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Where We Know, We Cannot Act (published 14/10/2013)

Tom McCarthy (above) will be talking Hamlet — re-enactment, inauthenticity, and violence — with Simon Critchley and Jamieson Weber at Tate Modern on Saturday 19th October:

From the illusion of theatre and the spectacle of statecraft to the psychological theatre of inhibition and emotion, The Hamlet Doctrine explores the continued relevance of Shakespeare’s finest play for a modern world no less troubled by existential anxieties than Elizabethan London.

Philosopher Simon Critchley and psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster argue that what Hamlet makes manifest is the modern paradox of our lives: where we know, we cannot act. The Hamlet Doctrine is a thought-provoking radical re-examination of Hamlet, reading the drama alongside writers, philosophers and psychoanalysts – Schmitt, Benjamin, Freud, Lacan, Nietzsche, Melville, and Joyce – to claim Shakespeare as a modernist precursor, providing a language for articulating contradiction and transformation. With Tom McCarthy, the authors delve into Shakespeare’s finest play to explore the politics of the era, the exigencies of desire and the incapacity to love for a special event with a performance.

The Missing Links (published 13/10/2013)

Ten books about nothing. * Anne Carson‘s “Short Talk on the Withness of the Body“. Video here. * An interview with Chris Petit. * On Douglas Glover‘s Savage Love. * John Banville on Kafka. * Franz Kafka — the animated film. * Adam Thirlwell on Danilo Kis. * Philip Chevron R.I.P. More here. * Nothing is in here. * Cioran‘s heights of despair. * Philip Henscher on Paul Klee. * Art under attack. * The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies. * Art as therapy. * A literary map of San Francisco. * A movie guide to San Francisco. * Joshua Cohen‘s summer journal project. * Joshua Cohen: video. * Susan Sontag on W. G. Sebald. * An interview with Bob Stanley. * On Gombrowicz‘s Ferdydurke. * A portrait of Lucian Freud. * The letters of Paul Cézanne. * The surviving 36 minutes of Quentin Tarantino’s first film, 1987. * Man Ray‘s home movies. * Marguerite Duras‘s Les mains négatives. * René Clair‘s Paris qui dort, 1925. * Vintage Parisiana from Paul Almasy. * Simon Leys, “Literary Criticism: How and Why?” (video, via David Winters). * Kevin Thomas on John the Posthumous. * Jonathan Gibbs on Rachel Kushner‘s The Flamethrowers, and more. * A short story by Joanna Walsh. * Donna Tartt. * On Allen Jones. * A journey through London subculture. * The school of pop. * On Northern soul. * A short review of Travis Jeppesen‘s The Suiciders. * Georges Perec on arranging one’s books. * Will Self reads Borges‘s “On Exactitude in Science“. * Will Self on Routemasters and unnecessary psyches, as well as Mark Kermode‘s Hatchet Job. * David Byrne on the internet and New York City. * Jean-Michel Basquiat, 1982. * Aleksandar Hemon on Proust. * The Kraus Project reviewed. * The Daily Mail‘s take on great literature. * Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes)’s art installation. * A visual history of indie fashion. * Philip Hensher: refusing to write for free. [Pic.]

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