Posts tagged: excerpts

  • Antithesis by Theodor Adorno

    Antithesis by Theodor Adorno

    The subjugation of life to the process of production imposes as a humiliation on everyone something of the isolation and solitude that we are tempted to regard as resulting from our own superior choice.

  • Theodor Adorno on Gala Dinners

    Theodor Adorno on Gala Dinners

    The abundance of commodities indiscriminately consumed is becoming calamitous. It makes it impossible to find one's way, and just as in a gigantic department store one looks out for a guide, the population wedged between wares await their leader.

  • Walter Benjamin

    Born Under the Sign of Saturn

    Susan Sontag introduces Walter Benjamin by dissecting his own words and the words of his peers. All through the inescapable lens of Benjamin's melancholy.

  • Theodor Adorno on Expiry

    Theodor Adorno on Expiry

    Truly terrifying are the sleepless nights when time seems to contract and run fruitlessly through our hands. But what is revealed in such contraction of the hours is the reverse of time fulfilled.

  • The pervasiveness of carelessness

    The pervasiveness of carelessness

    As carelessness takes hold in so many domains of life, and as community ties are profoundly weakened, the family is often encouraged to step in as society’s preferred infrastructure of care.

  • A Low Demand For Labor

    A Low Demand For Labor

    In Automation and the Future of Work, Aaron Benanav uncovers the structural economic trends that will shape our working lives far into the future. What social movements, he asks, are required to propel us into post-scarcity, if technological innovation alone can’t deliver it?

  • Jacqueline Rose on Freud's 'Dora'

    Jacqueline Rose on Freud's 'Dora'

    Jacqueline Rose's reading of Freud's famous case study 'Dora' from Sexuality in the Field of Vision remains one of the most important interventions not only in the interpretation of that case and its place within Freud's theory but also of the relation between psychoanalysis and feminism.

  • The Politics of Friendship

    The Politics of Friendship

    Until relatively recently, Jacques Derrida was seen by many as nothing more than the high priest of Deconstruction, by turns stimulating and fascinating, yet always somewhat disengaged from the central political questions of our time. Or so it seemed. Derrida's “political turn,” marked especially by the appearance of Specters of Marx, has surprised some and delighted others.