Monthly Archives: June 2015

Vernacular Values: Remembering Ivan Illich

By Andy Merrifield I’ve been revisiting the great maverick radical Ivan Illich, who died in 2002, aged 76. Illich was an Austrian who had no real homeland, a Jew who became a Catholic, a Priest who denounced the Vatican, a … Continue reading

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The World of Secret Affinities: Remembering Isaac Babel and Walter Benjamin

A version of this essay was previously published in August 2003 in The Brooklyn Rail 1940 was a terrible year for freethinking intellectuals. As Stalin and Hitler’s pincers tightened, a bullet and a morphine overdose saw off two of the twentieth … Continue reading

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James Joyce’s Lifewand

A version of this article was previously published in December 2013 at the antipode foundation By Andy Merrifield “He lifts the lifewand and the dumb speak” – James Joyce One of the great humanist visions of James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake is … Continue reading

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Urban Questions: Personal and Political Interrogations

Previously published in March 2014 at Pluto Press Blog By Andy Merrifield In 1977, when Manuel Castells’ classic book, The Urban Question, was first put into English, I’d been a year out of secondary school, in Liverpool. It was five years … Continue reading

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The Shadow Citizenry

Previously Published in June 2015 at Open Democracy” by Andy Merrifield It’s exciting to see one of Henri Lefebvre’s last essays, “Quand la ville se perd dans une metamorphose planétaire” (1989), finally make it into English, in a recent edition of … Continue reading

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Future Shock

Previously published in March 2015 at antipode foundation.org by Andy Merrifield Speculating on the future, especially on the political future—and especially especially on a Left political future—is something you get slammed for these days; “they” tell you you’re writing fiction, particularly … Continue reading

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Encountering Paratheatrical Space

Previously published in October 2013 by AntipodeFoundation.org Enter a strange room, any room you’ve never entered before. It feels empty somehow, no matter how big or small this room is, no matter how many people fill it. It’s maybe full of … Continue reading

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