Monthly Archives: October 2014

Love

In 1967, the Beatles sang “All you need is love”. But does this still hold true? We rationalize and optimize every single aspect of our lives but leave the greatest irrationality in place: romantic love. We want to debate why…

Nietsche on Love

Willow Verkerk considers what Nietzsche has to teach us about love. What could Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) have to teach us about love? More than we might suppose. Speculations about his sexuality abound: did he really contract syphilis at a bordello,…

Jean-Luc Godard’s 3D film

In “Goodbye to Language,” Jean-Luc Godard invites the viewer to seemingly touch what’s on the screen. Jean-Luc Godard’s initial idea for the film “Goodbye to Language,” he said, was a simple one: “It’s about a man and his wife who…

Montaigne and Shakespeare

The Inner Light What Shakespeare saw in Montaigne’s reflections Although he’s revered as a great classic writer, Michel Eyquem de Montaigne (1533-1592) is an author we read because we want to, not because we have to. He’s intimate, erudite, chatty,…

Nabokov’s letters to Vera

Vladimir Nabokov LETTERS TO VÉRA Translated by Olga Voronina and Brian Boyd On June 1, 1926, Véra Nabokov set out from Berlin for the Black Forest, where she hoped a stay in a sanatorium would enable her to recover from…

Dylan Thomas

n Wales, a Toast to Dylan Thomas on His 100th Birthday By KATRIN BENNHOLDOCT. 26, 2014 LAUGHARNE, Wales — Down the footpath from his writing shed, along the curve of the water and up the hill, you see what the…

Cannes 2014: Mr Turner review

What a glorious film this is, richly and immediately enjoyable, hitting its satisfying stride straight away. It’s funny and visually immaculate; it combines domestic intimacy with an epic sweep and has a lyrical, mysterious quality that perfumes every scene, whether…

Richard Dawkins

The Closed Mind of Richard Dawkins His atheism is its own kind of narrow religion John Gray If an autobiography can ever contain a true reflection of the author, it is nearly always found in a throwaway sentence. When the…