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Social Psychologist Erich Fromm Diagnoses Why People Wear a Mask of Happiness in Modern Society (1977) Modern man still is anxious and tempted to surrender his freedom to dictators of all kinds, or to lose it by transforming himself into a small cog in the machine. —Erich Fromm There are more think pieces published every day than any one person can read about our current moment of social disintegration. But we seem to have lost touch with the insights of social psychology, a field that dominated popular intellectual discourse in the post-war 20t...
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Five famous doctors in literature

Doctors have appeared in fiction throughout history. From Dr Faustus, written in the sixteenth century, to more recent film adaptations in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, the familiarity of these characters will be profitably read and watched by both experienced and future doctors who want to reflect on the human condition often so ably described by the established men and women of letters. Here, I have selected five famous doctors in literature who each exemplify a step in the progres...
Tags: Books, UK, Featured, Wales, France, Literature, Gustave Flaubert, Albert Camus, Henry James, Health & Medicine, General Medical Council, Emma, Cronin, Midlands, Lydgate, National Health Service NHS

An Animated Introduction to Albert Camus’ Existentialism, a Philosophy Making a Comeback in Our Dysfunctional Times

When next you meet an existentialist, ask him what kind of existentialist s/he is. There are at least as many varieties of existentialism as there have been high-profile thinkers propounding it. Several major strains ran through postwar France alone, most famously those championed by Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and Albert Camus — who explicitly rejected existentialism, in part due to a philosophical split with Sartre, but who nevertheless gets categorized among the existentiali...
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CS Interview: Hugo Weaving Talks Measure for Measure

CS Interview: Hugo Weaving Talks Measure for Measure To celebrate the release of Paul Ireland’s gritty adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, had the opportunity to speak with the film’s star Hugo Weaving (The Lord of the Rings franchise, The Matrix franchise, V for Vendetta). The actor discussed his role in the flick and also went into great detail about all things Shakespeare and acting. You can purchase or rent the new film here! Here’s the official synops...
Tags: Movies, Australia, William Shakespeare, Akira Kurosawa, Melbourne, Shakespeare, Hamlet, Duke, Tim Minchin, Macbeth, PAUL, Lear, Claudio, Angelo, Sydney Theatre Company, Damian

We’ve Hit a Pandemic Wall

New data show that Americans are suffering from record levels of mental distress.
Tags: News, Income Inequality, Black People, Albert, Daphne, Camus, Race and Ethnicity, Psychology and Psychologists, Mental Health and Disorders, Quarantines, de Marneffe, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, The Plague (Book

How Camus and Sartre split up over the question of how to be free

They were an odd pair. Albert Camus was French Algerian, a pied-noir born into poverty who effortlessly charmed with his Bogart-esque features. Jean-Paul Sartre, from the upper reaches of French society, was never mistaken for a handsome man. They met in Paris during the Occupation and grew closer after the Second World War. In those days, when the lights of the city were slowly turning back on, Camus was Sartre's closest friend. 'How we loved you then,' Sartre later wrote.They were gleaming ico...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Personality, Budapest, Hungary, Paris, Innovation, Literature, Philosophy, Ussr, Morality, Albert Camus, Le Monde, Self, Soviet Union, Charles de Gaulle

Plague - A Very Short Introduction ~ Paul Slack

'The fuller the sources become over time, the easier it is to test the accuracy of those sweeping statements of chroniclers about the havoc created by plague, and to see that the reality for everyone involved in an epidemic was personal stress.' Plague ~ Paul Slack ( A Very Short Introduction) For anyone who is feeling that stress please don't feel obliged to read this, though ultimately I hope it might be reassuring... When all this started I could hardly believe what I was hearing...that...
Tags: Books, England, Milan, 2020, Plymouth, Dubrovnik, Ragusa, Ecclesiastes, Godwin, Oxford University Press, Edward III, Chaucer, Camus, Dovegreyreader, Piers Plowman, William Langland

