How the great anthropologist, now approaching his 100th birthday, has earned a place in the prestigious Pléiade library
Orhan Pamuk’s Masumiyet Muzesi
I was on business trip to Istanbul Turkey again between July and August.
29th of August 2008 Orhan Pamuk’s latest novel (Masumiyet Muzesi) was published in Turkey, so I wanted to buy before I flew back to USA. I was working in many locations; it was hard to find a bookstore that sells even Nobel Prize winner book.
“Intellectuals and Power” a 1972 conversation between Foucault and Deleuze is available online. It was previously published in Language, Counter-Memory, Practice (ed. Donald Bouchard, 1977), and in Foucault Live ( ed. Sylvere Lotringer, 1996). This is the conversation where Foucault famously discusses the role of the intellectual: FOUCAULT: The intellectual’s role is no longer to place himself
Bestselling author Ian McEwan is speaking out against the Neopolitan mafia’s public death threats against author Roberto Saviano. Saviano wrote an expose of the Naples mafia (the Comorroa) titled Gomorrah which was a bestseller. The Comorra has said that Saviano will be dead by Christmas. Infuriated that the Italian government isn’t taking the threat seriously, a number of Noble laureates started a petition demanding that the Italian government put a stop the threats from the mafia.
I just came from a presentation at Macquarie University on using multimedia presentations to inspire students and facilitate learning. But I came away from the lecture thinking about how people hoard their teaching tools (and how universities hoard their lecturers’ teaching tools), and wondering what to think about that.
Extract from Postill, J. (forthcoming) Introduction: Theorising media and practice. In Bräuchler, B. and J. Postill (eds) Theorising Media and Practice. Oxford and New York: Berghahn.
A worthy touchstone to arbitrate between worldviews immanent and transcendent is the désir d’éternité, the "desire to gather together the scattered moments of meaning into some kind of whole." According to Charles Taylor, who adduces this touchstone, only transcendence has a satisfactory response to its longing: personal immortality. What response, if any, remains for immanence? Must it invent comic masks to hide the frown of an indifferent world? Must it surrender everything to the river of a senseless time? Must it be mute before the anguish of the bereaved? […]