In many ways Alain Badiou and Lars Iyer constitute the existential extremities of the present political conjuncture. Where the latter… Read more Lars Iyer’s Misreading of Badiou
I noted long ago a common misconception about Proust’s À la Recherche du Temps Perdu. Put simply, people seem to… Read more Proust: In Search of the Present
A new craze is surging across the internet: “The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”. According to Wikipedia, it is “a… Read more More than Nothing: Kevin Bacon’s “Bacon Number”
The most fundamental experience of writing a Ph.D. is the horrifying passage of freedom into necessity. It is that constant… Read more Being and Time of PhDs
Over the last year or so I’ve become increasingly struck by the melodramatic book blurbs which Slavoj Žižek has written… Read more A Selection of Slavoj Žižek’s Book Blurbs
One of the most striking features of this book is its Latinity. The ratio of Latin to Anglo-Saxon- or Greek-origin… Read more Thoughts on Gillian Rose’s Love’s Work
The journal, Historical Materialism, will be holding its annual conference this week in London, from 11th-14th November. This year’s conference… Read more Historical Materialism Conference
If you never found time to read Eagleton’s Holy Terror then this article in Lapham’s Quarterly is a pretty good… Read more Eagleton on Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor
See Part I and Part II. Proust’s Aesthetic Theory Except, of course, that it cannot. To think the event and… Read more Proust and Derrida: Part III – Proust’s Aesthetic Theory
(For Part I, see here) Cliché What on earth does all this have to do with clichés? To answer this… Read more Proust and Derrida: Part II
In a conversation between Tom McCarthy and Lee Rourke, published in today’s Guardian, and brought to my attention by Steve… Read more Cliché: Proust and Derrida
What is the limit point that separates a ‘Marxist’ approach to literature from a deconstructionist one? If we were to… Read more Derrida, Sartre and the Fictive Institution of Literature
I’m currently reading an interview with Derrida conducted by Derek Attridge in April 1989, since translated into English in Acts… Read more Derrida and Literarity
To be clear-sighted even through the mist of tears – even then to have to understand, to study, to observe… Read more The Condition of Mediocrity
On finding a writing voice.
On sex and civilzation
On BHA poster campaign.
On Sartre, performative and propositional
On freedom and limits in the process of writing.
Quotation from Adorno’s Negative Dialectics.