Archive for August 13th, 2010

As part of VPRO International’s Backlight series, broadcast in March this year, Žižek discusses many of the themes from his new book:

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Slavoj Žižek’s new book Living in the End Times is available now in hardback.

With thanks to Jonathan Waring, who writes about this video on his website: http://www.jonathanwaring.net

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James Harkin in yesterday’s Guardian, drawing parallels between Marshall Berman’s recently reissued classic, All That Is Solid Melts Into Air and Jay-Z’s recently spoofed classic, Empire State of Mind:

What unites Jay-Z and Berman is their lack of nostalgia, their insistence on movement and mobility. It hurts Berman to say it, but even if the Bronx had been left untouched by development, he wouldn’t have stayed. “For the Bronx of my youth was possessed, inspired, by the great modern dream of mobility. To live well meant to move up socially, and this in turn meant to move out physically; to live one’s life close to home was not to be alive at all.

It’s a little scary for some, but this modernist vision is the most generous and democratic one that we have. What this rapper and this Marxist seem to share is a conviction that cities and societies that stop moving forward, that don’t open themselves to perpetual flux and that are not constantly on the move, are as good as dead.

Read the full article here.

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THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! If you haven’t recieved an email from us by now, you should assume you didn’t win. Thank you to everyone who entered.

Congratulations to the winners, the books are in the post. The correct answers are below:

Competition Image 1Day One: Slavoj Žižek

Badiou Competition Image 2DayTwo: A. C. Grayling

Competition Image 3Day Three: Gandhi

The Communist Hypothesis is available now in hardback.Communist Hypothesis Cover Image

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Today we reveal our third and final person to be photographed with Alain Badiou’s new book The Communist Hypothesis:

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Who is this man peacefully reading The Communist Hypothesis? A geographical clue: we found him near the Marxism conference…

For the chance to win all of Badiou’s Verso books in hardback, please send in your entries with the names of all three people. You can find the other people in our day 1 and day 2 posts.


Entrants must email their answers to enquiries AT verso.co.uk (twitter and comment responses will not be accepted!), with their names and the addresses to which the prize should be sent. Emails sent before the final third image has been posted will not be accepted. The first three people with all the correct answers will win. The competition is only open to those outside of North America.Communist Hypothesis Cover Image

The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou is available now in hardback.

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AFP reports on the latest Hezbollah activity this month after a violent conflict on the Lebanon-Israeli border:

Hezbollah is ready to strike the heart of Israel in the event of new aggression on Lebanon, the party’s deputy chief said on Wednesday, a day after deadly clashes between Lebanese and Israeli troops.

“Israel must understand that any aggression on Lebanon, no matter how small, gives us the complete right to retaliate when and how we find appropriate and in line with Lebanon’s political interests,” Sheikh Naim Qassem told AFP in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

“Hezbollah chooses when to be patient and when to retaliate,” he added.

The full article is available here.

Today Ha’aretz reports:

Lebanon will decline any military assistance from the United States that is conditioned on its agreeing not to use those weapons against Israel, Defense Minister Elias Murr said yesterday.

Murr was responding to a decision by the U.S. Congress earlier this week to suspend $100 million in aid over concerns that the equipment would be used against Israel or would fall into the hands of Hezbollah, for use against the Lebanese army.

Nicholas Noe’s book Voice of Hezbollah: The Statements of Sayed Hassan Nasrallah, is the Voice of Hezbollah Cover Imagefirst English translation of the leader of Lebanon’s “Party of God” and is critical to the understanding of the man and the movement. Noe brings together for the first time Nasrallah’s speeches and interviews: the intricate, deeply populist arguments and promises that he has made from the mid-1980s to the present day. It is available now in paperback.

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