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Clare O’Farrell’s blog on books, TV, films, Michel Foucault, universities etc. etc.

Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil by Alain Badiou Alain Badiou, Ethics: An Essay on the Understanding of Evil. Trans. and intro. Peter Hallward. London: Verso. I will say from the outset that I found this book opaque in its argumentation and fundamentally alien to my own philosophical stance. Thus I am happy …

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Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion by Alain de Botton My rating: 4 of 5 stars [Secular society] expects that we will spontaneously find our way to the ideas that matter to us and give us weekends off for consumption and recreation. Like science, it privileges discovery. It associates repetition …

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Cult TV: The Essential Critical Guide by Jon E. Lewis My rating: **** Jon E. Lewis, Cult TV: The Essential Critical Guide, Pavilion Books, 1994. I noticed a few months ago that Google appears to have acquired Goodreads, a social networking and book cataloguing site to which I subscribe. At least that is my explanation …

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The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron My rating: ** Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam; 2nd Edition, 2002. This book is an international best seller and often referred to in discussions on writers’ process, with many fiction writers claiming it has …

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Strong Spoilers. Please note that this discussion will probably only make sense if you are familiar with all the Harry Potter books and films. WARNING: DO NOT READ, if you don’t want to know what happens in the film before seeing it. My rating: **** Imdb link With this action packed and very watchable film, …

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Quentin Meillassoux, After Finitude: An essay on the necessity of contingency. Trans. Ray Brassier. London: Continuum, 2008 After Finitude by Quentin Meillassoux This book written by a young French philosopher has been taken up with great enthusiasm by a small group of English language philosophers -notably Graham Harman, Iain Hamilton Grant and Ray Brassier members …

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