October 20, 2004

A week or so ago but I don't think I wrote it up... Edward Said's Humanism and Democratic Criticism. I bought it because I thought it might help with the art and revolution project. Or the art and political education project. But it was no help at all. I am both attracted and repulsed by this sort of discussion about humanism and democracy. Which I guess means I enjoyed reading it. Also like to read Nussbaum for same reason. A sort of guilty academic pleasure. I get to feel like all is not lost in this field. But his descriptions of the wonders of Columbia weirded me out. As did long paragraph on James Clifford's father (I had no idea James Clifford was a heritage academic but it was weird to read it in a discussion of his work).

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