'The Plague' and 'Dekalog' Show Innovation in German-Language Theater

In an artistic world that constantly deconstructs itself, the creators of “The Plague” and “Dekalog” turned toward digital tools, with self-filmed actors and direction from the audience.
Tags: News, Theater, Albert, Christopher, Bert, Camus, Zander, Kieslowski, Munich (Germany, Krzysztof, Zurich (Switzerland, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV, The Plague (Book, Dekalog (Play, The Plague (Play, Ruping

A Novel Imagines the Life of the Man Who Discovered Camus

In “Our Riches,” the Algerian novelist Kaouther Adimi revisits Edmond Charlot and his legendary bookshop, as well as her country’s turbulent past.
Tags: News, Camus, Books and Literature, Our Riches (Book, Adimi, Kaouther, Kaouther Adimi, Edmond Charlot

Camus’s Inoculation Against Hate

Writing “The Plague” during the decimation of World War II, Albert Camus used disease as a metaphor for war — but also for war’s remedy.
Tags: News, Algeria, Albert Camus, Albert, Camus, Books and Literature, World War II (1939-45, Quarantines, Translation and Interpreters, The Plague (Book, Inoculation Against Hate

What Can We Learn From the Art of Pandemics Past?

From the playground game ring-around-the-rosy to the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe, the scars of illnesses throughout history are still visible today.
Tags: Art, Photography, News, Virginia, Edgar Allan Poe, Epidemics, Plague, Munch, Poe, Susan, Albert, Daniel, Ma, Jenny, Egon, Defoe

Lessons from ‘La Peste’: Camus and Covid-19

‘The Plague’, an allegory of the Nazi occupation of France in World War II, is about a town’s fight against an epidemic. It’s a relevant read in the times of Covid-19 The post Lessons from ‘La Peste’: Camus and Covid-19 appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Opinion, France, Aids, Article, Albert Camus, La Peste, Camus, Pandemic, Top Six, The Plague, Coronavirus, Coronavirus outbreak, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, COVID-19, Middle East Respiratory System

What is Albert Camus’ The Plague About? An Introduction

Topping lists of plague novels circulating these days, Albert Camus’ 1947 The Plague (La Peste), as many have been quick to point out, is about more than its blunt title would suggest. The book incorporates Camus’ experience as editor-in-chief of Combat, a French Resistance newspaper, and serves as an allegory for the spread of fascism and the Nazi occupation of France. It also illustrates the evolution of his philosophical thought: a gradual turn toward the primacy of the absurd, and aw...
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Re-reading Camus’s The Plague in pandemic times

Sometime in the 194 0s in the sleepy c olonial city of Oran, in French occupied Algeria ,  there  was an outbreak of p lague.   First rats died, then people .  Within days, the  e n tire  city was quarantined: it  was impossible to get out, and  no one could get in . This is the fictional  setting for  Albert Camus’s  second  most famous novel,  The Plague   (1947) .  And yes,   there are some similarities  to  our current situation with the  c oronavirus .  F...
Tags: Books, Featured, France, China, US, Literature, Philosophy, Algeria, Albert Camus, Oran, Camus, Arts & Humanities, Very Short Introductions, 20th Century Philosophy, 20th Century Literature, The Plague

Pandemic Literature: A Meta-List of the Books You Should Read in Coronavirus Quarantine

Describing conditions characteristic of life in the early 21st century, future historians may well point to such epidemic viral illnesses as SARS, MERS, and the now-rampaging COVID-19. But those focused on culture will also have their pick of much more benign recurring phenomena to explain: topical book lists, for instance, which crop up in the 21st-century press at the faintest prompting by current events. As the coronavirus has spread through the English-speaking world over the past month, pa...
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Download Classic Works of Plague Fiction: From Daniel Defoe & Mary Shelley, to Edgar Allan Poe

The apotheosis of prestige realist plague film, Steven Soderburgh’s 2011 Contagion, has become one of the most popular features on major streaming platforms, at a time when people have also turned increasingly to books of all kinds about plagues, from fantasy, horror, and science fiction to accounts that show the experience as it was in all its ugliness—or at least as those who experienced it remembered the events. Such a work is Daniel Defoe’s semi-fictional history “A Journal of the Plague Ye...
Tags: Google, Europe, Books, London, College, Edgar Allan Poe, History, Britain, Moscow, Literature, Isaac Newton, Algeria, Albert Camus, Catherine, Marseilles, Lisbon

"Emptiness and absence contradict the very concept of the city. The point of a city is social proximity..."

