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Patrick Russell has commented on (3) products.

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Patrick Russell, January 4, 2013

A very readable history of the fortuitous but world changing "encounter" of two complex figures (Lucretius & Poggio) at an important turning point in European history.
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The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 2, 1941 1956 (Letters of Samuel Beckett) by Samuel Beckett
The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 2, 1941 1956 (Letters of Samuel Beckett)

Patrick Russell, January 19, 2012

This is an excellent collection of letters that covers one of the most creative and then successful periods in Beckett's career. A real behind the scenes look. In addition, the editorial apparatus is superb and clearly shows the decades of work that have gone into Beckett's letters.
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Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri
Multitude: War and Democracy in the Age of Empire

Patrick Russell, January 1, 2010

MULTITUDE, the excellent second book in Hardt & Negri's trilogy (the first being EMPIRE, the second, the recently released COMMONWEALTH) on the contemporary political situation--and what is to be done about it. Proposes swarm theory as the model for new, democratic, horizontal, political organizations. Also introduces the important concepts of the common and immaterial labor, the latter being the immanent "bond" that unites people across social difference without sublimating those differences. Immaterial labor describes what is for Hardt & Negri the new hegemonic form of labor that has come to replace industrial labor, this new form being affective, bio-social, & interpersonal.
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