Top fives by request

Dear readers,

I’ve started writing about Badiou and Zizek, and Stanley Fish and Walter Benn Michaels, over at The Valve. The point is what we lose by academic infighting:
Forgetting the Apologists

I’ve had an urgent request for a “High Fidelity” list of what I’m currently consuming. That’s below; a more substantive post to follow soon.


1. Yasunari Kawabata, Snow Country
2. Friedrich Nietzsche, Human All-Too-Human
3. Alain Badiou, Saint Paul: The Foundations of Universalism
4. Slavoj Zizek, The Fragile Absolute: Or, Why Is The Christian Legacy Worth Preserving?
5. Rumi, The Essential Poems of Rumi

(Coming soon: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami.)


1. House, M.D. (Seasons 1-2)
2. The Departed
3. Scrubs, Season 4
4. Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Season 4
5. Battlestar Galactica, Season 1

(Coming soon: Season 1 of Sex and the City.)


1. The Crane Wife, The Decemberists
2. Don’t Give Up On Me, Solomon Burke
3. Wilderness, Wilderness
4. La stravaganza, Antonio Vivaldi (Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields)
5. English Suites (for piano), Johann Sebastian Bach (Perahia)

(Coming soon: Boys and Girls in America by The Hold Steady.)