Eric Anthamatten

Drawing on the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas and the story of Cain and Abel, Eric Anthamatten offers an ethical consideration of torture and the hunt for a faceless Osama bin Laden in the movie Zero Dark Thirty.

Arie Amaya-Akkermans

[read part one here]

For A. Fakhreddine...

“I came into the world under the sign of Saturn -- the star of the slowest revolution, the planet of detours and delays.” 

― Walter Benjami

“I came into the world under the sign of Saturn -- the star of the slowest revolution, the planet of detours and delays.” -Walter Benjamin

Shaun Randol

My second foray into the Brooklyn Book Festival was the Walker in the City panel, where the venerable Edmund White coaxed writers to reveal the imaginary forces behind a common theme in their writing: the distance their main characters covered, both geographic and metaphysical.

Shaun Randol

While I have gleefully immersed myself in his nonfiction and long-form essays, I have not read The Broom of the System, Infinite Jest, or The Pale King.

Shaun Randol

For me, PEN’s World Voices Festival of International Literature began two hours before the “official” opening night event (discussed here and here).

J. K. Fowler

Event: Festival of New French Writing
Date: 02/25/11
Time: 2:30PM
Panel: Pascal Bruckner and Mark Lilla. Moderated by Adam Gopnik.
Location: 100 Washington Square East, Silver Center, NYU.

New York City: Silver Center, NYU. Event 3 of the Festival of New French Writing.

J. K. Fowler

On the 26th of February, 2011 I got a chance to sit down with Pascal Bruckner, world-renowned French philosopher, at the Gaby Restaurant at the Sofitel Hotel on W. 44th Street in New York City while he was in the city to attend the Festival of New French Literature at NYU's Silver Center. Below is the full transcript of our conversation. 


Date: 02.26.2011 

Time: 11:00 AM 

Shaun Randol

For the Jun/Jul/Aug issue of Bookforum magazine, Paul La Farge published a sketch of the utopian ideal, and the conceptions of utopia today. This is a quick response I shared with the editors of BF.


Chris Haddix

When is a walk more than just an innocent stroll? When life is examined outside the ivory tower amongst the anarchy of the streets! Chris Haddix reviews The Examined Life, an illuminating film that requires curiosity—and fortitude—of its audience.

Marianne LeNabat

Singer-songwriter Charlotte Greig's first novel, A Girl's Guide to Modern European Philosophy, takes the reader between the sheets and into the realm of existentialism. Marianne LeNabat reviews a premier with a suspenseful ending.