Sunday, January 16, 2005

LRB Vol 27,2 Jan 20th 2005

Two pieces of immediate interest in the latest London Review of Books(but sadly neither with complete web access for non-subscribers):

Jonathan Ree (sorry haven't worked out how to do accents in Blog) reviews Ronald Aronson's book on Camus and Sartre: The Story of a Friendship and the Quarrel that Ended It. Remembering Ben Watson's use of imagery around Camus (The Cure's 'Killing an Arab', see my account posted on Dec 17th 2004) in his Radical Philosophy assault on all things Sartre, this is a useful reminder of the differences in politics and philosophy between those two great icons of my youth, when getting The Outsider, The Plague and even The Fall (but not the tediously rubbish The Rebel) read was as important as Roads to Freedom and Nausea. I'm still with Sartre. Aronson himself is an interesting writer - going back to New Left involvement with Studies on the Left in the late '60s, a book about the Holocaust (Dialectics of Disaster) from 1980 and After Marxism (1994) up to a contemporary ethical opposition to the actuality of the 'war on terror'.

Further Reading
Ronald Aronson's academic website contains lots of interesting things by him, including a selection of reviews of this book. There is another review in the ineffably right-wing Commentary by one Algis Valiunis.

The other piece is a Diary entry by Christian Parenti about the boom in opium production in Afghanistan nowadays. Parenti's book about Iraq, The Freedom, sounds very interesting, and by all accounts his contribution to the Iraq Occupation Focus event in December was very good. See the interview with Workers Liberty for a bit more.


Blogger badmatthew said...

And there is a very interesting interview with Parenti from Doug Henwood's weekly radio show, broadcast last November, but still relevant. Christian talks about the elections in Afghanistan, starting by saying that they were more free and open than the American one... and also Iraq, where he is clear that the "war is over, the US has lost, it will hang on... but it is over."
And the basic reason is that the US treated like the Iraqis like crap.
Go to Doug Henwood's Radio Archives for this:

16 January 2005 at 18:55  

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