Articles tagged detective monk, mr. monk, nietzsche, sartre, existentialism, freedom

Patti Smith Is Some Messed Up Kind of Saint

Perhaps what Smith's Devotion teaches us most easily is the virtue of hubris.

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Basic Income Is the Future; Basic Income Could Be the Present

The Epilogue to Basic Income correctly identifies that the cause for economic anxiety and stagnation is the “dictatorship of the market”. From this, UBI would inarguably set us free.

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Life in the Time of Outrage: We’ve Drawn So Many Lines in the Sand That We’ve Eroded the Beach

The ad hominem argument, traditionally considered a logical fallacy, has gained a cultural acceptance and a widespread tacit approval that boggles the mind.

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17 May 2017 // 12:30 PM

Make America Cool Again

Joel Dinerstein's The Origins of Cool in Postwar America is an oddly reassuring handbook for the future of resistance

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‘Black Girl’ and the Ambiguous Nature of the Mask

Black Girl suggests that in its act of concealment the mask offers the revelation of the abyss that we truly are.

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Haunted by Nothingness: Emanuele Severino’s ‘The Essence of Nihilism’

Ask anyone whether something can be born of nothing, and the reply will be decisive: No! Yet we think, speak and act “as if” this were not the case.

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10 Oct 2016 // 2:00 AM

Nick Cave Predicts the End of Western Civilization

With “Higgs Boson Blues”, Cave simultaneously bemoans and embraces the existential crisis caused by hyperreality.

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Looking for ‘The Stranger’: Albert Camus and the Life of a Literary Classic

Camus's classic has finally earned its very own biography.

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16 Jun 2016 // 2:15 AM

After Absurdism, Algiers

Jacques Ferrandez's graphic novel adaptation of Albert Camus's The Stranger is a surprising salve for grown-ups.

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Outsiders and Marxists and Nazis ‘At the Existentialist Cafe’

When it comes to reconstructing the lived experience of historical figures and philosophers, the devil is in the details, and the devil is probably a Nazi.

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‘Sleep of the Righteous’ Underlines Why Hilbig Had Won Almost Every German Literary Prize

Life within East Germany is exposed in all its repressive, absurd horror in a recently translated collection of short stories by Wolfgang Hilbig.

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Surviving the Moral Narrative of ‘Taxi Driver’ 40 Years On

"You do a thing and that's what you are." So what does that make us, the voyeurs in Travis Bickle’s world?

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Why Does Paul Bowles’ 70-Year-Old Existential Masterpiece Continue to Test Our Limits?

The Sheltering Sky is itself a test of limits: its form is an exploration of how far one can go in novel writing.

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Cannes 2015: Woody Allen’s ‘Irrational Man’ Is More of the Same

The 2015 Cannes Film Festival finds Woody Allen mining the same tropes of crimes and misdemeanors that he does with each film.

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In ‘Magic in the Moonlight’, Ideas Trump Characters

The fundamentalist atheism and myopic intellectualism of Woody Allen's latest depiction of an older man/younger woman dynamic makes it a pale imitation of his best work.

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Big Machine by Victor LaValle

Victor LaValle’s second novel is a Da Vinci Code for fans of Haruki Murakami and Chappelle’s Show.

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8 Dec 2008 // 9:00 PM

Akon: Freedom

Oft-maligned hitmaker's third album doesn't do much to convince the haters that he's not the hack that they think.

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Stevie Wonder Takes a Knee as Green Day and Others Also Speak Out at Global Citizen Festival

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"The 2017 Global Citizen Festival's message for social action was amplified by Stevie Wonder and many other incredible performers and notable guests.

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