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Blog entries on '25 September 2007'

Tuesday 25 September 2007

Tuesday Top Ten -- Stephen Mitchelmore

This week's Tuesday Top Ten over on Editor's Corner at The Book Depository is from our pal Stephen Mithelmore of This Space.


Steve chooses "ten books that defy simple classification" and they are:


  • The Writing of the Disaster by Maurice Blanchot
  • The Great Fire of London: a story with interpolations and bifurcations by Jacques Roubaud
  • Extinction by Thomas Bernhard
  • Poetry as Experience by Phillipe Lacoue-Labarthe
  • Lichtenberg and the Little Flower Girl by Gert Hofmann
  • Selected Writings I-IV by Walter Benjamin
  • Collected Poetry & Prose by Wallace Stevens
  • The Total Library by Jorge Luis Borges
  • Everything Passes by Gabriel Josipovici
  • The Singer on the Shore by Gabriel Josipovici

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Tuesday 25 September 2007

Andre Gorz RIP

The philosopher André Gorz, 84, co-founder of the Nouvel Observateur weekly, has committed suicide together with his wife Dorine. More via AFP.


Wikipedia tells us:


Gorz was a theorist of workers' self-management. Later, he was also concerned with political ecology. His central theme is work: liberation from work, just distribution of work, alienated work, etc. He is also one of the advocates for Guaranteed basic income.

He also was a main theorist in New Left movement,inspired by the young Marx humanism and Alienation discussion and the liberation mankind,seeking a third way between communism and reform capitalism like his mentor, Jean Paul Sartre, but even in the same spirit as the people like C. Wright Mills and the people round him in the New Left Review, and Jurgen Habermas and the Frankfurter School. Gorz called him self an "revolutionary-reformist", a democratic socialist who wanted to see system changing reforms.

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