Category: Books

Five Fall Books I Can’t Wait to Read

Five Fall Books I Can’t Wait to Read

Now’s the time when I start to get really excited for the publishers’ slates of fall releases. My predictable line of thinking is: Rational self:  Just wait until November, you know this book is going...

Alain de Botton. Photo by Chris Boland www.chrisboland.com

Alain de Botton on Imagined Communities

“It is so hard to get to know a nation.  Even the smallest countries have so many people in them that no individual could hope to meet up with more than a fraction of...

Bataille, Hyde, and Burning Man: Some Thoughts on Gift Economies

Bataille, Hyde, and Burning Man: Some Thoughts on Gift Economies

From the point of view of expenditure, artistic productions must be divided into two main categories, the first constituted by architectural construction, music and dance.  This category is comprised of real expenditures.  Nevertheless, sculpture...