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Let’s find the stage of human affairs

Marion Muller-Colard, Clémence Pollet

Hannah Arendt's Little Theater

While about to finish her last book, the philosopher Hannah Arendt is disturbed by her stubborn alter ego, 9-year-old Little Hannah. Reluctantly, the old woman lets herself drag out onto the streets of New York and into constant conversation by the inquisitive little girl. They enter a little theatre, and together they watch mankind, society, politics, power evolve – and they also experience the role of Evil (in the person of a wolf and of numerous wooden puppets) and its...
  • young readers
  • acting
  • Evil
  • ethics
  • thinking
Tom McCarthy

I’m not really sure what is and what isn’t theory.

Elisabeth Bronfen

Tom, our idea here was that you would give us a little insight into how you find your themes, how you use theory for your texts.



I’m not really sure what is and what isn’t theory. I don’t really know where theory stops and fiction begins. If you take someone like, for example, Derrida: half of The Post Card is basically an epistolary novel; it’s fiction, there are characters, there is a character speaking to another character—even while he’s conducting a “theoretical” analysis of Heidegger. I think it’s very hard to pin down that border-line between it being theory/fiction or not theory/fiction. So theory wouldn’t just be a reflection on something else which is somehow more integral; it’s more fluid than that.

A figure like Lévi-Strauss is just wonderful in this respect: Tristes Tropiques is one of the most brilliant books and it’s much better as literature than almost all of...

  • literary studies
  • Modernism
  • literature
  • fiction
  • conversation
Maria Zinfert

“With a woman like that you can even live in ­Berlin”

  • exile
  • 1950s
  • photography
  • archive
  • photographic images
  • Paris
  • History of photography
  • biography
  • portrait
  • Siegfried Kracauer
  • collection
  • 1930s
  • 20th century
News + Events

Exhibition: Yves Netzhammer: Concave Thoughts

27.01.2017 – 03.03.2017

Dresdener Str. 118
10999 Berlin

Closing Event »Concave Thoughts« with Film Screening

03.03.2017, 18:00

Dresdener Str. 118
10999 Berlin


Joseph Mitchell

Madame, Monsieur, regardez la Danse !

Les calypsos viennent de Trinidad, une île britannique des Caraïbes proche de la côte du Venezuela qui fournit aussi au monde de l’asphalte ainsi que l’amer Angustura. Ils sont composés par des hommes hautains, amoraux qui boivent sec et qui se donnent le nom de calypsoniens. En grande majorité ce sont des Noirs. Une guitare sous le bras, ils passent leur temps dans les rhumeries et les cafés chinois de Marine Square et Frederick Street à Port-of-Spain, la ville principale de Trinidad, en quête de rumeurs autour desquelles ils pourraient construire un calypso. Nombre d’entre eux se vantent avec raison du fait que des femmes se battent pour avoir le droit de subvenir à leurs besoins. La plupart sont des vétérans des prisons de l’île. Pour se distinguer des hommes ordinaires, ils n’utilisent pas leurs noms légaux mais vivent et chantent avec des titres adoptés tels que Growler, Lord Executor,...

  • New journalism
  • reportage
  • New York


The world is all that is the case

Françoise Armengaud, Annabelle Buxton

Wittgenstein’s Rhinoceros

The two young men meet up at the Cambridge railroad station. While waiting for the train, they browse the shelves of the station bookshop. All of a sudden, Wittgenstein grabs Pinsent’s arm: “Look at the title of this book!” “What a coincidence!” exclaims Pinsent, “It is perfect for you!” Both start to laugh. They purchase the novel of a famous English detective novelist entitled A Rhinoceros in the Library. Wittgenstein is very excited. “David, listen carefully,” he says to Pinsent. “I already have three things...
  • thinking
  • young readers
  • Wittgenstein
  • logics