Theodor W. Adorno

10 Holocaust Books You Should Read

With regards to Holocaust literature, the canon has been pretty well established. Seminal texts like Elie Wiesel’s <i>Night</i>, Anne Frank’s diary, Art …

Jewish Culture

Why Authoritarians Love Religion

<i>(This post is part of a series on authoritarian wounding and should be taken in the context of this ongoing series, which looks at many aspects of</i> …

Religion

Complexity Bias: Why We Prefer Complicated to Simple

Complexity bias is a logical fallacy that leads us to give undue credence to complex concepts.<p>Faced with two competing hypotheses, we are likely to …

Charlie Munger

Trump is an existential threat — but we can’t give in to pessimism

Donald Trump could fulfill all the most dire prophecies of 20th-century theory — but there are better paths<p>During the mid-20th century, a deep pessimism came to dominate the thinking of many social theorists and cultural critics on the left, whose writings were full of bleak prognostications about …

U.S. Politics

New biography on Toscanini should win music book of the year

Years before a tragic earthquake reduced much of the city to rubble, I was invited to L’Aquila in the Italian province of Abruzzo to take part in, of …

The Arts

Seeing the Suffering Millions: On Neel Mukherjee’s 'A State of Freedom'

<i>The need to let suffering speak is a condition of all truth.</i> <br>—<b>Theodor Adorno</b><p>A Calcutta-born lecturer living on the East Coast of the United States is …

Vladimir Nabokov

Charli XCX’s ‘Pop 2’ Subverts Everything About Music for the Masses

The mixtape, exec produced by PC Music's AG Cook, is a masterclass in turning pop on its head.<p>I like listening to <i>Pop 2</i>, Charli XCX’s second (and best) 2017 mixtape, when I’m at the supermarket. Supermarkets are built on pretence: identical, perfect-looking products stand shoulder-to-shoulder on …

Carly Rae Jepsen

The five philosophers who will shape global politics in 2018

Philosophy skeptics have a tendency to sniffingly dismiss the field as useless. “What’s the point?” they ask, shrugging at the greatest ideas in human history. Well, aside from the intellectual pursuit of the truth etc., one point of philosophy is it shapes the world around us: Societal instincts …

Arianna Huffington

The Unlikely Kinship of “Bambi” and Kafka’s “Metamorphosis”

Before there was “Maus,” there were the “Mouse Folk.” Or, more precisely, fifty-six years before Art Spiegelman drew Jews as mice in his family memoir, Franz Kafka played with the associations between Jews and mice in the last story he wrote, “Josephine, the Singer, or the Mouse Folk,” which was …

Culture

I am thou: Persona 5’s Fight Against Alienation

<i>Disclaimer: Spoilers for all of Persona 5</i><p><b>“We reject no one, so take nothing from us”- Meteor City Motto</b><p>Human beings are not the gods of ancient myth …

Karl Marx

em>The Armies of the Night</em> fifty years on

Single Page<p>Discussed in this essay:<p><i>Four Books of the 1960s: “An American Dream,” “Why Are We in Vietnam?,” “The Armies of the Night,” and “Miami and</i> …

Long-form Journalism

Odysseus as Artist

<i>This piece appears in the LARB Print Quarterly Journal: No. 16, Art</i><p><i>To receive the LARB Quarterly Journal,</i> become a member or donate here.<p>¤<p><b>Echoes</b><p>“Echo …

Books

On the Concept of Beauty - Journal #87 December 2017 - e-flux

1<p>For this lecture, Adorno used the translation of the <i>Phaedrus</i> by Constantin Ritter, in <i>Platon</i>, <i>Sämtliche Dialoge</i>, ed. Otto Apelt, vol. 2: <i>Menon</i> – …

Christian Democratic Union

Review: Last Men in Aleppo

“No poetry after Auschwitz,” the German philosopher Theodor Adorno famously declared in 1951. The crisis of conscience that struck the Western world …

Syria

A Year in Reading: Patrick Nathan

On January 1st, I wrote in my notebook that it was “time to renew my usual promises and take artificial, arbitrary steps toward bettering myself and …

Books

Hito Steyerl Is an Artist With Power. She Uses It for Change.

BERLIN — Blurry selfies, pixelated screen shots, Photoshop disasters: Low-quality, mass-reproduced pictures flood our screens every day. They are easy to dismiss, but the German artist Hito Steyerl makes a case for their value.<p>“They spread pleasure or death threats, conspiracy theories or bootlegs, …

The Arts

A Boeuf Bourguignon for the End of the World

There’s something I’d like to share with you.First, you’ll need two pounds of sirloin or chuck roast, diced into cubes; a half-pound of slab bacon, …

"White Women Tears"—Critical Theory on Lindsay Shepherd

Two weeks ago, I analysed an incident at Wilfrid Laurier University, where teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd was reprimanded for playing a video …

Khmer Rouge

The Other Susan Sontag

Her essays emanated authority, but her fiction betrayed an aching sense of uncertainty.<p>Seriousness, for Susan Sontag, was a flashing machete to swing at the thriving vegetation of American philistinism. The philistinism sprang from our barbarism—and our barbarism had conquered the world. “Today’s …

Long-form Journalism

Trapped in an Abusive Relationship with the United States of America

For several days after Stephen Paddock perpetuated the worst mass shooting in the history of the United States, I would start my morning off by …

Donald Trump

In Defence of Jordan B. Peterson

A few days ago, Canadian author and English professor Ira Wells published an essay expressing concern about popular Canadian psychology professor and …

What Revolution?

Can a symptom explain itself? Enzo Traverso’s <i>Left-Wing Melancholia</i> is both an example and an explication of a particular condition, namely the …

Liberal View

Buddhists and Christians share a Saint: Barlaam & Josaphat

This was the proclamation made on June 3, 1870 by F. Max Muller, described by Donald Lopez as the “the most famous scholar of Asian Religion in the …

Robert F. Kennedy

How do we explain the fact that militant Jihadists write poetry?

What makes the practice of terror compatible with the practice of culture and the arts?<p>“No more poetry after Auschwitz” is what the German …

Sacrifice Revisited - The Marginalia Review of Books

Sacrifice has endured as a permanent fixture on our horizon. Its roots can be traced back to the mists of time before history began, but it has …

Books

Wilfrid Laurier and the Creep of Critical Theory

The social justice movement is known for routinely staging demonstrations, shouting down (and shutting down) speakers, and issuing demands. More …

British Philosophy

Repetition-Compulsion: World-Historical Rhythms in Architecture - Journal #54 April 2014 - e-flux

1<p>Clark Fagot and Harold Pashler, “Repetition Blindness: Perception or Memory Failure?” <i>Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and</i> …

Karl Marx

Don't Buy Into the Authenticity Scam

This past summer, a controversy broke out in the rapidly gentrifying Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights, leading to a consumer backlash about the …

Henry David Thoreau

Shapiro At UCLA: Exposing The Fascism Of The Left

On Monday evening, Daily Wire Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro returned to UCLA, his alma mater, where he graduated in 2004 before attending Harvard Law …

Conservative View

Hate in America: Where it comes from and why it's back

<i>To better understand the current spike in bigotry and hate in the United States, Yahoo News interviewed historians, sociologists, psychologists and</i> …