Sunday, January 17, 2010

The state, the arts, gossip & accomplished nephews

Ludwig Feuerbach

On Aussie radio, Alan Saunders interviews Moira Gatens on Spinoza, Feuerbach and George Eliot's Middlemarch

More radio from Oz -- Parts 1 and 2 of a program on dreams (interviews with a Jungian [Part 1] and a neuroscientist [Part 2])

'Wallace Stevens, Armchair Visionary' (ht Books, Inq.)

'Aufklärung für Kinder' -- Walter Benjamin wrote 30 German radio broadcasts for kids between 1929 and 1932

The new English translation of de Beauvoir's Second Sex

A long excerpt from Marilynn Robinson's 2006 article, 'Onward Christian Liberals'

The Glorious Revolution and the making of the modern state

Review of Jon Elster's book on disinterested action

Joseph Margolis on his 2009 book, The Arts and the Definition of the Human

Mary Midgley reviews The Master and His Emissary

'Dark secrets about Charlie Chaplin's mother'

'Fuss over English egghead' -- the strange twists of Colin Wilson's career, including his meeting with Marilyn Monroe ("I had been told she was bookish")

Vintage crime fiction -- Raymond Chandler and Jim Thompson

A Scotsman summit on Montaigne

Jan Morris -- "I've been egocentric. Egocentric all my life."

I discovered Edward Bernays (a nephew of Freud) while teaching a course in media ethics a few years ago -- here's a piece on his relation to consumer culture. More about Bernays from Mind Hacks

One of Willard van Orman Quine's nephews, Robert Quine, was a great guitarist who gave up tax law for punk rock -- he worked with Lou Reed and Brian Eno among others

June Christy performs 'How High the Moon' with Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé:

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