Category Archives: Paris

“You Are Sometimes in the Trance of What Is Beyond You”: Upheaval, Incantation and Ed Dorn in the Summer of 1968

“I. Love in the Time of Barricade:  When the radical students at the University of Essex, in Colchester, England, voted to dismantle the structures of established power at their university in May 1968, they took up a continental, if not … Continue reading

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Mythologies – Roland Barthes (1957)

“Mythologies is a 1957 book by Roland Barthes. It is a collection of essays taken from Les Lettres nouvelles, examining the tendency of contemporary social value systems to create modern myths. Barthes also looks at the semiology of the process … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Company, Paris – A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart

“This first-ever history of the legendary bohemian bookstore in Paris interweaves essays and poetry from dozens of writers associated with the shop–Allen Ginsberg, Anaïs Nin, Ethan Hawke, Robert Stone and Jeanette Winterson, among others–with hundreds of never-before-seen archival pieces, including … Continue reading

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Salut les Cubains – Agnès Varda (1964)

“Agnès Varda’s pictures of Cuba had been sitting untouched in boxes since the mid-1960s. The images – of female bodies in form-fitting silhouettes, and men harvesting in cane fields – ‘were never meant to be shown,’ says the grande dame … Continue reading

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How did Situationism Influence Art History?

“It is rare for an art movement to be completely original. The go forward meanings of avant-garde do not mean that its movements are a tabula rasa and this is certainly true for Situationism. Spurred by many previous concepts, this … Continue reading

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Gruppe SPUR

1957: German painters Heimrad Prem, Helmut Sturm, and Hans-Peter Zimmer and the sculptor Lothar Fischer “Gruppe SPUR was an artistic collaboration formed by the German painters Heimrad Prem, Helmut Sturm and Hans-Peter Zimmer and the sculptor Lothar Fischer in 1957. … Continue reading

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Writing and Difference – Jacques Derrida (1967)

“‘Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences’ (French: La structure, le signe et le jeu dans le discours des sciences humaines) was a lecture presented at Johns Hopkins University on 21 October 1966 by philosopher Jacques … Continue reading

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R. Crumb Illustrates Jean-Paul Sartre’s Nausea: Existentialism Meets Underground Comics

“Sartre’s novel Nausea introduced his philosophical view as a form of illness to a WWII readership. ‘Nausea is existence revealing itself—and experience is not pleasant to see,’ he wrote in his own summary of his first book, published in 1938. The … Continue reading

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International Times Archives – Voice of the British underground

“The International Times, or IT as it was known, was an underground newspaper launched in London in 1966 with a gig headlined by Pink Floyd. Founded by John Hoppy Hopkins, Barry Miles, Jim Haynes, playwright Tom McGrath and others, IT … Continue reading

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Life is Absurd! Exploring Albert Camus’ Rebellious Philosophy

“What is the absurd? For Algerian French existential writer Albert Camus, our desire for meaning in a meaningless universe arises in the absurd. In this article, we explore Camus’ philosophy of the absurd through a re-envisioned account of the Greek … Continue reading

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