Friday, March 4, 2011

hot off the presses soon...

***Tantalizing reads.  Get 'em all by any means necessary, if possible the Abbie Hoffman way.***

Howard Eiland ed, Walter Benjamin/Early Writings 1910-1917 (Belknap Press, 2011)

I feel weird saying this, but what can I say?, Benjamin is my guru.  Benjamin was the most precocious and retrospective of thinkers.  I'm excited about roaming in these early writings. 

I hope y'all have the four volumes of his Selected Writings and The Arcades Project, and also other good stuff published by Harvard University Press.  I do wish that someone would come out with a handsome edition of The Origin of German Tragic Drama like the first English edition hardcover from New Left Books 1977 because the recent Verso reprint is cheaply produced, no offense to Verso.  The book lover in Benjamin would've appreciated that. 

Postscript on Insignificance: Dialogues with Cornelius Castoriadis (Continuum, 2011)

It seems to me that Castoriadis is still undervalued, but oh well.  I first learned about him through my interest in Socialisme ou Barbarie, many a moon ago.  The Imaginary Institution of Society is not only one of the most brilliant works of post-Marxism but of 20th century philosophy, advocating the radical imaginary and autonomy against "identitary logic-ontology."  I would grab it before it's out of print, as well as the three volume Political and Social Writings.  Good thing many of his works are available.  Castoriadis humorously said that "comrade Guy Debord gallicized and plagiarized" him. 

Above link to helpful website dedicated to Castoriadis, including bibliographies and webographies. 

***David Ames Curtis has kindly informed me that this is a scab translation.  Please see above.***

Umberto Eco/Confessions of a Young Novelist (Harvard University Press, 2011)

A peak inside his process...))).  And yeah, I envy his 50,000 books, which are choice I'm sure.

Above link to Umberto Eco's website.

Alphonso Lingis/Violence and Splendor (Northwestern University Press, 2011)

A friend of mine said Lingis is "syrupy."  Well, I wouldn't even say Lingis is sonorous.  But like the other in his books and his travels, Lingis provokes and appeals.  Levinas and Merleau-Ponty and even Klossowski never did this. 

Tiqqun/This Is Not a Program (Semiotext(e), 2011)

I'm liking the Intervention series.  It started out with The Invisible Committee's The Coming Insurrection and has delivered.  Ya don't have to necessarily agree to notice the insights in every book.  Nice book design too I think.

Above link to Tiqqun & Co.

Sigrid Nunez/Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag (Atlas & Co., 2011)

One of my earliest inspirations and still is.  Ya might wanna read it together with recently published Reborn: Journals & Notebooks 1947-1963

Above link to website of Susan Sontag Foundation.

Raoul Vaneigem/The Revolution of Everyday Life (PM Press, 2011)

This edition like the ones from Rebel Press before it may be around about as long as the events of Mai 68, but of course, most prescient.  So grab it and love every moment of it.  Vaneigem isn't as crystalline as Debord, but certain Poesies may complement Maldoror. 

Above links to helpful websites regarding Vaneigem and things Situationist International.

Craig Harbison/Jan van Eyck: The Play of Realism, Second Revised and Expanded Edition (Reaktion Books, 2011)

If you're like me and you didn't jump on the hardcover, or the first edition paperback, here's your chance.  There's lotsa books on Leonardo da Vinci etc, and nothing against that, but a palpable paucity on Jan as well as Hubert van Eyck.  Elizabeth Dhanen's Van Eyck (Alpine Fine Arts, 1981) is a nice one to get.  Northern Renaissance and particularly Flemish masters are underrepresented.  It would be nice to see more fetching tomes like Dirk de Vos' on Hans Memling and Rogier van der Weyden.