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Monthly Archives: November 2009

A right conclusion for the wrong reasons: 'Say no to asbos for downloaders'

by Charlotte Gore from The Guardian At 33 years old I’m more Generation X than Generation X-Box. I’m too old to be one of the new wave of “digital natives” who’ve never known life without the internet, but I’m just about young enough (and geeky enough) to consider myself an enthusiastic immigrant. I moved in about 13 [...]
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Ulysses // by Joseph Strick

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Conversations with Žižek

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Wallace Berman // Aleph (1958-1976)

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Violent Dissent in Greece

by Alexandros Stavrakas from The Guardian In a few weeks, Greece will commemorate the “December events”, which began last year when a police officer killed a young boy in Exarhia, an area that’s been described as a semi-ghetto of leftist dissidents and anarchists in the centre of Athens. Following this event, weeks of protests ensued and from [...]
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Ben-Hur: The Book That Shook the World

by Amy Lifson from Humanities “Hate keeps a man alive.” Those famous words do not actually appear in the original 1880 novel Ben-Hur by General Lew Wallace. Karl Tunberg, or more likely Christopher Fry or Gore Vidal (there was a dispute over the screenplay credit), gave that line to Roman patrician Quintus Arrius as he confronted the magnificent, [...]
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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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Michel Foucault: The Birth of Biopolitics. Lectures at the Collège de France, 1978-1979

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Radicals return to the UN

by Nick Dearden from Red Pepper After 30 years of marginalisation, commentators from across the world are hailing the United Nations conference on the economic crisis as a new opportunity for progressive change. While the June summit’s outcomes were not as radical as many would have liked, the battles that took place between rich and poor countries [...]
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The Fifty-Year War

by Jonathan Schell from The Nation I was about to write that there can be no military solution to the war in Afghanistan, only a political one. But I almost fainted with boredom and had to stop. Who, as President Obama lengthily ponders his decisions regarding the war, wants to repeat a point that’s been made 11,000 [...]
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Axler's Theater

by Elaine Blair from the New York Review of Books One of the rare funny moments in Philip Roth’s recent novel Everyman (2006) takes place when the unnamed hero visits his parents’ graves in Newark. His health has been poor, his colleagues and friends have been dying, and though he has no reason to think that his [...]
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The Cadaver Method

from Colin Dickey from Lapham’s Quarterly One of the earliest experiments of universal healthcare for the poor could be found in eighteenth-century Vienna. Founded in 1784 by Joseph II, the massive General Hospital provided free health care to thousands of the sick poor well into the nineteenth century. A sprawling complex that at its height admitted tens [...]
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Loans to the Poorest: Where Does the Money Really Go?

by Sue Halpern and Nicholas Kristof from The New York Review of Books Sue Halpern: As you know, the controversy over the way the microfinance website presents its work was the subject of a Times piece early this week—a piece that, in fact, cited you. For those who may not be familiar with the controversy, the [...]
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