I recently interviewed the philosopher Simon Critchely on his new book, (co-written with his wife and psychoanalyst Jamieson Webster) entitled, The Hamlet Doctrine: Knowing Too Much, Doing Nothing for the online magazine Berfrois. There's a lot this book opens up not only for Shakespeare studies, but also for psychoanalysis. The idea that mosts interests me in … Continue reading From Shame to Love: The Politics of Hamlet. Interview with Simon Critchley
Norman Mailer once said that at a certain age, we all have the face we deserve. The face doesn't lie. The face is universal. We wear a face, it doesn't wear us. The distinction is crucial. In Deleuze and Guattari's work on the face in A Thousand Plateaus, entitled, Year Zero: Faciality, we find a … Continue reading What’s a Face? Why Dismantle It?
Simon Critchley’s text on ethics and politics, Infinitely Demanding addresses the drift of nihilism that has overcome our contemporary conception of the political. Nihilism in this case is how we experience our societies as externally compulsory, but not internally compelling. In many ways Critcley's real asset is in bringing philosophy into a concrete relationship to … Continue reading Fulfilling the Traumatic Demand: Review of Critchley’s Ethics