Cash for Gold: or, Learning from Atlantic City


  “Look for yourself, the soft day Atlantic waves washing in to the pearly flat hard sand. . . .” – Jack Kerouac from his introduction to Robert Frank’s The Americans.       Up and down In her essay on Iceland, poet Eileen Myles implied that the rhythms of the land and seascapes of that strange and mysterious island nation somehow altered her perception of how she would thereafter approach her…Read more

‘… by living we learn’ – The life of Patrick Geddes and his quest to re-connect man with nature in the new urban spaces


“This is a green world, with animals comparatively few and small, and all dependent on the leaves. By leaves we live. Some people have strange ideas that they live by money. They think energy is generated by the circulation of coins. Whereas the world is mainly a vast leaf colony, growing on and forming a leafy soil, not a mere mineral mass: and we live not by the jingling of…Read more

Bauman before ‘Bauman’ – A Conversation between Zygmunt Bauman, Michael Hviid Jacobsen and Keith Tester (Part 1)

Zygmunt Bauman final t use 2014

This is Part 1 of a larger conversation which examines the decade of the 1980s and various issues form commodification of intellectual work, the role of culture in changing the future, the dilemma(s) of post-modernity, nuclear weaponry, and whether Russia is European?   Born in Poland, eminent sociologist Zygmunt Bauman has been writing since 1960 when he published his first book. However Bauman became the man we know since the…Read more