Some More Links

1. Stuart Elden links to a book that I’ll have to get: Trevor Paglen’s Invisible: Covert Operations And Classified Landscapes. Since, when I discuss my coming sovereignty book to general audiences, I use the example of the classified landscapes for discussing the sovereign exception, this will be doubly helpful.

2. Adam Kotsko suggests he might have better luck with teaching Derrida than I have. (Given his influence on my work, it’s strange that I’ve never particularly enjoyed teaching Derrida’s work. Part of that is because the works I would use in specific courses are deeply contextual and thus difficult to simply jump into. It’s also true, of course, that this hasn’t been a problem with advanced students. The work that grabs even lower level students, with many of them walking away wanting to read him much more, is The Animal that Therefore I am, which surprised me, since he doesn’t offer what lower level students usually want: clear answers and a solid conclusion to memorize at the end.)

3. Finally we get the philosophy angle in the massacre in Arizona this weekend: The philosophy teachers of Jared Lee Loughner (I’ve just noticed this: did they just start adding “Lee” to his name? Is that a prerequisite for being an official assassin? That you have to have three names? John Wilkes Boothe, Lee Harvey Oswald, etc…) are interviewed at Slate.

4.Feisal G. Mohamed asks, “Are English Departments Killing the Humanities?”

5. Perhaps not: Michael Bérubé has an article on the fifteenth anniversary of the Sokal hoax.

6. Žižek on Wagner, which is almost redundant. Also, here on whether catastrophes are virtual and here on the Book of Job as the first work of ideological critique.

7. If you’re American, find out your dialect here. (I thought there would be a Long Island dialect all its own, but they split off the Hamptons from the rest of the Island, which in so many ways is as it should be.)

8. Interview with David Macey on Foucault, Fanon, and race.

9. Foucault Studies (10) is out with a special issue on Agamben and Foucault.

10. Keith Parsons calls it quits while saying philosophy of religion is just too littered with fraudulent arguments for theism.

11. Philosopher Zone, by way of the Continental Philosophy Bulletin Board, has a podcast on Nietzsche’s will to power.

12. Another podcast, from October, on Maurice Blanchot and the political featuring Ann Smock, Helen Tartar, and Jean-Michel Rabaté, among others.