An Interview With Étienne Balibar
Harvard Advocate Staff
Étienne Balibar is a French philosopher. As a student of Louis Althusser, he coauthored the influential Reading Capital. His extensive writings have analyzed the nation-state, race, citizenship, identity and, most recently, the problem of political violence. Balibar is a visiting Professor at Columbia University’s Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. The Harvard Advocate’s Art Editor, Brad Bolman, sat down with Balibar on the occasion of his lecture, “Violence, Civility, and Politics Revisited,” at Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center on November 5, 2014..... [Continue reading]
Straight vs. Crooked
“You know there are no straight lines in it? That’s what makes it perfect.”
My mother wipes her forehead, at the narrow fold of her brow where sweat has begun to pool.
I say, “Of course there are no straight lines in it. The whole thing’s in ruins.”.... [Continue reading]