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The Center of the Universe – Intelligence – The Forge – The Minotaur – The List – and Pure Land, a story, Part Two of Two (The following is a work of satire. The people and events depicted, including those based on real people and events, are all entirely fictional.)

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Last month, I had mentioned the influence of Walter Benjamin; his collected papers are available here. Also, the wartime contributions of some of the other members of the Frankfurt School are detailed in this Foreign Affairs article.

*I found Jedediah Purdy’s account of his personal struggle against the insidiousness of neoliberalism rather familiar.

*In this piece, Eric Foner, historian of American radicalism, offers hope for its future.

*While politics has always been a major interest and concern, especially as it relates to art, lately the one has come to overshadow the other in my daily life. This is obviously the case for many, as, to some extent, it should be. Yet I have always, too, very sincerely believed in the importance of art and literature, particularly during times like these (indeed, it is probably the most common subject of my writing), and I would like to get back to pointing out the work of artists and writers who deserve more attention. With that in mind, please take a look at Joshua Rothes’ new book, An Unspecific Dog, or read an excerpt here (its publishers are on a worthy mission themselves, as noted here by Jonathan Basile). The author also writes experimental criticism at his own site, The New Atomist.

Next issue: March 7th

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