How then to recommend? But it is not all. We have the novel. Its protagonists have not been reduced simply to their records, but come to us in a living and pungent voice. Survival: on Nanni Balestrini. The starting point is a George Eliot quote from Middlemarch , a sentiment is expressed of a jadedness with art that lies outside life and doesn't improve the world and favouring instead a view in which everyone's life should be made beautiful. This directly relates to the question what art is for.
It reminds us not to obviate the question of what art is for. And what is art for? This is answered by Murphy: To keep us all in good order. Murphy describes an instance of protest, by Brian Haw, in , against the war in Iraq. This protest was dismantled later. An artist called Wallinger reconstructed this protest which was then not dismantled by the police more Indeed, they are long: comma-spliced and unrelenting.
They run on, at times, for pages, requiring diligence of even the patient reader. Post-war Europe has produced a cabal of writers responsible for similar feats of syntax: Thomas Bernhard, W. Sebald, Bohumil Hrabal, and Witold Gombrowicz, to name a few. Amid such company, Krasznahorkai feels a bit like the uncle whose throat-clearing at holiday dinners causes those at the table to shift uneasily in their seats. He is obsessed as much with the extremes of language as he is with the extremes of thought, with the very limits of people and systems in a world gone mad — and it is hard not to be compelled by the haunting clarity of his vision more Adam Z.
Read it in two sittings. Very good indeed: compelling journalism, good basic economic analysis.
Essentially, a book-length expansion of his blog post Twenty reasons why it's kicking off everywhere which went viral a year ago. Strong recommendation Only through the occasional window — an episode in which the friend explores Bordeaux, an anecdote about him climbing the wall of a graveyard — does the narrative warm to its genre. Otherwise the novel relies on the gravity of suicide to draw the reader through weightless disclosure.
This is less a failing than the very challenge set by Suicide: what, after all, gives meaning to a life? I have always tended to work obsessively on one topic at a time to the exclusion of everything else. For the past 6 months, that topic has been ancient tragedy: its nature, its savage and troubling beauty, its conflict with and superiority to philosophy, and its massive and unacknowledged relevance to the contemporary psychical and political situation. This is why my cultural ingestion has been a little Cyclopean of late, with one or two exceptions, like belatedly watching all five seasons of The Wire for hours at a time over the holidays.
Of course, I turned that into a Greek tragedy too Simon Critchley's current reading over on The Believer Speaking of autonomism, and as an example of what post-populist media can achieve Via k-punk. Nabokov, in a digression in his book on Gogol, shows The dreadful thing about poshlust is that one finds it so difficult to explain to people why a particular book which seems chock-full of noble emotion and compassion.
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But literary responsiveness has ethical and political stakes of its own. Here, it is not a matter of producing particular values or norms, not a matter of producing a morality, but literature can enlarge the scope of what we call ethics and politics. These revolts all ask a question about what is allowed to count as politics, about the political as such. And that, for me, is where politics — real politics — begins: in the opening of a space in which we can be political.
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This is quite different from our ordinary understanding of liberal democracy. Politics is renewed in the streets, the squares, in the open air. I think there is something similar here to the responsiveness we find in the work of Lispector and Cixous. Maurice Blanchot from Ici et Ailleurs on Vimeo.
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Dukla is a small town close to the Carpathian Mountains. Dukla is a discontinuous set of descriptions of Dukla. Because the book bears the name of the place, the two seem to stand in some sort of relation. In the autumn of , I was a year-old student in Cambridge, at home in the English language but new to England and the English. Thankfully the object of my affections was, like Barkis, willing.
She was, to squeeze out the last of my metaphor, The Novel. When he does mention what he has written, he is excessively dismissive. So, rather than offer a review of the letters, I want to focus on this apparent oddity Called the most rapidly ascendant philosopher since Jacques Derrida, Quentin Meillassoux, the star pupil of Alain Badiou, has achieved something akin to cultish sainthood since the publication of his of his first book, After Finitude.
And rightly so, given that his ideas inform the basis of speculative realism, one of the most hotly debated theoretical strains of the 21st century. Yet, Meillassoux's theses—including his critique of 'correlationism', or the post-Kantian notion that being and thought are perpetually and inescapably intertwined—can be difficult to unpack. Helping us do that is Paul Ennis, editor of the journal Speculations and a recently graduated doctor of philosophy, whose explications of Meillassoux have been sanctioned by no less than the thinker himself.
Q : In Post-Continental Voices , you interview a number of post-Continental theorists about their intellectual and professional development, and their feelings about emergent philosophical strains. So, let me turn your own question back on you: What have been some of the formative influences on your academic maturation, and how did you become involved with speculative realism?
PE : When I started my Ph. D in , I was treading a quite familiar path as far as my department was concerned University College, Dublin. For roughly two years, I was carrying out this project dutifully and was heavily influenced by the phenomenologists around me. For the most part, I was exposed to the Heideggerian version of phenomenology as ontology, as well as related offshoots of this tradition that stretch into Derrida and the weak theology of Caputo and others.
Hermeneutics was also in the background, and I suspect my writing will always have something of this nexus in it. These are the kinds of thinkers I aspire to be like. Ed Casey revealed to me that phenomenology could still be carried out as method, rather than historical exegesis.
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Elden and Braver are master readers of other thinkers, and they are absolutely meticulous when doing so. I'm trying to get back to that way of writing after undergoing a bout of excitement that came with being released from a mental quagmire; more on this release in a moment. In a more historical sense, I was fond of reading Dilthey and dipped into the Heideggerian version of Schelling.
Hegel, due to the great respect he had amongst my peers, became quite important toward the tail end of my thesis. My thesis has its speculative crescendo, but the first two chapters lean heavily on Kant and Hegel. I'm not a Kantian or a Hegelian, but I know that the two form the broad hermeneutical horizon for what I do more The above via Fractured Politics. Paul Ennis received his doctorate from University College, Dublin in He is the author of Post-Continental Voices and Continental Realism , as well as the editor of Speculations, a journal of speculative realism.
Follow his blog at Another Heidegger Blog and on Twitter at twitter. Paul Celan is a limitless poet; a poet who requires our full attention, and our quiet patience. His dense, recondite work has challenged readers since the s.
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His poetry keeps giving because, in truth, at first, it gives so little For obvious reasons he sees through a glass darkly, but his shadow-drenched lens seems to disconcert and distort so much at first that we can't get a foothold on exactly what his poetry means. But then we realise something. Celan's words are limpid, but appear so only if we adjust our expectations, allow his words to adjust our expectations: only if we are prepared to listen. But how can one be exact about what is truly unspeakable?
One can only write knowing that one approaches and approximates, and that language fails you the while; you run after exactness, but the world gets away and your words fail. Beckett taught us about this failure because he knew failure and writing were synonymous. I have a post over on the Carcanet blog, Celan and the Demand of Reading, written as a response to Correspondence: Paul Celan and Nelly Sachs which I've recently been reading, and thoroughly recommend.
It is a rather slight piece, for sure, but not too shoddy, I hope. I like it all. I can see plausibility in all of it. I love all of them.
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I like hearing how the world looks when viewed through the lens of Badiou and how the world looks when viewed through the lens of Wittgenstein and how the world looks when viewed through the lens of Deleuze and Guattari. They all certainly have their blind spots this is the fundamental teaching of Maturana and Varela, Luhmann, and Lacan , but there is no view from nowhere the fundamental teaching of OOO.
That, I think, is generosity. Larval Subjects has a lovely long rant on generosity.
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