[Old draft of a post that I never finished writing… Started it in late February.] Been thinking about intellectuals, especially French ones. It might have been a long-standing issue for me. To this French-speaking North American academic, the theme is obvious. More specifically, though. Was listening to a podcast with French journalist Daniel Schneidermann who, … Continue reading French «Intellectuels» (draft)
[Update: I forgot to thank Djemaa Maazouzi for sending that link to a seminar mailing-list… So, thank you Djemaa! Sorry for the delay…] Thinking about Lila Abu-Lughod‘s powerful Eurozine “Lettre” The Muslim Woman. The Power of Images and the Danger of Pity. In the common Western imagination, the image of the veiled Muslim woman stands … Continue reading Islam and "Western Imagination"
Speaking of Synecdoche, N.Y., which sounds very unique indeed, there’s something to be said about having fun with language. Yeah, it’s intellectual humour. But who said intellectuals aren’t allowed to have fun? Found a nice page explaining some tropes and schemes in a straightforward way. Reminded me of my favourite author, who uses language in … Continue reading Do Play with Your Tongue!
[Drafted this a while ago. Seems like The Brights are becoming quite active these days.] A critique of the “meme coining” centred on the negative connotations of the “bright” adjective: Brights: Not Too “Bright” (Doubt and About) A few scattered thoughts.