BENJAMIN ALDES WURGAFT
January 16, 2019
On Reading Jonathan Gold
Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft remembers Jonathan Gold, who helped him fall in love with Los Angeles.
Recline of the West: Couches and Psychoanalysis
How did psychoanalysis get its couch?
Thinking, Public and Private: Intellectuals in the Time of the Public
An essay by Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft on the “public intellectual,” with particular attention to Mark Greif, Corey Robin, Russell Jacoby, and Hannah Arendt.
The State That I Am In: Hannah Arendt in America
How did the United States change Hannah Arendt? Richard King's ambitious new book is a welcome addition to a crowded scholarly field of works on Arendt.
Space Jew, or, Walter Benjamin Among the Stars
If Walter Benjamin had been quicker to flee the Nazis, he might have stood in India during the twilight years of the Raj and experienced the stars anew.
Writing in Cafés: A Personal History
Benjamin Aldes Wurgaft on writing in cafés.
Three Contemporary Spinozas
A Spinozist politics? Mathematics? Posthumanism? Baruch (Benedict de) Spinoza is, as Hasana Sharp points out, a "philosopher of many posthumous births."
Notes on “Note-by-Note”: A New Molecular Cuisine?
You are what you think you are eating.
Friends of Leo
Robert Howse’s bold and admirable new study seeks to rehabilitate Strauss, who has been repeatedly (and posthumously) identified as the origin point of a neoconservative conspiracy.