How to Stop Living and Start Worrying — Simon Critchley

Simon Critchley’s latest book How to Stop Living and Start Worrying picks up where his last work, The Book of Dead Philosophers, left off. Both works explore what Critchley contends to be the signal problem of all philosophy; namely, how one might live a meaningful life against the backdrop of inevitable death. In Dead Philosophers, Critchley plumbed… Continue reading How to Stop Living and Start Worrying — Simon Critchley

Simon Critchley on Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line

In his new book, How to Stop Living and Start Worrying, Simon Critchley talks about death in Terrence Malick’s film The Thin Red Line (you can read Critchley’s earlier essay “Calm — On Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line” here)— So, the hero of The Thin Red Line is this character Witt. And we meet him… Continue reading Simon Critchley on Terrence Malick’s The Thin Red Line

The Book of Dead Philosophers — Simon Critchley

A cursory glance at Simon Critchley’s skinny new work, The Book of Dead Philosophers, might lead one to misjudge the book as an ephemeral, superfluous, and even downright jokey sort of “Philosophy for Dummies.” That would be a mistake. While The Book of Dead Philosophers does aim for a broad, popular appeal, Critchley’s wily cataloging… Continue reading The Book of Dead Philosophers — Simon Critchley

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Despair/Food (Books Acquired 6.08.2012)

 Dead Man Working is the latest from Carl Cederström (whose discussions with Simon Critchley became How to Stop Living and Start Worrying) and Peter Fleming. The book explores the existential despair of workers in our post-capitalist age. (It’s funnier than that description might suggest). Publisher Zer0’s blurb: Capitalism has become strange. Ironically, while the ‘age of work’ seems… Continue reading Despair/Food (Books Acquired 6.08.2012)

“Death in the Comic Tradition” — Tom McCarthy on Heroism and Authenticity

A passage from Simon Critchley’s new collection of interviews and meditations, How to Stop Living and Start Worrying in which author Tom McCarthy (Critchley’s partner in the International Necronautical Society) talks about the question of an authentic, heroic self— . . . in the heroic tradition in literature, which pits the self against death in a… Continue reading “Death in the Comic Tradition” — Tom McCarthy on Heroism and Authenticity

“Declaration on the Notion of ‘The Future'” — The International Necronautical Society

At The Believer, you can read the entirety of “Declaration on the Notion of ‘The Future’” by The International Necronautical Society (aka Simon Critchley and Tom McCarthy (although we’re pretty sure that the essay’s authorization code TMcC010910 indicates that McCarthy is its author)). Playful and provocative stuff. A sample– 5. The INS rejects the Enlightenment’s version… Continue reading “Declaration on the Notion of ‘The Future'” — The International Necronautical Society