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Cornelius Castoriadis interviewed

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‘First they called me a joker, now I am a dangerous thinker’ // Slavoj Zizek talks to The Times of India

Slavoj Zizek is an unusual philosopher with unfashionably inflexible left-wing views. He also loves Hollywood classics. The 59-year-old academic has written more than 30 books on subjects as diverse as Alfred Hitchcock, Lenin and 9/11. A self-proclaimed Leninist, the Slovenian thinker believes that “communism will triumph finally”. On his first visit to India this week, [...]
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Untitled Video on Lynne Stewart and Her Conviction, The Law, and Poetry (2006) // by Paul Chan

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Postscript: Paul Samuelson

by John Cassidy from The New Yorker In the fall of 1996, I arranged to interview Paul Samuelson in his office at M.I.T. for an article I was writing on the state of economics, which is available online to subscribers. At the allotted time, 12:00 if I remember rightly, there was no sign of Samuelson, who was [...]
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The Millions Interview: Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky

by Anna Clark from The Millions The Russian language is the real hero of Tolstoy’s masterpiece; it is his voice of truth. The English-speaking world is indebted to these two magnificent translators, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, for revealing more of its hidden riches than any who have tried to translate the book before. — Orlando Figes After [...]
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Interview: Martin Amis

by James Knight from Vice Magazine Martin Amis is one of the great writers of contemporary fiction. Even if he’d given up putting pen to paper after his third novel, Money, this would be an irrefutable fact. Period. Sorry. He writes grippingly of ugly characters consuming for the sake of consumption, blind to their own greed. His [...]
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Bedeutung interviews Noam Chomsky

by Alexandros Stavrakas from Bedeutung Magazine In the context of Bedeutung’s fourth and forthcoming issue, titled Intellectuals & Masses, editor Alex Stavrakas interviewed Noam Chomsky. The well-known linguist and vocal critic of capitalism speaks about American politics and Obama, the financial crisis, religious faith, the US’s role as a hegemonic power and, even, the move from [...]
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Žižek – BBC HARDTALK interview

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The Guantánamo Lawyers—Six Questions for Mark Denbeaux and Jonathan Hafetz

by Scott Horton from Harper’s Seton Hall Law Professor Mark Denbeaux and Jonathan Hafetz of the ACLU are two of the leading members of the “Guantánamo Bar Association”—the group of private and military lawyers who have managed the defense of the dwindling number of prisoners at Gitmo. They have brought out The Guantánamo Lawyers, a collection of [...]
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Conversations with Žižek

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Jean-Luc Godard interviews Woody Allen

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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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Interview: Shlomo Sand

by Simon Round from The Jewish Chronicle Diaspora Jews are descended from converts and have no historical connection with Israel. That’s just one of the claims made by a Tel Aviv University professor who’s shaken the Jewish world. For a man at the centre of a controversy, Professor Shlomo Sand looks remarkably calm. The German-born Israeli historian has [...]
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"I like lists for the same reason other people like football or pedophilia" – an interview with Umberto Eco

by Susanne Beyer and Lothar Gorris from Spiegel Online Italian novelist and semiotician Umberto Eco, who is curating a new exhibition at the Louvre in Paris, talks to SPIEGEL about the place lists hold in the history of culture, the ways we try to avoid thinking about death and why Google is dangerous for young people. SPIEGEL: Mr. [...]
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Sound in Context (Full Film)

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A Conversation With Gore Vidal

by John Meroney from The Atlantic At age 83, Gore Vidal remains a sharp provocateur, as irascible and irreverent as ever. Snapshots in History’s Glare, a new memoir by Vidal released this month, renews interest in this American literary and cultural icon—offering readers a pictorial look at his singular life, from his youth in the political and social [...]
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“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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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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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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American Centaur: An Interview with John Updike

From THE NEW YORKER On October 21, 1978, John Updike was in Zagreb, Croatia, at the invitation of the Writers’ Association of Croatia and the American Information Center. In the afternoon, he gave a lengthy interview to Zvonimir Radeljkovi? and Omer Hadžiselimovi?, professors of English who specialized in American literature at the University of Sarajevo. In [...]
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