Reading Life: Books for the Ages by Sven Birkerts

By Sven Birkerts

A brand new, compelling number of essays by means of Sven Birkerts, "one of America's such a lot exotic, eloquent servants of the poetry and fiction that matter" (Susan Sontag)

Reading, the mind's site visitors in symptoms and signifiers, is the main dynamic, changeful, and probably transformational act we will think. To have learn a piece and feature been strongly tormented by it--and then back to it after many years--can be a foundation-shaking enterprise.

In interpreting existence, virtuoso critic and essayist Sven Birkerts examines what it potential to come back to resonant works of fiction--the books one thinks of "covetously, as inner most properties," the "personal signposts" of one's internal lifestyles. For Birkerts, those comprise The Catcher within the Rye, Humboldt's reward, To the Lighthouse, and Lolita. In twelve far-reaching and intimate essays, Birkerts displays upon his first readings and what later encounters exhibit approximately time, reminiscence, and the murmuring transistors of selfhood.

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What was so special about Conceptualist practices? To answer this question we would have to reconstruct the mindset of a practicing revolutionary and Marxist thinker with respect to the practices of contemporary art. Conceptualism was built around the analysis of the conditions of art production, the analysis of the medium that serves as the vehicle for artistic utterance, and consequently presupposed the examination of objective material relations underlying all forms of the aesthetic experience.

Lenin called dialectical materialism the backbone of Marxist method. e. analysis of social relations, which form the necessary materialist basis of the dialectic development of history. Accordingly, the materialist dialectic of Marx was a distinct form of logic, different from formal logic: it was the logic of human reasoning that allowed one to analyze the historical development and formation of various social forms as a result of interactions within the framework of materialist industrial relations.

See Boris Groys, “Politics of Installation,” e-flux journal no. 2 (January 2009). 21. See Arseny Zhilyaev, “Conceptual Realism: The Vulgar Freedom of Avant-Garde Museum Work,” e-flux journal no. 60 (December 2014). Introduction 53 Avant-garde Museology * * * As we know, no such journal and no such term ever existed. Avant-garde museology is a paradox, made up of seemingly contradictory, mutually exclusive principles. Indeed, generally speaking, the avant-garde presupposes art’s transcendence of its institutional boundaries, which are typically understood to be the museum.

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