Archive for January, 2013

Globalization of obscurantist philosophy

I have written several relevant entries both on this blog and on my Reason & Society blog. The most generic keywords to search on are ‘globalization’, ‘ethnophilosophy’, ‘postmodernism’, and ‘liberalism’ or ‘neoliberalism’ where such keywords are used. But any post on non-western philosophy is likely to be relevant, the most numerous being ‘Asian philosophy’ or […]

Boris Karloff recites William Blake

Written February 24, 2011 at 6:41 am Thanks to media technology, I am now able to revisit television series I watched a half century ago when I was too young to know anything. Case in point, THRILLER with host Boris Karloff. Karloff introduces The Terror in Teakwood (16 May 1961) with especially menacing melodrama. He starts off […]

Jerome McGann on Blake, Adorno, Poetry & Knowledge

Written May 14, 2011 at 10:08 pm McGann, Jerome J. Towards a Literature of Knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989. Several years ago I collected a number of books by Jerome McGann, beginning with The Romantic Ideology. I put his Towards a Literature of Knowledge on my want list, but my attention turned elsewhere. I finally got hold […]

John Coltrane on the edge of the culture industry

Written June 4, 2011 at 9:00 am Thinking about how Coltrane is poised on the very edge of acceptability & could fall on either side of it. Pre-1965 Coltrane, of course, since his last phase is too threatening to the mainstream to be assimilable. Wynton Marsalis could not deny Coltrane as he denies everything following […]