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Head Ache (2008) by Helen Pynor. Installation photograph: Danny Kildare

GREY MATTER

THE ECSTATIC TRUTH OF ROMANTIC NEUROSCIENCE

STUART TRENHOLM


THE PIECES

AN INTERVIEW WITH JAMES WILSON

PAUL WILLETTS


DOSTOYEVSKY’S SOLUTION TO KANT’S PROBLEM OF EVIL

HAIM MARANTZ


THE PROBLEM OF EVIL WON’T GO AWAY

ED SIMON AND RANDALL SULLIVAN


HOW NEW IS THE NEW TESTAMENT?

C. FRED ALFORD


FROM FAME TO FOLLY

THE ORIGINS OF (POLITICAL) DEMORALIZATION

BRUCE CHAPMAN


THE PARTHENON WARS

AN ICON OF DEMOCRACY FOUNDED UPON GREED AND DECEIT?

PAUL B. DONOVAN


THE MODERNITY IN ROUSSEAU’S AUDIAL SELF

GARY M. KELLY


COMPLICITY OR COMPLACENCY?

JUDGING JUDGES IN AUTHORITARIAN STATES

RAYMOND WACKS


FABRICATING DREAMS

ON HOW AN UNKNOWN PUBLISHER IN EDO JAPAN ENTICED THE WORLD

LAURA VIGO


WRITING THE SELF

MICHEL FOUCAULT


FOUR POEMS

ALAN ALTANY


ON TRANQUILLITY OF MIND

PLUTARCH


 MAY / JUNE 2024

BERNARD STIEGLER

BERNARD STIEGLER: ELEMENTS OF PHARMACOLOGY

AN INTERVIEW WITH FELIX HEIDENREICH AND FLORIAN WEBER-STEIN


PHARMAKON

CULTURE AND REALITY

T.S.TSONCHEV


BEATLES, WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST!

THE NEUROPSYCHOLOGY OF CONFLICT

STEVE DAVIDSON


THE OTHERWORLDLY TRINITY

DEATH, DIVINITY AND DREAMS

DAVID COMFORT


MUSIC OF THE DEVIL-1955

MYRON S. LUBELL


GARY SOTO’S PILGRIMAGE

RON MCFARLAND


THE VILLAGE OF THE WATERWHEELS

JOHN BELL


READING SOLZHENITSYN FOR THE FIRST TIME

HAIM MARANTZ


Philip Larkin with his Rolleiflex, 1957. Photograph courtesy of Frances Lincoln, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group

HEDGEHOGS, DEATH AND THE BEAUTY IN THE MUNDANE

HOW LARKIN CUTS SO DEEP

DANIEL SEIFERT


TO DEAL WITH INEQUALITY, IT MUST BE BETTER UNDERSTOOD

JON D. WISMAN


EDITH STEIN AND THE STATE

PHILIP NEWMAN LAWTON

 MYTH & TECH

Meiro Koizumi's Prometheus Bound at 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

PROMETHEUS: A SYMPOSIUM


The widely acclaimed blockbuster film Oppenheimer opens with this caption: "Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to man. For this he was chained to a rock and tortured for eternity." The film, based on Oppenheimer's biography American Prometheus, is only the latest popular retelling of the ancient Greek myth. The essays, published in The Montreal Review, are the result of a faculty-student workshop held at Virginia Tech in October 2023 to share research and foster conversation about contemporary uses of the myth of Prometheus.


THE STUBBORN AFTERLIVES OF THE PROMETHEUS MYTH

INTRODUCTION BY BRIAN BRITT


PROMETHEUS

BY LORD BYRON


WORKING ON MODERNITY. HANS BLUMENBERG READS PROMETHEUS

BY DANIEL WEIDNER


OPPENHEIMER AS HERMES, GOD OF THE INFORMATION AGE

BY JANELL WATSON


WHY THE MYTH OF PROMETHEUS HAUNTS TALK OF TECHNOLOGY?

