The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge
3.94
really liked it
The discussions on whether this book is fiction or non-fiction are rather futile, and prevent the reader from engaging with it more closely. I think a ...more
not set
Nov 01, 2008
 
Das Ornament Der Masse: Essays: Weimar Essays
4.20
it was amazing
This compilation of essays puts together a thorough analysis of cultural forms and seeks to uncloak modernity through reading the aesthetic that it pr ...more
Feb 15, 2008
Feb 13, 2008
 
The Uncanny
4.00
it was amazing
**spoiler alert** It may be that the uncanny [unhomely] is something familiar [homely, homey] that has been repressed and then reappears, and that eve ...more
Feb 22, 2008
Feb 18, 2008
 
The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge
3.81
liked it
The Postmodern Condition is about the dominance of scientific knowledge over that of narrative, and the related death of meta-narratives. The performa ...more
Feb 09, 2008
Feb 09, 2008
 
The Stars Down to Earth and Other Essays on the Irrational in Culture (Routledge Classics)
3.86
liked it
ideology for dependence:

this is adorno's critique of ideology via an analysis of astrology columns in US newspapers, mainly Los Angeles Times. here, a
...more
Feb 21, 2009
Feb 21, 2009
 
Legitimation Crisis
3.60
did not like it
Legitimation Crisis is about how the social democratic state fails to rectify the contradictions engendered by late capitalism. Rather, when the state ...more
Feb 18, 2008
Feb 13, 2008
 
Franz Kafka's The Castle (Dramatization)
4.07
it was amazing
I haven't read Kafka in a while, except for the Penal Colony story that I sometimes go back to, and I had almost forgotten what the experience is like ...more
not set
May 21, 2009
 
Syrian Episodes: Sons, Fathers, and an Anthropologist in Aleppo
2.75
did not like it
Orientalism, when in an experiential form, is rather alright, Borneman asserts in the preface to his book. This is not textual orientalism, where ther ...more
not set
May 22, 2009
 
Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection
3.92
it was amazing
this book discloses the particularities of different collaborations that disrupt or develop processes of economic transformations that reflect on land ...more
Feb 14, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
 
Enduring Innocence: Global Architecture And Its Political Masquerades
3.79
liked it
This book is an attempt to uncloak networks of power via focusing on sites that may appear to be situated at the fringes. Yet the overwhelming amounts ...more
not set
Mar 11, 2009
 
The Cultural Turn: Selected Writings on the Postmodern, 1983-1998
3.90
liked it
i sometimes get lost in the multiple references that jameson's writing builds upon, ranging from experimental film to hegelian philosophy. i find myse ...more
not set
Feb 21, 2009
 
The Romantic Dogs
3.92
'rain' must be my favorite in the collection, though i very much enjoyed lupe too, just because i know lupe from savage detectives, and i liked rememb ...more
Sep 21, 2011
Sep 22, 2011
 
Introduction to the Philosophy of History with Selections from The Philosophy of Right
3.69
it was ok
this is a very strange translation - almost vulgar and in your face, and at the same time, full of mistakes. one striking example was the use of the w ...more
Mar 04, 2008
Mar 03, 2008
 
Ambiguities of Domination: Politics, Rhetoric, and Symbols in Contemporary Syria
3.89
it was ok


"This book argues that Asad's cult is a strategy of domination based on compliance rather than legitimacy. The regime produces compliance through enfo
...more
not set
May 31, 2009
 
Critique of Pure Reason
3.92
Schema/Synthesis/Imagination

My dissertation project investigates the contradictory perceptions of temporality on the construction site of a renewable
...more
Sep 02, 2009
Sep 02, 2009
 
The Accident
3.13
it was ok
This is the first book I've read by Ismail Kadare, and I found his prose elegant. But I think there is a problem with the way this book is framed. In ...more
not set
Feb 02, 2014
 
Modest_witness@second_millennium.Femaleman_meets_oncomouse: Feminism and Technoscience
4.05
really liked it
I don't know why it took me so long to open this book, but once I opened it, it was so quick to read. Haraway's language is brave and welcoming, her c ...more
not set
May 16, 2009
 
The Lazarus Project
3.56
it was ok
It may be due to a professional prejudice towards an expanse of studies on migration that I grew bored of this book quite quickly. Despite my recognit ...more
not set
Sep 17, 2010
 
Remembering Satan
3.71
it was ok
This book is the story of a set of accusations of molestation directed to a religious police officer by his two daughters, who argue that their family ...more
not set
May 16, 2009
 
From Rags to Riches: A Story of Abu Dhabi
3.80
There are very few books on Abu Dhabi, and thus this book is a valuable contribution. But then again, it is written by a friend of the crown prince, o ...more
not set
May 16, 2009
 
The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses
4.28
did not like it
The main argument in the first part of the book is that intellectualism and abstract thought, having developed together with stress on the eye, have l ...more
not set
Oct 21, 2008
 
Granta 61: The Sea
3.65
liked it
Given a subject matter as magical as The Sea, I guess I had quite high expectations of this volume...and was not really satisfied, and have not really ...more
Feb 04, 2008
Feb 10, 2008
 
No Gods No Masters: An Anthology of Anarchism
4.08
really liked it
Reading this anthology together with Carl Schmitt's Political Theology dramatically changed my experience with anarchist authors of 19th and 20th cent ...more
Feb 11, 2008
Feb 11, 2008
 
Reason and Revolution: Hegel and the Rise of Social Theory
4.04
liked it
In this book Herbert Marcuse provides a well-crafted genealogy of social theory. He begins with Hegel, summarizes the relationship between the Hegelia ...more
Jan 26, 2008
Jan 29, 2008
 
Political Theology: Four Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty
3.94
it was amazing
In this book Schmitt explains the contradictions of an immanent legal system whereby the state of exception becomes concealed underneath a veil of law ...more
Feb 07, 2008
Feb 09, 2008
 
Fast Cars, Clean Bodies: Decolonization and the Reordering of French Culture
3.88
it was ok
this is a well-written book and everything, but most of the emphasis she puts on hygiene or cars seems rather commonplace, so i did not feel like i le ...more
Aug 03, 2010
Aug 03, 2010
 
Dusklands
3.50
liked it
i'm fascinated to see how much coetzee's writing has transformed since this debut. although i believe his later books are much more refined, i very mu ...more
Aug 12, 2010
Aug 12, 2010
 
Troubling Love
3.37
liked it
This reads like a sketch of Ferrante's other work, as its narrative devices are very similar to her Neapolitan books and the Abandonment book. We star ...more
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 31, 2014
 
Ecologies of Comparison: An Ethnography of Endangerment in Hong Kong
4.08
really liked it
"What do we make of the fact that these knowledge practices seem such apt condensations of the problem of Hong Kong's sovereignty? What truth do these ...more
Oct 24, 2011
Oct 24, 2011
 
We Have Always Lived in the Castle
4.05
it was amazing
The ambience of this book reminded me of two novels I have enjoyed recently: Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle and Tarjei Vesaas's The Birds. All ver ...more
not set
Jan 25, 2017
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