Tagged: French

Lit rec #261: “We know that the war against intelligence is always waged in the name of common sense.” (1957)

How to look at flags, fake wrestling, and most everything else. The bible of semiotics and signifiers. MYTHOLOGIES by Roland Barthes.




Lit rec #235: “Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.” (1835)

“I’m a great poet. I don’t put my poems on paper: they consist of actions and feelings.” LE PERE GORIOT by Honore de Balzac





Lit rec #217: “In the discourse of today’s financial backers of research, the only credible goal is power. Scientists, technicians, and instruments are purchased not to find truth, but to augment power.” (1978)

Slender portable genius. The call for smaller narratives. THE POSTMODERN CONDITION: A REPORT ON KNOWLEDGE by Jean-Francois Lyotard



Lit rec #206: “There is no power relation without the correlative constitution of a field of knowledge, nor any knowledge that does not presuppose and constitute at the same time power relations” (1970)

Ah, the Panopticon. Just one of those works you have to read to join in on the conversation. DISCIPLINE & PUNISH by Michel Foucault.

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Lit rec#175: What is Wrong and Right with Urban Reality.

“[W]here happiness is wedded to silence”. Remarkable flaneur-ing prose poems. Drunks, the poor, real people. PARIS SPLEEN by Charles Baudelaire.



Lit rec #158: One of the giants in the French avant-guard theater (1959).

Berenger against conformity, brutes, & all populist dogmatic political systems. Relevant more than ever. RHINOCEROS by Eugene Ionesco