A violinist plays in a concentration camp. A refugee carries a book of poetry. Art sustains us when survival is uncertainBy Sarah FineRead at AeonHumanity at night
Stylistically speaking, A Burning is compulsively readable. It is told in short chapters, written in economic prose, alternating perspectives and foci on characters. Majumdar seems to be a skilled writer who knows our short attention spans intimately and recognizes the need to move briskly to appeal to our constraints.
I wanted to tell him that I read those words in a novel for class. In it the speaker - in one of many equivocating asides - expounded on how living in a city in India makes everyone develop a type of cataracts. Beggars, in all their motley shapes and forms, are so natural to our cities that they have become invisible. The are the unsubstantial beings, cloaked like poltergeists or djinns, that our minds filter out as we navigate the city.
Hesse is always worth reading, even though it can be a little New-Agey. In Hermann Hesse’s novels, as in his life, self-discovery walked a tightrope between deep insights and profound solipsism By M M Owen Read at AeonThe inward gaze
The name alone is enticing enough. It is the neatly packaged moniker which perfectly hooks the reader – in this case, me – who might be interested. I pointed at it for the boy minding the store. He labored out of his seat, and seeing what I was pointing at, said: “Do you really want to see it? Are you going to buy it? It’s really stuck in there; will be hard to get out. Why do you want it anyway?”
A powerful essay by Sarah Bellamy, who, in the wake of George Floyd being murdered in her hometown, argues that we need to question how white bodies might be predisposed to rely on a racial inheritance that endangers the lives of others. Performing Whiteness
http://www.guernicamag.com/features/the-teaching-class/ Excellent take on the adjunct issue.
I will start off my blog confessing Bernard Stielger’s French-style is tough to read (as care-less as it is to say). But nonetheless he does posit a powerful – and rather Gramscian – point when he says “My thesis is that this history is organological; indeed that intelligence regarding intelligence is organological intelligence” (30). In … Continue reading Stiegler and “Where education went wrong with Biopower?”
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/01/college-the-great-unleveler/?_php=true&_type=blogs&ref=international&_r=0 Dr. Suzanne Metler provides a solid analysis of decades-long transformation in higher education, making it ever more difficult to access and afford.
The Act of Killing has helped Indonesia reassess its past and present Film-maker talks about The Act of Killing, probably one of the most important and unique documentaries of all time. Even if it changes nothing, it is unlikely there will ever be another portrait of sociopathic genocidal killers (from their perspectives) like this ever … Continue reading The Act of Killing has helped Indonesia reassess its past and present