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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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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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Thinking in Dark Times—Six Questions for Roger Berkowitz

By Scott Horton from Harper’s Fordham University Press has just put out Thinking in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt on Ethics and Politics, a collection of papers from a conference convened at Bard College to mark Arendt’s hundredth birthday. I put six questions to Roger Berkowitz, a professor at Bard and academic director of the Hannah Arendt Center [...]
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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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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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Slavoj Žižek – Democracy Now! October 15. 2009

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Jeu d'échecs avec Marcel Duchamp (1963)

This film records an in-depth interview with Duchamp which took place five years before his death, at the time of his first ever one-man show (at the Pasadena Art Museum). It records for posterity Duchamp talking about his life, his ideas on art, why he chose to continue living in America after fleeing France in [...]
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