Stendhal's Manuscripts

If you have French or just like Stendhal or actually just want to see what an excellently made website offering superbly designed access to a major writer’s manuscript can look like, go and check out the Les manuscripts de Stendhal site. Of course it took some collaborative doing and giving by local and state governments to achieve this. Thus the money behind the site comes from aa collaboration between … Read more Stendhal's Manuscripts

Ales Debeljak: In praise of hybridity

Via Eurozine, here is the opening section of an essay on “globalization and the modern western paradigm” by Ales Debeljak, the head of the Center for Cultural and Religious Studies, University of Ljubljana, whose publications include: Dictionary of Silence, The City and the Child, Reluctant modernity : the institution of art and its historical forms, Anxious Moments, Twilight of Idols: The Tragedy of Yugoslavia and Individualism and Literary Metaphors … Read more Ales Debeljak: In praise of hybridity

It's Heidegger déjà vu all over again

Not sure if it is just a very succesful publisher’s stunt, but a few weeks before the publication of the English translation of Emmanuel Faye’s book on Heidegger as the ur-Nazi, “Heidegger: The Introduction of Nazism Into Philosophy,” the intellectually sophisticated media (from the The Chronicle of Higher Education to slate.com) have been wallowing in re-treaded Heidegger discussions. It truly is déjà-vu all over again, as the whole thing … Read more It's Heidegger déjà vu all over again

Remembering the Wall, 20 Years on…

For the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall on November 9, 1989, a fair amount of ink is being splattered left, right and center.  Here is the signandsight summing up of the German feuilletons’s dealing with the anniversary (the links of course go back to the articles in the German papers, but the one or two sentence summaries in English do give those without German a … Read more Remembering the Wall, 20 Years on…