Posted by Nick Curley Case File: Slavoj Zizek Air Date: October 26th, 2011 Botanica (Summary): In his first appearance on the show, Zizek – Slovenia’s hottest Lacanian philosopher – praises PBS from right outta the gate, while sporting the look and gesticulations of a Muppet born of the Children’s Television Workshop. This meeting of the minds came last week in the midst of Zizek’s brief but storied tour of our fair city, which included transcribed speeches at St. Mark’s Bookshop […]
Posted by Jason Diamond If you didn’t read Slavoj Žiže’s essay over at The Guardian, “Why fear the Arab revolutionary spirit?,” you missed this: Western liberals think the only end result of any sort of Arab revolution will lead to either: A) The Taliban taking over. B) A sequel to Iran, 1979.
Bites: Tea Party Textbooks, Lethem on Wikipedia, Gaiman on The Simpsons, Žižek on WikiLeaks and More
Tennessee Tea Party members want any reference of the founding fathers “intruding on the Indians or having slaves or being hypocrites in one way or another.” Jonathan Lethem celebrates Wikipedia’s 10th birthday. Neil Gaiman to appear on The Simpsons. Slavoj Žižek talks Wikileaks. Taking a look at one of Joseph Conrad’s least-read books, The Inheritors
Malcolm Gladwell The internet is a-twitter with three things this morning: the anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the health care bill, and Maureen Tkacik’s Nation piece, “Malcolm Gladwell for Dummies.” HTMLGIANT’s Justin Taylor sees the essay as more than just a piece on Gladwell, but also “worth looking at…in light of [the] ongoing discussion of what good criticism can or should look like.” The Millions wonders if this is “a tipping point for Gladwell haters.” Berlin Wall […]