European Enlightenment Possibilities?

Today the FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung) brings a conversation between Dietmar Dath, Slavoj Žižek and Daniel Cohn-Bendit. The conversation is entitled “We Europeans have the resource of Enlightenment. [Wir Europäer haben die Ressource der Aufklärung”.] I enjoy the possibility of three intellectuals from different fields (Dath is a novelist, essayist & art editor at the FAZ; Žižek the LLBean — i.e. the Leninist-Lacanian-Mr.Bean — of Europe & beyond; & Cohn-Bendit the iconic … Read more European Enlightenment Possibilities?

Potential market, no buyers

Via the excellent signandsight site, the opening paras of a recent essay by Norbert Mappes-Niediek. Fascinating lit news from that  other, often forgotten or belittled area of Europe: 03/07/2011 The paradoxes of the Ex-Yugoslavian bookmarket Only the greats of pre-war literature – like Ivo Andric – have readers in all republics. It does happen that a bookstore in Montenegro orders two or three books from his publishing house, says publisher Nenad … Read more Potential market, no buyers

Poets’ Spring in Luxembourg

Apologies for not having posted these last two weeks, but things have been very hectic and busy indeed. If last week I was in Europe for four days on a family occasion, I will return there this week for five days to take part in the “Printemps des Poètes Luxembourg 2011” festival. When I’m not on the road or in Albany teaching, I am trying to finish another largish … Read more Poets’ Spring in Luxembourg

Orhan Pamuck on Europe

Interesting essay by Orhan Pamuck in today’s Guardian. Below, the opening paras; you can read the whole piece here. The souring of Turkey’s European dream In the schoolbooks I read as a child in the 1950s and 1960s, Europe was a rosy land of legend. While forging his new republic from the ruins of the Ottoman empire, which had been crushed and fragmented in the first world war, Mustafa … Read more Orhan Pamuck on Europe