"... to see people deliberately spaced out, like the walking but never intersecting figures in a Giacometti, is to see what cities aren’t. In a historical sense, cities are always organisms of a kind, like coral reefs, where a lot of people come together to barter spices and exchange ideas and find mates, and endure the recurrent damage of infectious disease....  Outside, new patterns of wider spacing and greater caution assert themselves: Is that masked man contagious and to be avoided by cross...
Tags: New York, Law, France, Sculpture, Albert Camus, Piazza, Solitude, Guggenheim, Giacometti, Adam Gopnik, Oran, Camus, City Life, Ann Althouse, Misreadings, Gopnik

Camus on the Coronavirus

He reminds us that suffering is random, and that is the kindest thing one can say about it.
Tags: News, Plague, Albert, Camus, Books and Literature, Coronavirus (2019-nCoV

Why You Should Read The Plague, the Albert Camus Novel the Coronavirus Has Made a Bestseller Again

The coronavirus, fair to say, isn't good for the economy: not for the economies of individual nations, and not for the world economy as a whole. But that's not to say that every industry has taken a hit. This is hardly the worst time in history to produce and sell toilet paper, for instance, nor to furnish the packages of necessities demanded by "preppers" who foresee the end of society as we know it. One probably wouldn't wish to take the place of the makers of Corona beer right now, but despi...
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The History of the Plague: Every Major Epidemic in an Animated Map

All of us have tried to come to grips with the coronavirus in different ways. Here on Open Culture we've featured online courses to get you conversant in the science around the pandemic, but readers of this site will also have sought out the most pertinent works of history and literature. That goes especially for those in need of reading material while in states of quarantine or lockdown (self-imposed or otherwise), and any list of recommended books must include Daniel Defoe's A Journal ...
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Surge In Sales Of Books About Plagues

Camus’s The Plague follows the inhabitants of Oran, an Algerian town that is sealed off by quarantine as it is ravaged by bubonic plague. Penguin is rushing through a reprint of its English translation to meet demand, but said on Thursday it had sold out of stock on Amazon. The publisher added that sales in the last week of February were up by 150% on the same period in 2019. – The Guardian
Tags: Amazon, Art, Penguin, Words, Oran, Camus, 03.06.20

De-cluttering Fly-fishing and the Tenkara factor

I was poking about in a fly shop the other day when I overheard an interesting and thought-provoking conversation. An angler had arrived for the weekend and was going to hit the local spring creeks for trout. He mentioned that he was going to fly-fish that Friday afternoon and evening, but that for the rest of the weekend, he was going to fish Tenkara style, because as he put it, it was “So much more fun and simpler than traditional fly fishing.” For those that are not familiar with Tenkara...
Tags: Japan, America, Sport, Humor, Fishing, Pacific, Marie Kondo, Camus, Minimalism, FLY-FISHING, Tenkara, Erik Helm, Lee Wulff

VCs bet millions on Microverse, a Lambda School for the developing world

The student loan crisis in the U.S. has left venture capitalists searching for novel approaches to financing higher education, but can the same systems designed for helping coders in Silicon Valley get jobs at Google help underserved students in developing countries become part of a global work force? Similar to the buzzy San Francisco startup Lambda School, Microverse is a coding school that utilizes ISAs, or Income Share Agreements, as a means of allowing students to learn now and pay later...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Y Combinator, Education, India, San Francisco, Tech, Silicon Valley, Isa, General Catalyst, U S, Holberton School, Camus, Income Share Agreements, Lambda School

