Thierry kindly informs me – thank you, but why? – that Edward Saïd (1935-2003) is scheduled to make a surprise appearance at Voix de la Résistance, a fest being organised to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Le Monde Diplomatique.
Even more remarkable in some ways is the slot scheduled for Jacques Derrida, who is not a well man. I’d travel to see him, if only to ask for my money back. But no, you can’t have my copy of On Grammatology, because it’s actually very entertaining. Here‘s a brief introduction by a La Salle prof to one of the most-read chunks of Part II.
Before I read Eco I’d always assumed – remember I regard myself as a trombonist – that reading Aquinas would be a waste of time. Wrong again.
- Simon Heffer on Richard Evans Pursuit of Power: oh dear
Simon Heffer on Richard J. Evans, The Pursuit of Power: Europe, 1815-1914 (Penguin History of Europe), to paraphrase him, falls well
- Being or having the only one
Thinking about the origins of exclusivity, various biblical suggestions as to how to deal with idolaters spring to mind like a
- More Holocaust blah
You remember the book, promoted by Barcelona council, which said that Guantánamo and the Israeli wall were comparable to the Holocaust?
Yet more from Isaac D’Israeli’s Curiosities of Literature, this time in celebration of Catalonia’s nationalist-socialist government’s attempts to reintroduce press censorship
- Brief history of the decline and fall of the fig
I want to illustrate at ridiculous speed the change in status of Ficus carica – once found outside the back door