Thanks, Rainn Wilson, I'll never again be able to look at Žižek without thinking of Zach Galifianakis.
But Žižek is funnier.
Also, Mr. Wilson: pot/kettle?
Tune in to "Media Matters" on WILL am this Sunday the 12th at 2 PM ET for what's sure to be a provocative conversation on the current media crisis. André Schiffrin, author of Words and Money, has been a leading figure in the book publishing world for nearly 50 years. Robert McChesney, host of "Media Matters", is the author of a number of award-winning books on media reform, including Rich Media, Poor Democracy for The New Press.
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Luc Sante's excellent new piece for the New York Review of Books places Eric Hazan's The Invention of Paris among Debord and Benjamin in the literature of psychogeography. Calling The Invention of Paris "one of the greatest books about the city anyone has written in decades, towering over a crowded field, passionate and lyrical and sweeping and immediate," Sante compares Hazan's conception of Paris to Debord's iconic The Naked City,
which isolate clusters of blocks and show their subjective connections to their neighbors, or lack thereof, with big red arrows. Hazan notes, for example:
'The Arsenal triangle between the Boulevards Henri-IV and Bourdon-the starting point of Flaubert's Bouvard and Pécuchet, on a bench with the thermometer at 33 degrees C-with its acute angle at the Bastille, and dividing the Saint-Paul quarter from the approaches to the Gare de Lyon.'
The triangle in fact figures in The Naked City, with arrows leading to and from the train station, to St.-Paul, and from the Île St.-Louis, while resolutely ignoring the Bastille. On site you don't need to know its history or its literary pedigree to sense those occult connections and that it is, as Debord put it, a "turntable."