Philosophy and critical theory
Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life
by Howard Eiland and Michael W. Jennings
Harvard University Press
Published January, 2014
‘All he is at this point is brains and sex’: Walter Benjamin: A Critical Life
Walter Benjamin was born on 15 July 1892, mere hours after the commemoration of Bastille Day. It is hard to avoid making something allegorical of this insignificant contingency, given that for the rest of his relatively brief life Benjamin would almost invariably arrive a little too soon or a little too late.
by Albert Camus (translated by Arthur Goldhammer)
Published May, 2013
Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize
by Sean B. Carroll
Published September, 2013
A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus and the Quest for Meaning
by Robert Zaretsky
Published November, 2013
Philosophy? Absurd! Algerian Chronicles by Albert Camus
Albert Camus’ reputation, for good or bad, has been built upon cliché. This has resulted, for generations of readers, in a curious blindness when approaching his books. It seems simpler to repeat the cliché than to consent to what is actually spelled out on the page.
Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art
by Jacques Rancière
Published June, 2013
Art and Emancipation: Aisthesis: Scenes from the Aesthetic Regime of Art
According to Rancière, modern democratic politics and modern non-classical arts are two manifestations of the same new, revolutionary social space. In this space, sensibility or sense perception (aisthesis in Greek: the origin of the word aesthetics) is shared and distributed across social divides, providing the impetus for both a new egalitarian politics and a new democratic regime of artistic appreciation and practice, which Rancière has called the aesthetic regime of art.
Literature and Fashion
Much of what I read in the field of criticism these days is not purely literary criticism… but essays which are also fictions, perhaps referring to literary works in passing, in order to reference, interrogate and explore culture: its fashions, its trends, its past and future.