Summer Reading for All: Spinoza on Freedom of Thought in a Free State

I am re-reading this final chapter of Bento Spinoza’s Tractatus  — an important text right now! — in a friend’s house where I found it in a lovely little French edition published by Cahiers de l’Herne, & decided to post an english translation below. Enjoy! IN A FREE STATE EVERY ONE IS AT LIBERTY TO THINK AS HE PLEASES, AND TO SAY WHAT HE THINKS. If it were as … Read more Summer Reading for All: Spinoza on Freedom of Thought in a Free State

Repeat: Eric Mottram on Triggernometry

  Below, the headnote from the first time I posted this essay (December 26, 2012). Reposting it again over the next five days, both because recent events make it retain its usefulness, and as an introduction to next Monday’s conference on Eric Mottram’s work at King’s College, University of London, where I’ll be giving a talk on Mottram’s importance today, 23 years after his death: That lethal all-American gun … Read more Repeat: Eric Mottram on Triggernometry

Two Texts by Clayton Eshleman: (1) Orpheus in Lascaux

ORPHEUS IN LASCAUX The Lascaux Pit’s visionary scene is much more formidable & larger than I had anticipated before climbing down a narrow 16 foot ladder to it in May 1997. Around 6 and a half feet in length the scene possesses its wall space with black, aggressive, calligraphic strokes. In reproductions it often appears cramped,with a bird-headed man, a wounded bison, & a rhinoceros done in a puerile,primitive” fashion. As I … Read more Two Texts by Clayton Eshleman: (1) Orpheus in Lascaux