If Vincenz and Bradley have proved nothing else by their beautiful book, it is the final excommunication of The Waste Land from the literary into the manumission of capable and fecund literacy.
T. Thilleman on Marc Vincenz and Tom Bradley’s This Wasted Land and its Chymical Illuminations.
“From every image there came a new fragment of information, a painful little abstraction. None of these fragments was expressed in words, they were silent and without obvious meaning, but they accumulated in her heart and from this mysterious collaboration there would emerge a simple grammatical proposition to sweep away all the irrelevant images to come. In time, all the fragments would be reassembled in a precise truth – astonishingly short, and wholly contained in a fierce little group of words.”
Fiction by Madeleine Bourdouxhe , translated by Faith Evans
Heidegger was a bad reader of Sartre (and remember, it was Jean Beaufret who interpreted Sartre for him) when he claimed that the difference between them was that for Sartre “We are in a situation where there are only human beings,” whereas for Heidegger “We are in a situation where there is principally being.”
Introducing the launch of the Heidegger Research Series, Richard Polt and Gregory Fried interview Professor Thomas Sheehan.
One important thing that non-classical logics have done that classical logic has not (although, who knows, it may have, had Frege lived longer) is, after stepping carefully in problematic domains, to revise or rebuild completely in the light of suspicious results: classical paradoxes or limitations in areas like quantum physics, the foundations of mathematics, and plain old everyday reasoning in inconsistent or even just possibly inconsistent situations – have all inspired non-classical logics, and as a result we now have logics offering more nuanced and accurate models of deduction across at least some contexts and at most, more contexts than those classical logic can handle.
Continuing the End Times series, Richard Marshall interviews Penny Rush.
New centers are created out of peripheries. New peripheries face centers with fresh ambition. The colonizer and colonized morph into new entities. The purchase of cultural capital, such as indigenous medicine, offers yet new doors into industrial modernity. The extension of the project of late capitalism comes to ride on the shifting position-alities and strategic moves of those that carry such cultural capital.
Atreyee Majumder analyses the representations of postcolonial capital accumulation in James Cameron’s Avatar.
It is the spectator, as ever, who matters to Rancière; he argues that it is still the case that art is conceived as being either a transmission of knowledge from a pedagogical artist to a spectator, thus creating a hierarchical relation between artist and spectator, or, on the contrary, an attempt to bring the spectator into the same position as the artist, thus denying her freedom precisely as a spectator. Rancière instead insists that the criticism of culture must instead create a position of the emancipated spectator, who is creating her own work in defiance of the hierarchical relations by which art has usually been defined.
Tristan Burke on Jacques Rancière‘s The Intervals of Cinema.