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Blog entries on '22 February 2007'

Thursday 22 February 2007

A reader (hi Katherine) has just sent me this:

I read your info about the William Morris Internet Archive and wondered if you'd be intrested in adding a link anywhere on your site to [this being the William Morris Gallery & Vestry House Museum]. Waltham Forests Labour Council are trying to close the gallery and this website details their plans and information about contacting them.

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Thursday 22 February 2007

Foucault, Zizek and Baudrillard Studies

From theoria, via wood s lot:

The fourth issue of Foucault Studies, the first issue of Zizek Studies, and the first issue of the fourth volume of Baudrillard Studies are all available.

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Thursday 22 February 2007

William Morris Internet Archive

You may have noted this mentioned on Booksurfer -- a still-growing William Morris Internet Archive:

Not yet complete but still an amazing online resource -- it will eventually provide free access to "virtually all written material from William Morris that was published in his lifetime." Most of the material in the archive was provided and transcribed by the late Nick Salmon (author of the William Morris Chronology). In particular the website includes many articles and talks that are difficult to locate including Morris's contributions to Commonweal, as well as the remarkable Socialist Diary, edited and annotated by Florence Boos (originally published by the History Workshop Journal in 1982). This is a website to bookmark and return to again and again.

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Thursday 22 February 2007

New Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe website

A message from Daniela Hurezanu about the recently deceased French philosopher Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe (cross-posted over at Editor's Corner):

After the announcement of Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe's death three weeks ago, a friend of mine and I tried to find a way of remembering and publicly honoring him, and decided, for lack of a better solution, to put together a web site where his ex-students and friends can share memories and honor the exceptional philosopher, writer and teacher who was Philippe. We finally came up with something and we invite you to take a look at the site and, if you have anything to contribute, please do so; if not, maybe you can pass the information along to someone else. So far we have a text in French and one in English, and either language is acceptable for future contributions. Considering that this is a work in progress, any suggestion is welcome. Thank you.

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Squire nagged and bullied till I went to fight,
(Under Lord Derby’s Scheme). I died in hell—
(They called it Passchendaele). My wound was slight,
And I was hobbling back; and then a shell
Burst slick upon the duck-boards: so I fell
Into the bottomless mud, and lost the light.

At sermon-time, while Squire is in his pew,
He gives my gilded name a thoughtful stare:
For, though low down upon the list, I’m there;
‘In proud and glorious memory’... that’s my due.
Two bleeding years I fought in France, for Squire:
I suffered anguish that he’s never guessed.
Once I came home on leave: and then went west...
What greater glory could a man desire?

-- Siegfried Sassoon
Collected Poems (Faber and Faber)

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