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The Laughter of Hannah Arendt

Franz Kafka is hung in Israel for being a Nazi. Hannah Arendt laughs in the face of Auschwitz. Walter Benjamin cries for the lost revolution. With such visions, the Berlin-based-artist Volker März has carved out a space for himself as an artist of the thoughtful and the absurd. I met him last month at MEINBLAU,…Read more The Laughter of Hannah Arendt Posted on 30 November 2012 | 11:10 am

The Bureaucracy of Sandy

The after effects of Super-storm Sandy are felt from the beaches to the statehouses. First of all, let’s realize it was not a hurricane, but a freakish combination of storm systems. Super-storm is more truthful than hurricane. Whatever it was, it has upended lives, and politics. The Financial Times reports today that Governor Chris Christie…Read more The Bureaucracy of Sandy Posted on 29 November 2012 | 11:35 am

Reading to the Crowd

The set of a 1999 production of “A Masked Ball” for a yearly festival in Bregenz, Austria. Posted on 29 November 2012 | 8:57 am

Stanislaw Lec on Thinking

“Thoughts, like fleas, jump from man to man.  But they don’t bite everybody.” -Stanislaw Lec Posted on 27 November 2012 | 11:23 am

A Politics of Appearances

“To be alive means to live in a world that preceded one’s own arrival and will survive one’s own departure. On this level of sheer being alive, appearance and disappearance, as they follow upon each other, are the primordial events, which as such mark out time, the time span between birth and death.” -Hannah Arendt,…Read more A Politics of Appearances Posted on 26 November 2012 | 12:20 pm

Happy Thanksgiving

Posted on 21 November 2012 | 11:40 pm

Arendt & Antigone

In a short entry in her Denktagebuch from 1956, Arendt offers a gnomic reflection on Antigone: Ad Orff, Antigone: Als sei alles darauf angelegt, uns zum Ertönen zu bringen. Wir aber verschliessen uns, verstummen und klagen nicht. Antigone- die klagende, tönende menschliche Stimme, in der alles offenbar wird. Ad Orff, Antigone: As if all was…Read more Arendt & Antigone Posted on 20 November 2012 | 3:25 pm

Albert Camus on Thinking

“Thinking is learning all over again how to see, directing one’s consciousness, making of every image a privileged place.” ― Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays Posted on 20 November 2012 | 12:46 pm

Even in Solitude There are Always Two

“In solitude a dialogue always arises, because even in solitude there are always two.” -Hannah Arendt, Denktagebuch In the back of a volume of letters between Louise von Salome and Rainer Maria Rilke, Hannah Arendt wrote in pencil: “253, 256, Einsamkeit.” On the corresponding pages, she marked out two passages from a letter from Rilke…Read more Even in Solitude There are Always Two Posted on 19 November 2012 | 11:56 am

What is a House?

Hannah Arendt spoke of having acquired, through her life, a “love of the world.” When writing about education she argues that “education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it.” And in politics, she insists, we must care for and love the world more than…Read more What is a House? Posted on 16 November 2012 | 3:56 pm