Abdellatif Laâbi’s “In Praise of Defeat”

Archipelago books — maybe right now the finest US press truly turned toward & tuned in to the world beyond these Benighted States — has just released a gorgeous 800-page bilingual tome of the Moroccan poet Abdellatif Laâbi’s Selected Poems under the title In Praise of Defeat. The choice of poems is the author’s own, and the excellent translations from the French are by Donald Nicholson-Smith. Rather than “review” & laud … Read more Abdellatif Laâbi’s “In Praise of Defeat”

New Translation of Vaneigem Classic

One of the most essential books for my own coming of (political) age in the sixties was Raoul Vaneigem’s Traité de Savoir-vivre…, one of the two core texts of the Situationist International (the other one being Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle). As readers of this blog will know, I have kept up with Vaneigem’s writings over the years — here & here & here — and so … Read more New Translation of Vaneigem Classic