Nightcap

  1. Deepak Lal: Rest In Peace Kapil Komireddi, The Critic
  2. Why the French Revolution was so important Robert Blackman, Age of Revolutions
  3. The limits of fiction Katherine Voyles, War on the Rocks
  4. “Aspects of the New Right-Wing Extremism” Stuart Jeffries, Financial Times

Sunday Poetry: Adorno about traffic lights

I hate the Frankfurt School. Even more, I hate Theodor W. Adorno. Apart from his atrocious Sociology (I think his philosophy is ridiculous too, but I have not dealt with it in depth yet), he had a very bizarre opinion on Jazz.
However, he seemed to be a heavy fan of traffic lights. In 1962 he wrote the following words to the local newspaper:

“When crossing the Senckenberg plant, near the corner of Dantestraße, one of our secretaries was run over and seriously injured after a passerby had been killed in an accident at the same place a few days earlier. On the way to university, one has to run across the street in an unworthy way, as if one was running for his life. If a student, or a professor, is in the state that is actually appropriate for him, namely in his mind, then the threat of death is immediately prevalent.” 

In consequence of his rant, albeit 25 years later, the city built the now-famous Adorno-Ampel in Frankfurt near his faculty. Kind of lovely anecdote.

I wish you all pleasant Sunday.

Nightcap

  1. The ongoing chess match between Iran and Israel Saeid Jafari, Al-Monitor
  2. Britain’s not-so-evil empire Daniel Bring, Modern Age
  3. The point is not to win, though.” Rick Repetti, Quillette
  4. Exposing capitalism’s blind domination Lambert Zuidervaart, Footnotes to Plato