Henrik was in debt. Not crushing or ruinous or inescapable debt, the kind that makes you ignore letters in your mailbox and private incomings on your mobile. Just irritating debt. In June, he had taken a five-week trip to New York, where he had spent money like a 33-year-old gay man who hadn’t bought new clothes in two years—which he was. He left his home in Copenhagen with one suitcase and came back with two.“I needed an auxiliary,” he told his friends, “just for the shoes.” A month before the trip, he had remodelled his kitchen. This decision was about as prudent as a suitcase full of shoes, but whatever. At least he could finally cook properly.
The great expectation of the Sexual Revolution was that a casting-off of norms, taboos, virtues, vices and washed-out traditions would lead to a growth, an increase in sexual experience, a loosening of the reins and an opening-up of what had hitherto been the object of penning, rigor and control. This was the common myth of proponent and opponent alike. For those who supported its trends, the garden of sexuality would blossom from its cages and austere beds and usher in an age of exciting possibilities. For those opposed, it would become wild, unkempt, and rank. The attitude differed, but the hypothesis was the same – an end to a Christian sexual ethic would result in growth free from control.
Stuart Ewen, social historian
Interview by Blaž Kosovel
Stuart Ewen (1945) is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies at Hunter College and in the Ph.D. programs of History, Sociology and American Studies at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York (CUNY).
He is researching the history of media, consumerism, propaganda, PR and visual culture, many times leading the way in it. He is generally considered one of the originators of the field of Media Studies, and his writing continue to shape debates the field.
His book PR! – The Social History of Spin (1996) is the first book ever about the history of PR and was also the foundation for the popular four-part BBC series The Century of the Self (Adam Curtis, 2002).
A week before the conclusion of the summer program, the school hired a new teacher. One particularly vocal student had resolved to learn French—and to learn it quickly—so the Director of Academic Programs responded, shipping in a teacher for what ought to have been three private lessons. Upon the arrival of that teacher, a charming but inexperienced twenty-two-year-old, the student cancelled her lessons, resolving that her time would be better spent mastering golf. My new colleague spent her week lounging beside the hotel pool.
Das Übermenschliche ist das Menschliche.
Was hat Nietzsche zuletzt geistig bewegt? Hat er es niedergeschrieben? – Ist es sein „Indem ich dich vernichte Hohenzollern, vernichte ich die Lüge“, mit dem Giorgio Colli und Mazzino Montinari die Edition der nachgelassenen Fragmente abschließen, oder das anrührende „Sie können von diesem Brief jeden Gebrauch machen, der mich in der Achtung der Basler nicht heruntersetzt“, aus dem letzten Brief an Jacob Burckhardt vom 6. Januar 1889, oder gar seine Klage über ein großes Unglück, das über ihn gekommen sei, vom März 1889 aus Jena, Station Männer II der Binswangerklinik, irrigerweise sein ‚Testament’ genannt … ?
Under the aegis of Lisbon
Coming next May, the second largest democracy in the world (India is the first) is going to call its 400 million citizens to the poles and elect the 751 representatives that will reconfigure the European Parliament. Dully distributed by 28 countries, these parliamentarians, organized according to their political families as in any other national Parliament, will then electorally rectify the designated candidate to the role of President of the European Commission (and the team of Commissionaires). This means that the next European Parliament, acting fully under the new rules of the Lisbon Treaty, will be directly responsible to legitimate Barroso’s successor, and that for the first time a pan-European political analysis of the incoming elections will be crucial in defining our collective future.
È sempre più difficile, al giorno d’oggi, comprendere i motivi che portano un film al successo e alla consacrazione, e ancor più arduo è prevedere se una pellicola rimarrà nella storia del cinema o, lentamente, cadrà nel dimenticatoio. Ciò è valido, a maggior ragione, per l’anno 2013, in cui nemmeno gli Oscars (andati in scena ad inizio marzo) sono stati in grado di decretare un vero e proprio vincitore: i riconoscimenti più importanti (miglior film, miglior cast, miglior sceneggiatura…), infatti, sono stati distruibuiti tra una mezza dozzina di pellicole, mentre l’opera che si è aggiudicata più statuette (Gravity, il thriller del messicano Cuarón ambientato nell’ISS) ha fatto, più che altro, incetta di premi prettamente “tecnici”.
The setting: Russia intoxicated by dreams of imperial expansion engaging in a conflict against a community of European states. Location: Crimea. It happened 151 years ago. The utter defeat of Russian armies in the war ended the status of the Russian Empire as Europe’s greatest continental superpower, held since the end of Napoleonic Wars. While we may speculate how the current Crimean crisis will work out, it is quite certain that Russia would pay a significant price for the occupation of Crimea. The question on everyone’s lips is – “why?”