Investors bet millions on Microverse, a Lambda School for the developing world

The student loan crisis in the U.S. has left venture capitalists searching for novel approaches to financing higher education, but can the same systems designed for helping coders in Silicon Valley get jobs at Google help underserved students in developing countries become part of a global work force? Similar to the buzzy San Francisco startup Lambda School, Microverse is a coding school that utilizes ISAs, or Income Share Agreements, as a means of allowing students to learn now and pay later...
Tags: Google, TC, India, US, San Francisco, Tech, Silicon Valley, Isa, U S, Holberton School, Camus, Lambda School, Lambda School Microverse, Lambda School for U S, Mexico Brazil Kenya Nigeria Cameroon, Ariel Camus

How Our Modern World Creates Outbreaks Like Coronavirus

“Everyone knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world,” observes Albert Camus in his novel The Plague. “Yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history; yet plagues and wars always take people by surprise.” Camus was imagining a fictional outbreak of plague in 1948 in Oran, a port city in northwest Algeria. But at a time when the world is reeling from a very real microbial emergen...
Tags: Health, Hong Kong, Europe, Japan, News, China, Berlin, India, Africa, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Ideas, Atlantic, Guinea, West Africa

French Writer Imprisoned For Labeling Mass Immigration an “Invasion”

Renaud Camus, a French writer and alleged “conspiracy theorist”, has been handed a two month suspended prison sentence for daring to label mass immigration in Europe as an “invasion”; the French authorities apparently having a strong distaste for freedom of speech. Camus is perhaps best known for writing the “Great Replacement”, which suggests that Europe’s […]
Tags: Europe, Politics, France, Censorship, Immigration, International, Anime, Camus, Renaud Camus

Podcast #570: St. Augustine’s Real-World Spirituality for Restless Hearts

Do you feel restless? Have you ever lied in bed at night looking up at the ceiling wondering “Is this all there is to life?” Or have you ever achieved a big goal in life only to feel let down? Over 1500 years ago, Catholic bishop, philosopher and theologian Augustine of Hippo had those same feelings of angst and wrote down some insights on how to deal with them and they’re just as relevant today as they were then.  My guest today has written a book about Augustine’s ancient insights on the an...
Tags: Podcast, Life, Philosophy, Catholic, Jack Kerouac, James, Mankind, St Augustine, Nietzsche, Augustine, Camus, James James, Martin Heidegger, James K A Smith, Zicam, Heidegger Sartre

Philosopher of the Month – A 2019 Review

As 2019 draws to a close, we look back at the philosophers who have featured in our monthly Philosopher of the Month posts and their significant contribution to philosophy and the history of intellectual thought.Discover more about these philosophers, their works, and schools of thought by clicking on the links below, and let us know who your favourite philosophers are in the comment box beneath the post.William James (1842–1910) was an American psychologist and philosopher, a brother of Henry J...
Tags: Books, Featured, Roundup, Harvard, Oxford, Philosophy, Oxford University, Resistance, Albert Camus, Year In Review, Henry James, James, Potm, Ludwig Wittgenstein, William James, Plato

The Horror and the Humor in Liz Phair's 'Horror Stories'

"I'm only twenty-six years old and I've known three friends who killed themselves, a dozen girls with eating disorders, seven guys who went to rehab, and more people that I can count who've been sexually assaulted and never talk about it. I want to hear the truth." (Liz Phair - Horror Stories, p. 115) In 1993, 26-year -old Liz Phair released Exile in Guyville, a starkly frank and spectacularly self-assured album that eventually went gold, becoming Matador Records' most successful release t...
Tags: Music, New York, Nbc, Review, Book Review, Music Industry, Paris, Manhattan, Memoir, Horror Stories, Ryan Adams, Liz Phair, Shirley Temple, Williamsburg, Phair, Camus

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