What really divides the left and the right? To answer this question, Intelligence Squared brought together two giants of British intellectual culture for an ideological reckoning: Terry Eagleton, literary critic and long-time hero of the radical left, and Roger Scruton, right-wing philosopher who has written on everything from economic theory to literature, and architecture to … Continue reading Terry Eagleton in conversation with Roger Scruton
John Coltrane’s transformation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” is the first example of irony. Embedded within Coltrane’s well-known version of “My Favorite Things” are several significant musical and cultural issues. First, there is an ironic juxtaposition of Coltrane’s version and the simpler and more sentimental version sung by Mary Martin in the stage … Continue reading My Favorite Things
There is something to confess: your speaker likes to leave a movie theatre. Back out on the more or less empty, more or less brightly lit sidewalk (it is invariably at night, and during the week, that he goes), and heading uncertainly for some café or other, he walks in silence (he doesn’t like discussing … Continue reading Leaving the Movie Theater
In this unusual self-portrait Bonnard slips into the role of a boxer practicing hooks and jabs in front of a mirror. We see him from his own point of view, looking at his reflection. The picture was done at a time when Bonnard had to face criticism due to his approach, which diverged from current … Continue reading Pierre Bonnard’s Le Boxeur
“I don’t say things because they are what I think, I say them as a way to make sure they no longer are what I think” [pdf] Michel Foucault the Last Interview 1984 Continue reading Foucault — The Lost Interview
We don’t know what to say. Sequences of words are repeated; gestures are recognized. Outside us. Of course some methods are mastered, some results are verified. Often it’s amusing. But so many things we wanted have not been attained, or only partially and not like we imagined. What communication have we desired, or experienced, or only simulated? What real project has been lost?
Jean Baudrillard Translated by Francois Debrix The miracle of photography, of its so-called objective image, is that it reveals a radically non-objective world. It is a paradox that the lack of objectivity of the world is disclosed by the photographic lens (objectif).2 Analysis and reproduction (ressemblance) are of no help in solving this problem. The technique of … Continue reading Photography, Or The Writing Of Light