Photos, Like Life, Blurred and Re-Envisioned

Originally published in the New York Times Lens Blog on September 24th 2013. This mesmerising collection of photographs from Brian Nice provided me with a sense of haunting melancholia due to the bleak lack of colours and obscurity of the images, engaging the viewer to seek further into the photographs. The lack of focus and illustration forces us to make clearer images out of them … Continue reading Photos, Like Life, Blurred and Re-Envisioned

Existentialism is a Humanism (1946)

A 1946 philosophical work by Jean-Paul Sartre. It is widely considered one of the defining texts of the Existentialist movement. The book is based on a lecture that Sartre gave at Club Maintenant in Paris, on October 29, 1945, which was also called “Existentialism is a Humanism”. In his essay, Sartre asserts that the key defining concept of existentialism is that the existence of a … Continue reading Existentialism is a Humanism (1946)

“A Smudge of Excrement…”

Miles Raymond: Well, the world doesn’t give a shit what I have to say. I’m not necessary. Had. I’m so insignificant I can’t even kill myself. Jack: Miles, what the hell is that supposed to mean? Miles Raymond: Come on, man. You know. Hemingway, Sexton, Plath, Woolf. You can’t kill yourself before you’re even published. Jack: What about the guy who wrote Confederacy of Dunces? … Continue reading “A Smudge of Excrement…”

Microcosmographia Academica

Microcosmographia Academica, “A Study of a Tiny Academic World” in Greek, is a short pamphlet on university politics written by F. M. Cornford and published in 1908. It has acquired a small cult following as a pessimistic view of academic politics presented in a readable and lively style, and is best known for its discussion of such things as “The Thin End of the Wedge” … Continue reading Microcosmographia Academica