Category Archive: politics

READS OF THE YEAR 2014: Tom White

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Richard Seymour, Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made (2014) An angry yet clear-sighted analysis of austerity: what it really means, how it works, and, most importantly, who it benefits. Refusing… Continue reading

“NO MORE WORDS”: Pat Barker’s “Regeneration” on stage in Edinburgh

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Regeneration by Pat Barker, adapted for the stage by Nicholas Wright, a Touring Consortium Theatre Company and Royal & Derngate, Northampton Co-Production. Voices of War, poetry reading in association with the Scottish Poetry… Continue reading

LATIN AMERICA’s OTHER BITE

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by Jessica Sequeira After FIFA suspended Uruguayan footballer Luis Suárez for “biting” Italian player Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder during the World Cup, fans around the world raised questions about commissions and kickbacks. Symbolically, at least, they may… Continue reading

JUST A GAME: THE FOOTBALL CRÓNICAS, edited by Jethro Soutar and Tim Girven

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The Football Crónicas, edited by Jethro Soutar and Tim Girven (Ragpicker Press, 2014) Artwork by Ernesto Muñiz, used with permission of the publisher. by Rebecca DeWald and Mark West Rebecca: Knowing that I… Continue reading

HOMECOMING & EXILE: CHARLES BAMBACH THINKS THE POETIC MEASURE OF JUSTICE

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Charles Bambach Thinking the Poetic Measure of Justice: Hölderlin-Heidegger-Celan (SUNY press, 2013) by Tom Betteridge This volume is the latest in SUNY’s Contemporary Continental Philosophy series to address the legacy of Martin Heidegger’s notorious… Continue reading

A CURIOSITY BEYOND THE IMMEDIATE: Miha Mazzini’s Crumbs

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Miha Mazzini Crumbs, translated by Maja Visenjak-Limon (Freight, 2014) by Emilie Anderson Crumbs is the best-selling novel in what is now known as Slovenia, published just before the country’s independence from Yugoslavia almost 25 years… Continue reading

MAKING OUR DREAMS COME TRUE: JAMES FOLEY AND PETE RAMAND’S YES: THE RADICAL CASE FOR SCOTTISH INDEPENDENCE

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James Foley and Pete Ramand Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence (Pluto Press, 2014) by Tom Coles  1. Radical Skepticism A couple of weeks ago this reviewer attended the Glasgow Skeptics‘ discussion on Scottish Independence,… Continue reading

CORPOREALITY IN THE CLASSROOM: A Review of L.O. Aranye Fradenburg’s “Staying Alive”; or, Put That in Your MOOC and Smoke It

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This piece continues a conversation between the Glasgow Review of Books and Punctum Books about the possibilities and problems for scholarship in the current intellectual, cultural and economic climate in both the US and UK,… Continue reading

“YOU’RE NOT DONE IN IF YOU’RE STILL DREAMING”: At the Salon de la Revue, the DIY antidote to the corporate bookfair

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   by Andrew Rubens Vincent Rougier, artist and editor, is perched behind his stall. Still wearing red scarf and Indiana Jones fedora in the slightly chilly hall, he is conversing with friends and… Continue reading

THE FIRST INDY-REF NOVEL?: Craig Smith’s The Mile

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Craig Smith The Mile (Pilrig Press, 2013) by Karyn Dougan A nationalist, a unionist and a couldnae-care-lesser walk into a pub. Ian, Euan and Stuart are on a lad’s night out, eager to catch… Continue reading