Category Archives: Philosophy

“Greek Democracy in Crisis or Stasis”

“The decade of the Greek 2010s may be understood in two very different ways, both of them based on Leftist views of the explosive December of 2008: Either in terms of a biopolitical crisis whose victims need the government΄s pastoral … Continue reading

Posted in Autonomy, Crisis, Culture, Friends, Greek Literature, Greek Poetry, Left, Melancholy, Revolt, The Common

“Η ελληνική ποιητική γενιά του 2000”: Mιά συνέντευξή μου στη ‘Βαβυλωνία’

“Αντί η ποιητική γενιά του 2000 να πενθήσει τη χαμένη επανάσταση, προτίμησε να μείνει πιστή στο αριστερό πρόταγμα της αυτονομίας και στην ιστορική ρήξη της εξέγερσης.  Έτσι καλλιέργησε μια ριζοσπαστικοποίηση του στίχου προς αναρχίζουσες κατευθύνσεις.  Οι καινούργιοι ποιητές απορρίπτουν την … Continue reading

Posted in Collaboration, Crisis, Culture, Greek Poetry, Left, Melancholy, The Common | Tagged

The tragedy of revolution is that liberation conspires with terror.

A link to my scholarly project The Tragedy of Revolution: “A tragic understanding admits that revolution is subject to counter-revolution, that liberation is risking oppression.”

Posted in Melancholy, Philosophy, Revolution

Schubert as a Byronic hero

Every time I start listening to Schubert’s Quartet No. 14, “Death and the Maiden” (1824), its opening fortissimo octaves stop me on my tracks: Did I really just hear that? And that is only the start! The tremendous, relentless contrasts … Continue reading

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Pirandello’s “Enrico IV,” a tragedy of refusal

Luigi Pirandello’s tragedy, Enrico IV (1922), is a great post-modern Hamlet. I discuss its politics of refusal in terms of melancholic disengagement and destituent power in a chapter of my book-length scholarly project on the self-destruction of revolution since Romantic theater.

Posted in Disengagement, Melancholy, The Arts | Tagged

The messianic critique of tragedy*

The rejection of the covenant of assimilation by twentieth-century Messianism was an integral part of the pre-1914 pan-European critique of modernity and “romantic anti-capitalism” (Lukács). “In the years approaching the First World War, the self-confidence and security of German Jewry … Continue reading

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Three years of blogging about listening to music and poetry

Trifonov walks swiftly on the stage, bows to us, his audience, sits down, touches the piano … and Pantelis starts to play: I can hear immediately his distinct touch on the keys. This is how our friendship works.  Today, 3 … Continue reading

Posted in Attunement, Friends, Listening