Our holiday blitz, like the Luftwaffe over London (a bending of the beams!), continues with today’s DOUBLE GIVEAWAY. The gift that keeps on giving for the holidays? Photojournalism. Follow UChicagoPress on Tumblr and you’ll be entered in our drawing to win copies of both Susie Linfield’s The Cruel Radiance and David Garrard Lowe’s Lost Chicago.
Los Angeles Times on The Cruel Radiance:
“A smart, very readable dismantling of postmodern criticism’s confusion over the power of photojournalism.”
New York Times Book Review on Lost Chicago:
“Lost Chicago is more than just another coffee table gift, more than merely a history of the city’s architecture; it is a history of the whole city as a cultural creation.”
From David Ulin’s “E-books are good news for the literary world,” in today’s Los Angeles Times : :
“For a long time, I’ve regarded Twitter as the ultimate expression of our shared distraction, a virtual game of telephone in which the chatter is by its nature reductive, stripped of complexity, nuance, all those subtle shades of gray.”
More about The Deep:
“Bizarre species from as far down as four and half miles are shown in remarkable detail, their tentacles lashing, eyes bulging, lights flashing. The eerie translucence of many of the gelatinous creatures seems to defy common sense. They seem to be living water. On page after page, it is as if aliens had descended from another world to amaze and delight. A small octopus looks like a child’s squeeze toy. A seadevil looks like something out of a bad dream. A Ping-Pong tree sponge rivals artwork that might be seen in an upscale gallery. Interspersed among 220 color photographs are essays by some of the world’s top experts on deep-sea life that reflect on what lies beneath.”—William Broad, New York Times
We’ll continue to raffle off our wares through the new year, including a brand new Chicago Manual of Style, Sixteenth Edition; The Book of Leaves; Susie Linfield’s The Cruel Radiance, and more!
This offer brought to you in association with the Chicago Manual of Style, our esteemed distributed client presses, and Jacqueline Bisset
Left: Alexis Granowsky, The Song of Life, 1931, black-and-white film in 35 mm, 71 minutes. Right: Reinhold Schünzel, Viktor und Viktoria, 1933, black-and-white film in 35 mm, 100 minutes. (via http://artforum.com)
From Artforum’s write-up of MOMA’s “Weimar Cinema, 1919–1933: Daydreams and Nightmares” (running through mid-March). Might we politely plug In the Shadow of the Magic Mountain: The Erika and Klaus Mann Story by Andrea Weiss? Excerpt here. I kind of couldn’t believe how moved I was by this bio when I read it on a snowy trainride through the midwest to my parents’ home two years ago. If you’re fascinated by the Weimar Republic, the history of film and performance art, the Mann family, W. H. Auden, European roadsters, et al., then this book is probably for you. No marketing speak, here. Just admiration for a pretty remarkable set of lives.
Hit the coffeepot with Slavoj Žižek at the In These Times website. In “Barbarism with a Human Face,” Z tackles the wave of recent protests across Europe in response to the recent expulsion of illegal Roma from France. The themes he touches upon here—the “toxic subject” and the foreign neighbor—are part of a much larger ethical inquiry he makes in The Neighbor: Three Inquiries in Political Theology (coauthored with Eric L. Santner and Kenneth Reinhard), which we’ll politely plug here. Powerful stuff.
A challenge to Levinas? Coffee. Robert Brasillach? Coffee. Three of the most significant intellectuals working in psychoanalysis and critical theory collaborating?
from the New York Times article on the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Art’s open letter to the Smithsonian threatening to cease its financial support ($100,000) in light of the Hide/Seek exhibition curators’ decision to take down David Wojnarowicz’s “A Fire in My Belly.”