Or, the art of the error
On Havelok the Dane, medieval air & the world’s largest wind farm
« We are fucked » vs. « It’s not too late ». The Club of Rome’s Earth for All offers a burst of stubborn optimism. But when does stubborn optimism become cruel optimism?
Forensic Architecture charts state-organized crimes, genocide and other disasters in three dimensions. «Flat maps can’t convey the politics of water and shit.»
« Less is more »? The scale and shape of his body gave the architect Mies van der Rohe an unequaled weight and architectural authority.
Why death? Who or what dies? Philosophers tend not to explain, but to justify. When do such questions become biological questions? Does it help?
On artificial intelligence, murderous elephants & Elizabeth Bishop
On Edda Mussolini & fashionable fascism. Can a woman be dangerous yet powerless?
Dramatic economic inflations have punctuated twentieth-century political history. Is austerity a class strategy?
Write your memoir in a hostile tongue. On Marina Jarre, from Latvia to Italy and back.
A story about romance. « The eve of a suitor’s arrival, bigger than Christmas or birthday, I tell you. »
Floods, hailstorms, plague, fire, children lost on a mountain or trapped for years in a ruined villa. On the stories of Adalbert Stifter.
On the unexpected joys of Denglisch, Berlinglish & global Englisch. « My own language, made camp. »
On the travels of Karl-Markus Gauß, and the unlikely guardians of the dream of Europe.
On the untranslatability of Ukrainian jokes
On Cyril Schäublin’s Unrueh (2022), cinema & scale. « No other film has so resized me. »