...Thus, while Hans Robert Jauss (1970: 28) writes that “things which occur at the same time are not really simultaneous,” this essay argues for the simultaneity of things that occur at different times. In fact, it proposes multiple simultaneous temporalities as a constitutive feature of global modernism.
Feeling the Spirits of San Agustín: On the Belatedness of Latin America
We too find ourselves in a modernidad tardía. That is what my audience reported to me at the Universidad del Rosario in Bogota where I had come to present a series of seminars on Greek culture through the support of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.
The Long Now
In my first post on Arcade I’d like to respond to the important questions about time that Lee raises in his introduction to the contemporary novel colloquy.
Q: "What, after all, does a serious artist get out of being famous other than money and distraction?" A: Trips to Dubai
Terry Teachout's love of theater, his leisurely pacing, and his old-fashioned-ish musical tastes sometimes leave me with the impression that he's a bit out-of-step with contemporary culture. But then he contributes a column that's so on it snaps into focus just how with it he is, how much he understands the pulse of contemporary life.
Against Narratives III. Or a Certain Kind of Narrative
A recent talk by my colleague Joshua Landy on "Still Life in a Narrative Age: Charlie Kaufman's Adaptation," and the comments on my most recent blog "Against Narrative" made me cruelly aware of a divide between on the one hand the perception of what Josh and myself see as the creeping dominance of narrative models to think about life, but also, by extension, to experience it.