Exactly what it says on the tin!
Very insightful, pertains to the merger of art and activism and our system of cultural production. Assesses different modes of creation that produce new ways of seeing, and how all art/culture production gets almost instantaneously ingested by the machine of consumerism and capitalism. What can we do?
Aesthetics + Politics. Very important, readable and inspiring/daunting in a way. This book helps conceptualize and focus the concerns and analysis of internet freedoms, governance, surveillance and involuntary transparency.
Loved this book. She myth-busts people who argue that capitalism can save us from capitalism. Each section is structured in a way where she sends up the premise and then you find yourself whispering "..now, eviscerate them." And, in a readable, open way, she does.
This is an unpretentious travelogue of Bouvier and his friend as they drive from Switzerland to India in the 1950s. Of course they see the world, meet its people and breakdown in their Fiat. What fascinates me beyond the story, which is well told and easy to read, is the infeasibility of this trip nowadays due to our political climate and recent history. One can't just drive through Iran and Afghanistan anymore, even if our Fiat is ready--and this story takes place just before the brink, when the "way of the world" was about to change.
Either mysogynist or feminist, utopian or dystopian. Confusing and haunting. I love the line from the translator, "we applaud Wedekind’s insight, while perhaps fretting about his motivation in arriving at it". Also love the term "psycho-sexual".
Ignore the movie tie-in cover, my version of this book has a brain that looks like a butt. Think of that. This is a beautiful meditation on human exploration and scientific drive. It is dry but romantic but philosophical. Weirdly heartbreaking. As the book, and all adaptations, say, "We have no need for other worlds. We need mirrors."
I have been recommending and reliving this work for a number of years now--I think it is time for me to admit that Sebald is probably my favorite author. This work, along with Austerlitz, Rings of Saturn and Vertigo, is an erudite, almost stream-of-consciousness, run-on (in a good way), moreover, melding of fact and fiction and travel and history. Come to think of it, the story never seems like a blending of fact or fiction, Sebald probably operates in the realm of fiction to free the work when everything reads as peculiar and particular biography. Highly recommended.