In the cafe culture of upmarket bookshops, in the cultural promotion apparatus...– John Frow, “On Literature in Cultural Studies”
the more that the present is taken up with reunion tours, re-enactments, and...– Grunge nostalgia: Why we should let Kurt Cobain rest in peace. - By Simon Reynolds - Slate Magazine
Just watched Jodi Dean on the Communist Horizon (via Mark). An uncommonly intelligent and insightful Q&A session follows her talk. Good job everyone. I find such discussions compelling, but never quite know how to integrate them in my own work about East Germans and communism. I think it’s fanciful to claim that all East Germans who have some fond remembrance of the GDR are politically...
…focusing on the technologies that enable interconnectedness misses the...– Bernard Keane in Crikey.
Wall of words: the Berlin Wall fifty years on |... →
literarypiano: “Like the concrete wall, the word walldivides Europe linguistically. Some European languages, like German and French, form their words for wall from the Latin murus. So the German for Berlin Wall is die Berliner Mauer. English, Irish, and other languages use another Latin word, vallum, a more military word which means a rampart. In Irish it became fál, and its possessive form...
It’s an age-old argument – one that most will never change their views about –...– Dan Hancox in an excellent piece discussing London riots with grime MCs. m.guardian.co.uk
The more collectivist the phenomenon (both in itself and for itself), the more...– potlatch: London riots: the limits of Left and Right
The absurd claim that cyclists, who very rarely cause even minor injuries, are...– Vélorutionary? | Radical Philosophy
The young people of the banlieue simply wanted to say (to adopt a slogan from...– London? Remember Paris? An apposite quote from a Zizek interview I read a few years ago in Soft Targets.
I can’t help but dream about a kind of criticism that would try not to judge but...– This is Michel Foucault, quoted by Conall Cash in an exemplary review of Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival. Goes to the heart of calling this blog what it is called.