Following a screening of Derek Jarman's Wittgenstein at the Tate Modern on Friday 22 October, Tariq Ali discussed the work of Jarman and Ludwig Wittgenstein, and the writing and making of Ali's series of filmic philosophers' lives with Jonathan Derbyshire, culture editor of the New Statesman. This event, celebrating Verso's 40th year of publishing, was the first in the In Defense of Philosophy Series hosted by the Tate Modern.
In Defense of Philosophy Part 2 will take place in February 2011 with a screening of Tariq Ali's Spinoza: The Apostle of Reason with a very special surprise guest ...
In a post for the London Review of Books Blog, entitled "They can't buy her silence," Tariq Ali salutes Arundhati Roy's "clarity, conviction and refusal to compromise."
Arundhati Roy is both loathed and feared by the Indian elite. Loathed because she speaks her mind. Feared because her voice reaches the world outside India and damages the myths perpetrated by New Delhi regardless of which party holds power. She often annoys the official Indian Left because she writes and speaks of events for which they are either responsible or of which they dare not speak. Roy will not allow her life to be subjugated by lies.
Visit the London Review of Books Blog to read the post in full.