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Starf*ckers (We Are the Dollars & Cents) [Apr. 1st, 2009|04:14 pm]
[mood |amusedamused]
[music |Radiohead, "Life In A Glasshouse"]

Available as of today, at a bookstore near you (or, at least, near your web browser...):

...In which you will find my very first published essay, "Why A Rock Band in a Desolate Time?"

Will this help my career? No, not really. Was it therefore a complete waste of time, a cheap way to see my work in print? Not at all! On the contrary, I set out to write my chapter with three goals in mind:

  1. Find a way to give an introduction to Heidegger's thought that was neither superficially trite, nor bogged down in Heideggerian jargon;

  2. Develop my own reading of Heidegger, one that is both defensible as a reading of Heidegger and still manages to do something interesting with his thought;

  3. Give a philosophical account of the omnipresent cultural theme of alienation--in this case, through an engagement with Radiohead's early (pre-Hail to the Thief) career.

To what extent I was successful...I'll let you be the judge. But suffice it to say, I feel I've gotten something out of the experience--and had a lot of fun in the process. This is actually the first of a string of essays I'd like to write about various rock bands and pop groups--including artists ranging from David Bowie to Yellow Magic Orchestra. For the moment, however, it will have to stand alone; even the briefest glance through the essay, after all, will be enough for you to see, this looks nothing like a dissertation...

Keep an eye out for the book, then: Radiohead and Philosophy: Fitter, Happier, More Deductive. You'll find yours truly buried deep in the second half of the book. If you get a chance to flip back and give it a read, I welcome any and all feedback/thoughts/complaints.

From: vanessa_elle
2009-04-02 07:22 pm (UTC)
congratulations! i'm adding this to my to-buy list. funny, i was at Tealuxe on Newbury Street Monday morning and they were playing Pablo Honey...i love that album (not sure that the band itself does).
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[User Picture]From: sodapopinski51
2009-05-03 06:26 am (UTC)
Hey... check out my article ... "Kid A as Musing on the Postmodern Condition"

As far as Business Ethics reading materials... Robert Nozick, John Rawls, Milton Friedman, Michael Walzer, these were the authors I had to use when I was a TA. Isaiah Berlin has some great essays on freedom that we used.
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[User Picture]From: sodapopinski51
2009-05-15 03:46 pm (UTC)
If you want to teach Ethics, I would use Foucault's collection of lectures at the College de France... entitled, "Ethics". It shows real applications of power, and real interventions into oppression, ranging from Psychiatric Power, to Biopolitcs, and Neo-classical liberalism.
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