]
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by Seamus Heaney from Times Online i To win the hand of the princess what tasks the youngest son had to perform. For me, the first to come a-courting in the fish factor’s house, it was to eat with them an eel supper. ii Cut of diesel oil in evening air, tractor engines in the clinker-built deep-bellied boats, landlubbers’ craft, heavy in water as a cow down in a drain, the men [...]
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Presence of Mind

by Michael Wood from London Review of Books Roland Barthes died almost 30 years ago, on 26 March 1980, but his works continue to engage new and old readers with remarkable consistency. Books about him keep appearing: literary and philosophical essays by Jean-Claude Milner (2003), Jean-Pierre Richard (2006) and Eric Marty (2006), a gossipy biography of his [...]
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From sanctuary to snake pit: the rise and fall of asylums

from New Scientist Most people associate the word “asylum” with squalor and brutality – an impression strengthened by portrayals in books and films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – but they were originally designed to be places of sanctuary. Christopher Payne visited and photographed 70 such institutions across the US for his book Asylum: [...]
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Art In and Out of the Age of Terror

by Dieter Roelstraete from Afterall ‘I will not accept that there should be first-class and second-class cemeteries. All enmity should cease after death.’ Manfred Rommel, mayor of Stuttgart during the Deutsche Herbst1 Facing terror If mass-scale terrorism truly is the defining political obsession of our times – whether its perceived danger or urgency is a self-perpetuating illusion or not is [...]
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Jean-Luc Godard interviews Woody Allen

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Unexpected tenderness

Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or-winner ‘The White Ribbon’ is a tale of cruelty set in a north German village in 1913. Despite its monochrome austerity, Catherine Wheatley sees hints of a new softness in the director’s work “Have you any pride? You want to see how far you can go? My God, why don’t you just give [...]
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The Books Interview: Chantal Mouffe

You argue that politicians should seek to create a “vibrant ‘agonistic’ public sphere”. What do you mean by that? What I have in mind is not simply a space for the expression of any kind of disagreement, but a confrontation between conflicting notions about how to organise society. This does not exist in Britain at the [...]
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