Monthly Archives: December 2011

Charles Baudelaire

Privacy Policy On the public commodification of privacy. By Stefany Anne Golberg We have no more privacy. That’s what we’re told; certainly it’s something we feel. Of course it’s been thrilling, for those of us with the means and the…

Clive James

A Point of View by Clive James: review By Kate Chisholm At his best, Clive James can nail a topic better than anyone. It’s something to do with his Aussie sense of the absurd, his impatience with posturing, combined with his deep reading…

Transtromer squabbles

Reviewing Robin Robertson’s versions of Tomas Transtromer’s poems, The Deleted World, on January 26, 2007, Alan Brownjohn wrote: “Robertson’s book, a bilingual edition, is an inspired sampling of key poems from seven of Transtromer’s eleven volumes, in effect a tribute for…

The 10 most popular misconceptions about Oscar Wilde

Merlin Holland is Oscar Wilde’s grandson and the sole executor of his estate. He is the author of Irish Peacock & Scarlet Marquess, the first unabridged publication of the famous libel trial. 1. ‘Oscar’ is the best-known ‘Wilde’ True, but…

The Varieties of Atheist Experience

Paul Cliteur asks: if an atheist is someone who doesn’t believe in God, which God don’t they believe in? What is atheism? Although much used in contemporary language, not many people specify what they mean by the word. ‘Atheism’ has this…

What Happens when a Leftist Philosopher Discovers God

PETER BERGER Society is the social science journal superbly edited by Jonathan Imber. In its fall issue it carries an article by Philippe Portier (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris), entitled “Religion and Democracy in the Thought of Juergen Habermas”. Coincidentally,…

Upheaval at the New York Public Library

In July 2010, Hilde Hoogenboom, a professor of Russian literature at Arizona State University, sent an impassioned missive to Paul LeClerc, president of the New York Public Library, to protest the closure of the NYPL’s Slavic and Baltic division. It…