Monthly Archives: January 2013

Artleaks exposes the culture scene’s ugly truths

Corruption, censorship, blackmail and exploitation usually refer to the world of business, rather than culture. But the founders of the online platform Artleaks say it’s time to break the silence. Cultural institutions may take pride in marketing themselves as zones…

High culture and entertainment

In conversation with the sociologist Gilles Lipovetsky, novelist and Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa discusses the relative merits of “high” and “mass” culture in the contemporary world and defends the ideas explored in his recent book La civilización del espectáculo. Eurozine

Geoff Dyer

William Deresiewicz Never mind the writing, as superb as it so often is: as agile, as subtle, as witty, as funny, as brilliantly insightful. Never mind the breadth—a book about jazz, a book about photography, a book about a film,…

A biography of Jacques Derrida

By Benoît Peeters A sure sign of a compelling biography is when you throw the book down in disbelief: ‘So you mean shewas having an affair with him?!’ (I actually blurted this out, to the consternation of fellow train passengers.) I happened…

An interview with playwright Tom Stoppard

Victoria Glendinning Tom Stoppard turned 75 this summer. There is a line of his on several quotations websites: “I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity.” Does he still think that? He tells the strange story…

The difference between knowledge and belief

With the discovery of the Higgs boson, the last gap in the “Standard Model” of physics has been filled. Martin Eiermann talked with the head of the CERN laboraties, Rolf-Dieter Heuer, about the future of physics, the value of diversity,…

W. B. Yeats and magic

If the paramount project of W.B. Yeats’ professional life was the perfection of the art of poetry, it was intertwined with a personal preoccupation, the study and practice of magic— not in any metaphorical sense, but the dedicated pursuit of supernatural…

Ludwig Wittgenstein on looking, not thinking

“Thinking in pictures,” Sigmund Freud once wrote, “stands nearer to unconscious processes than does thinking in words, and is unquestionably older than the latter both ontogenetically and phylogenetically.” There is, in other words, something primordial, something foundational, about thinking visually.…