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Glancing at the media coverage of the 96th Academy Awards ceremony, which took place March 9 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, one cannot help but be struck by the lack of attention to what actually happened throughout the evening. The broadcast was delayed by a few minutes due to protests by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2024 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
The special issue of Art & The Public Sphere that I guest edited is now available in print. Essays include: Marc James Léger, "Editorial Introduction: The struggle before us"; Alain Badiou, "From the modern to the contemporary: Art, or the possibility of the impossible"; John Roberts, "Real subsumption, cultural insurgence... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2024 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
In his book, The Ticklish Subject: The Absent Centre of Political Ontology, Slavoj Žižek famously contrasted the subjective constitution of a fool and a knave. A fool is a simpleton or joker who is allowed to tell the truth because the sociopolitical efficacy of their speech is suspended – like... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2024 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
I have already written on this blog, in “Dark Academia, CRAPHEAD and Khoury Review,” how my book Bernie Bros Gone Woke contained an error that Elias Khoury did not fail to mention in a sensationalistic review for the International Journal of Žižek Studies that is replete with disingenuous criticism unworthy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2024 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
This lecture series examines the legacy of Lenin, the leader of the October Revolution, among contemporary leftists, social democrats, post-Marxists, postmodernists, etc. After three lectures, there have been participants in the chat seeking to steer the conversation in the direction of identity politics. Some of this has been for the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2024 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
The day after my January 17 Blog of Public Secrets posting, “This Guy for President,” Lee Camp made a few interesting and revealing statements on his ‘Dangerous Ideas with Lee Camp’ YouTube programme.1 These bring to light confusion on the contemporary left concerning what socialism is and what it isn’t.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2024 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
The American comedian Lee Camp – the most censored comedian-journalist in North America – revealed on his YouTube channel on January 16 who will be the next President of the United States. Camp mentions that U.S. presidential elections last for most of an entire presidential term, which differs from most... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2024 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
Vagrich Bakhchanyan, Stalin Face, 1981. Stamped cardboard. Kolodzei Art Foundation Two recent articles bring to light theoretical tensions in left-wing criticism of identity politics: Zine Magubane’s review of Kenan Malik’s Not So Black and White, and an interview with Gabriel Rockhill in Monthly Review.1 Each article has its particular realm... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2024 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
It’s time again for film and music critics’ end of the year lists, which give everyone a chance to catch up on the highlights of mainstream culture as well as significant contributions that may have slipped through the cracks. With the slogan fin du monde, fin du mois, même combat,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2023 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, JOE BIDEN, RISHI SUNAK, EMMANUEL MACRON, OLAF SCHOLZ, JUSTIN TRUDEAU, GIORGIA MELONI, ANTHONY ALBANESE and other NATO leaders are war criminals who should be brought before the International Criminal Court for genocidal war crimes against Palestinian citizens. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2023 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
October 9, 2023 Dear Rachel Bendayan and Ruba Ghazal, As the federal and provincial representatives of my riding, I am writing to you to insist that you work to uphold international and human rights laws, and condemn the Netanyahu government's declaration of war against the Palestinians of Gaza. This means... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2023 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
Glenn Greenwald, a free speech crusader with oscillating political commitments, made an appearance on The Megyn Kelly Show on August 31, offering his wisdom to the right-wing host concerning the disagreement between Cornel West and Bernie Sanders on West’s decision to run for President of the United States on a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2023 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
Posted Jul 16, 2023 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS
The concept of dark academia is conceived as an aesthetic, or subcultural phenomenon, with the usual Emily the Strange black outfit and white collar fashions or jackets with elbow patches, like the ironic photo that David Byrne took of himself for the dust jacket of Bicycle Diaries. Having a well-stocked... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2023 at BLOG OF PUBLIC SECRETS