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The Agonies of George Steiner

George Steiner, literary critic and polymath, has died aged 90. The problem Steiner he faced professionally in Britain and America, and particularly in English academia, was that his enormous breath of knowledge seemed somehow bogus. He achieved grudging recognition on … Continue reading

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Letter to Nietzsche

The letter below was commissioned as part of an initiative this year to mark 175 years since the writer and philosopher, classicist and composer Friedrich Nietzsche was born in Röcken, in the German province of Saxony. The editors, Elmar Schenkel … Continue reading

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The End of the Gift of Language?

In November 2010 one of this country’s subtlest interpreters of French thought gave a lecture in the capital on Aristotle and his critics. Geoffrey Bennington’s rare London appearance was billed ‘Political Animals…’ but his actual topic was The Death of … Continue reading

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Food Saw the Future Eighty Years Ago

Filippo Tommaso Marinetti’s take on modern food was astonishingly prescient in 1932. He came to it late, after the pioneering Futurist manifestos on art and music two decades earlier, but the thrust was the same: to infuse life with art, … Continue reading

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Other problems with the press

When the French philosopher Jacques Derrida said everything was language and therefore ‘there is no outside the text’ he was only stating the obvious: that politics and society are so highly encoded that what we exchange every day are signs, … Continue reading

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