BY LEE VINSEL


FRANKEN-MYTHBUSTERS: MARY SHELLEY’S FRANKENSTEIN EXPOSES THE PATRIARCHAL PROMETHEUS

BY SOPHIA SCARFE


UNBINDING MYTH WITH LITERATURE IN SHELLEY, FLAUBERT, AND DU BOIS

BY BRIAN BRITT


PROMETHEUS REDUX: ALIEN PREQUELS, CREATION MYTH, AND THE ENCHANTMENT OF TECHNOSCIENCE

BY ZHANGE NI


PROMETHEANISM, OBSOLESCENCE, AND THE POLITICS OF CONSPIRACY THEORY

BY SAMUEL BECKENHAUER

  ESSAYS

THE WILD GODS OF BARBARA EHRENREICH AND WILLIAM JAMES

C. FRED ALFORD


HOW TO HAVE A LONG, HAPPY LIFE

STEVE DAVIDSON


THEY SHALL REAP THE WHIRLWIND

ON THE ONGOING ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR

STEVE ABRAMS


WHAT DOES TRUTH MEAN? 

SAM MAGAVERN


THE CRUCIAL NEED FOR A LESS MECHANIZED LIFE

JOHN BELL


IS WESTERN CULTURE LOSING ITS MIND? 

STEVE DAVIDSON


WHAT TO EXPECT OF LIFE?

STEVEN G. KELLMAN


RETURN TO THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN

BRIAN PATRICK BOLGER


  ART & STYLE

Jocelyn Hobbie, Sun Facing, 2022, oil painting, 18 x 18 inches. Image courtesy Fredericks & Freiser, NY

EXCREMENTAL MIRTH

HOW HUMOUR LAID THE WORLD BARE, FROM THE SIXTEENTH CENTURY TO THE PRESENT

KATHARINA VAN CAUTEREN


WHY ARE THERE SO MANY GREAT PAINTINGS OF WOMEN BY WOMEN RIGHT NOW?

CRAIG MCDANIEL


TWO ZEN INK PAINTINGS OF THE THIRTEENTH CENTURY

PAUL SCHOLLMEIER


FRANS HALS

DAVID BERRIDGE

  CONVERSATIONS

LIFE, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND EVOLUTION

A DIALOGUE BETWEEN A PHILOSOPHER AND A BIOLOGIST

MIKHAIL EPSTEIN AND EUGENE KOONIN


CREATIVE CONJECTURE

AN (ADDITIONAL) INTERVIEW WITH JEAN-LUC BEAUCHARD

A.T. STOJKOVICH


LEE OSER | AN INTERVIEW

JEFFREY BURNOP

  FICTION & POETRY

Ovid’s Creek #1, by Monica Angle

FOUR POEMS FROM OVID’S CREEK

SAM MAGAVERN


FIVE SONNETS

PETER AUSTIN


"SENYA IS COMING"

VALENTIN RASPUTIN


THREE POEMS

STEPHEN HAVEN


THE INEXPLICABLE HANDS OF RAVENNA 

ROYAL W.F. RHODES


  BOOKS & REVIEWS

Simone de Beauvoir, Paris, France, 1952. (Gisele Freund/Researchers History/Getty Images)

“WHO SHALL I TAKE AS MY EXAMPLE? WHO SHALL I LEARN FROM?”

NINA BERBEROVA AND SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR

IRINA VINOKUROVA


VEILS OF DISTORTION

HOW THE NEWS MEDIA WARPS OUR MINDS

JOHN ZADA


THE GODFATHER OF “SOFT POWER”

FEN OSLER HAMPSON


REJUVENATING COMMUNISM

JÉRÔME DOYON


ORDINARY MEN

CHRISTOPHER R. BROWNING

 PAST & PRESENT

GEORGE KENNAN

A VOICE OF REASON: GEORGE KENNAN ON THE FATE OF THE SOVIET UNION AND NATO EXPANSION

GEORGE KENNAN


 

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