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Conversations with Edward Said

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In these conversations with Tariq Ali, recorded in Edward Said's Riverside Drive apartment in New York in June 1994, about a decade before he finally lost his battle with cancer, Said brings his considerable intellect and deep personal engagement to bear on some of the most troubling and volatile issues of our time as he ranges back over his own dislocated existence, his i ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Seagull Books
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Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I’m a big fan of Edward Said. He has a brilliant way of writing and some of the points he makes are able to push your brain into directions you never thought your brain could go. The book is a short series of conversations that took place between him and Tariq Ali (i'd also read a few of his books in the past and liked him also). This was a very short book and has whetted my appetite for reading orientalism which is his major piece of thinking and work. The book was interesting and covered topic ...more
May 02, 2008 rated it liked it
i love interviews with edward said. i think i like the format of interviews in general (which is why radio should never die), but edward is able to speak on so many topics, and is a true example of why one should never stop learning and be open to new experiences. i think there are limitations to his own introspection, but it's matched by how he sees the world as a beautiful place to explore, though he knew there was so much to fight for.
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I took a long bus trip so I can read this book in peace. A remarkable interview conducted by Tarip Ali with the great "thinker" Edward Said. Any person who is a fan of Glen Gould is OK with me. I also like his stance on dandyism as well. The main reason why I wanted to pick this book up is due to get more information regarding Palestine and Israel. I got some of that, but the great thing about Said is that he doesn't speak for others, he speaks his own mind - and his perception I think is basica ...more
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Jun 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Direct accounts are irreplaceable but this book even more than Out of Place tells us who Edward Said was because (as he said) he valued friendship above everything but scholarship and was loyal to people rather than systems of thought.
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Tariq Ali (Punjabi, Urdu: طارق علی) (born 21 October 1943) is a British-Pakistani historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner, and commentator. He is a member of the editorial committee of the New Left Review and Sin Permiso, and regularly contributes to The Guardian, CounterPunch, and the London Review of Books.

He is the author of several books, including Can Pakistan Survive? The Death
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