Category Archives: A Shoe Story – my next book

On a Film by Bela Tarr

Nietzsche sounded as if he would have a walk-on part in The Turin Horse (2011) by the Hungarian director Bela Tarr but this slow-mover is a mediation on more than that famous moment in a Turin street when Nietzsche about … Continue reading

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The Enlightenment and its Misfortunes

The Enlightenment is both a concept in the history of philosophy and a historical period in the foundation of Western modernity. It has many versions and several nationalities. What follows is one interpretation and in a sense one moral intervention, … Continue reading

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Van Gogh and The Joy of Living

Remember Van Gogh’s 1885 painting Still-life with Bible? Here it is, number 117 in De la Faille’s catalogue. You can see the original in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. The Bible though it glows with authority is illegible. You … Continue reading

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