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Finding A Place For Thought

Yesterday, I wrote briefly about how difficult it can be to find a place for thought when our attention, in both its mental and emotional dimensions, is set aimlessly adrift on the currents of digital media. 737 more words

Miscellaneous

The Unquiet Dead Chapter 1 - AudioZine

The Unquiet Dead: Anarchism, Fascism, and Mythology – Chapter 1. Fascist Ideology in Germany and Further – MP3ReadPrint Archive230 more words

Piles of Nothing

This week, we turn to the luminous Masha Gessen as she penetrates the dark, murky language of the autocrat in an essay published last May… 216 more words

Bearings

Learning to Live in the Dark: Reading Arendt in the Time of Climate Change

The kind of comprehension has in mind, though, would come not by taking refuge in old “commonplaces.” It requires, she writes, “examining and bearing consciously the burden which our century has placed on us — neither denying its existence nor submitting meekly to its weight.” 6,383 more words

Activism

Mass Violence, Mass Exhaustion: Responding to Evil

I wrote the following while reflecting not necessarily on the shootings in Las Vegas, but while despairing at my own anticipation of the next travesty while wondering, plaintively, how to muster a response to the mass violence wrought by human beings upon human beings that is being called the “Rohingya Crisis.” So much psychological distance heaped upon geographical distance…despair, useless, yes, and also damning. 296 more words

Essays

Mihail Sebastian Giveaway

In the latest issue of Open Letters Monthly I write about the Roman writer Mihail Sebastian, whose rediscovered masterpiece For Two Thousand Years (1934) is available in a brilliant new translation. 68 more words