Posts Tagged ‘Interview’

What if Jesus Never Existed?


( – Valerie Tarico:

Outsiders can debate all they want, but Christians need to believe that Jesus was real, and defenders of the faith line up a series of proofs that they claim settle the question. Now David Fitzgerald has produced a three-volume set, Jesus: Mything in Action, in which he tackles those proofs one by one and then lays out how Christianity could have emerged even in the absence of a historical Jesus. …

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David Fitzgerald: Jesus: Mything in Action

Ian Rankin’s Career


(The Independent) – Andy Martin:

That crime fiction is no longer seen as inferior to ‘literature’ is in part thanks to Rebus, Ian Rankin’s stoic Scots detective, now in his 21st novel and loved by millions. Good job the author didn’t become an accountant …

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Ian Rankin

Tim Roth


(Guardian Culture) – Rory Carroll:

The actor, who plays a serial killer in new BBC drama Rillington Place, talks about the rise of fascism in the US, the abuse he suffered as a child and why he cares only about reviews from the staff in his local supermarket. …

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Tim Roth at the Langham Huntington hotel in Pasadena

Epicureanism and The Moral Animal


(3:AM) – Richard Marshall:

Even if the gods did exist, the Epicureans argued, they didn’t care about us. Rather, everything comes from nature, and all that really exists are atoms and void, moving and congregating. The life-world of human and animal experience, with colours, tastes, solid objects, is a perceptual effect of massed atoms. …

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Catherine Wilson: Epicureanism at the Origins of Modernity

Joseph Stiglitz on the Euro and Hillary


(Slate::Interrogation) – Isaac Chotiner:

Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel Prize–winning economist, has served as the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Clinton and as the World Bank’s chief economist. In 2010, he acted as an adviser to the Greek government and became one of the most prominent critics of the European austerity policies instituted after the financial crash. Out of that experience comes his new book, The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe.  …

Stiglitz has also been an adviser to the Hillary Clinton campaign, despite (or perhaps because of) his reputation as an outspoken progressive economist. I spoke by phone with Stiglitz. …

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Joseph Stiglitz: The Euro

Can Islam and Liberalism Coexist?


(Slate::Interrogation) – Isaac Chotiner:

Why Islam resists secularization, and how that continues to shape the politics of the Middle East …

Shadi Hamid, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, is the author of a new book, Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World. The title gives some hint of his provocative analysis. As he writes, “If Islam is, in fact, distinctive in how it relates to politics, then the foundational divides that have torn the Middle East apart will persist, and for a long time to come.” …

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Shadi Hamid: Islamic Exceptionalism

Roger M. Cooke’s review of “Islamic Exceptionalism”

In Conversation: Louis C.K.


(Vulture) – David Marchese:

When you watch comedy on television these days, especially shows that don’t seem to care if you’re laughing or wincing, there’s a good chance you’re watching something indebted to Louis C.K.

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Louis C.K.

It’s like Munich in 1932


(Guardian::Film) – Carole Cadwalladr:

Michael Moore reveals how illness, divorce and his father’s death changed him and why Donald Trump really is a fascist. …

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Michael Moore: Where to Invade Next

Noam Chomsky on Donald Trump: ‘Almost a death knell for the human species’


(Guardian::Documentary) – Leo Benedictus:

The great intellectual Noam Chomsky explains why Brexit is unimportant, why Trump’s climate change denial is catastrophic – and why revolution is easier than you think. …

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Noam Chomsky in 2015

Der nächste Crash


(Telepolis) – Reinhard Jellen:

In ihrem neuen Buch Reichtum ohne Gier untersucht Sahra Wagenknecht unter anderem, wie die Bundesrepublik den Weg weg vom Ordoliberalismus und hin zu einem spekulativen Finanzkapitalismus ging, der auf kurzfristige Profite ausgerichtet ist. …

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Sahra Wagenknecht: Reichtum ohne Gier Wie wir uns vor dem Kapitalismus retten