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Book Forum: Working Through Collective Memory

by guest contributor Asaf Angermann

The JHI Blog is pleased to announce a new occasional feature, a forum bringing together faculty across disciplines to discuss recent works in intellectual history over consecutive Fridays. 1,893 more words

Let Suffering Speak: Protest. Pepsi. Privilege.

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“The need to let suffering speak,” Theodor Adorno once wrote, “is a condition of all truth,”  and, I think we should add, we who mostly live in privilege must learn to listen to suffering – to those speaking in many different languages. 908 more words

The Monstrous Pantsuit and the Feminine Man

A few days ago I watched an old Hollywood movie (Giant, 1956) I remember reading about once in an alt-right article about early “cultural Marxist” propaganda in (((the movies))). 1,583 more words


On Bernstein's Tchaikovsky

Although I occassionally consider myself to be somewhat of a Puritan, I always found that Tchaikovsky is a terribly underrated composer, and that Bernstein gives us a Tchaikovsky for people who really… 522 more words


Fuck virality, I want my ideas to be radioactive

There’s a fascinating footnote in Radio Benjamin, loc 395-410, discussing Adorno’s description of Benjamin’s ideas as ‘radioactive’:

The full sentence reads, “Everything which fell under the scrutiny of his words was transformed, as though it had become radioactive,” … Although Adorno’s metaphor uses a different register of boundary crossing, the German radioaktiv, like the English radioactive, shares with Rundfunk, or radio, a connotation of atmospheric spreading, dispersal, and uncontrolled movement across and within borders and lines of containment; the airwaves, like the air or the atmosphere, represent a quasi-invisible scene or medium of transmission.

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Essay Aphorisms

An essay aphorism should do two things. First, it should express a complete thought or idea. Second, it should both create in the reader a desire to think more and provide more or less subtly imposed suggestions for the direction thought ought to take. 502 more words


Hunching in the chaos of phenomena

It is the year 1810, and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel has awoken from a bad dream. His hand still shaking, garbed in his nightgown as was his habit, he puts pen to paper, describing… 1,020 more words

Conceptual Analysis