Category Archives: Culture

For I will consider Christopher Smart

You may have come across the poem by Christopher Smart (1722-1771), “For I will consider my cat Jeoffry”, which begins: For I will consider my cat Jeoffry. For he is the servant of the living God. Duly and daily serving … Continue reading

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The age of the image and the number

Interesting post by Lance Strate on Jacques Ellul, Propaganda, and the Technological Society. Strate begins with Ellul’s argument that literacy and education make people more vulnerable to propaganda, rather than less: [L]iterate, well-educated people tend to think they’re immune to … Continue reading

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Žižek: the video

The talk by Slavoj Žižek on which I posted the other day is now available on YouTube. The talk itself is about 55 minutes long, with about 35 minutes of Q&A. Enjoy!

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Towards a prolegomena of a blog post about Slavoj Žižek

I went (with E) to a lecture by Slavoj Žižek last night – one of his popular, “intellectual showmanship as the new rock ‘n’ roll” lectures rather than one of his weighty, academic lectures on critical theory or Hegel or … Continue reading

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A Place of Greater Safety: first thoughts

I’ve just started reading A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel (author of Wolf Hall). So far – having reached page 67 – I’m enjoying it greatly. One thing I’m enjoying is the way it reverses the usual narrative … Continue reading

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“Who do you say that I am?” (2): Time

The second theme about the nature of Jesus that Justin Lewis-Anthony (see previous posts 1 | 2) identifies from Bosch’s Christ Mocked is time. Lewis-Anthony discusses the “Long Now“, a project to build a 10,000 year clock that will tick … Continue reading

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“Who do you say that I am?” (1): Trust

As I said at the end of my previous post, Justin Lewis-Anthony suggests that Bosch’s Christ Mocked reflects two themes concerning the nature of Christ that “speak particularly to us today”. Each theme is concerned with answering Jesus’ question: “Who … Continue reading

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