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"Tao Lin has not described malaise at all, he has only kitschified it." In a guest post, Thomas Bernhard reviews Tao Lin's Taipei.

Tao Lin: the Old Master

“Tao Lin has not described malaise at all, he has only kitschified it.” In a guest post, Thomas Bernhard reviews Tao Lin’s Taipei.

Jul, 05 · in Miscellania
Miklós Szentkuthy extemporizes on Casanova to create a book suspended between the intellectual realm and lived experience.

Miklós Szentkuthy’s Marginalia on Casanova

Miklós Szentkuthy extemporizes on Casanova to create a book suspended between the intellectual realm and lived experience.

May, 29 · in Essays
Richard Biernacki exposes fatally sloppy sociology, covered up with fake science. Are quantitative methods hopelessly compromised in social science?

Is Social Science a Joke?

Richard Biernacki exposes fatally sloppy sociology, covered up with fake science. Are quantitative methods hopelessly compromised in social science?

May, 09
Austrian writer/painter Mela Hartwig's short novel from 1931 portrays a misfit who is at once self-loathing yet keenly arrogant.

Am I a Redundant Human Being?

Austrian writer/painter Mela Hartwig’s short novel from 1931 portrays a misfit who is at once self-loathing yet keenly arrogant.

Apr, 07
Portnoy's Complaint no longer resonates. It has become a snapshot of a culture that emancipated its scions from itself.

Portnoy’s Obsolete Complaint

Portnoy’s Complaint no longer resonates. It has become a snapshot of a culture that emancipated its scions from itself.

Mar, 13
A brief history of (Greek) Time. How Time-Chronos and Titan-Kronos have been confused from the very beginning. Time the Winged Serpent, Time the Melancholy Saturn, Time the Destroyer.

Father Time: Chronos and Kronos

A brief history of (Greek) Time. How Time-Chronos and Titan-Kronos have been confused from the very beginning. Time the Winged Serpent, Time the Melancholy Saturn, Time the Destroyer.

Feb, 13
Genese Grill's study of The Man Without Qualities provides a guide through the mystical "Other Condition" in the elusive latter portions of Robert Musil's modernist novel.

The World as Metaphor in Musil’s The Man Without Qualities

Genese Grill’s study of The Man Without Qualities provides a guide through the mystical “Other Condition” in the elusive latter portions of Robert Musil’s modernist novel.

Jan, 30





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—Masayuki Takayanagi