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MODERN TIMES's critics write about literature
(international political prose, ethical and existential themes, as well as some fiction)
- reviews of around 15 books each month.

Food is never just about food

FOOD GLOBALIZATION: When goods are constantly crossing borders. What the corona pandemic can teach us about ourselves and the world we live in.

The drop that causes the cup to overflow

resurrection: The three books are equal parts revolutionary manifestos for those who want an analysis of the state of affairs, and strategic manuals for those who have already taken to the streets and revolted.

The experience of the world

dystopic: Who is locked inside without knowing it, who is outside in the open? Who is free to ask the important questions?

The eerie valley on the west coast of the United States

TECH-Arbejder: Anna Wiener was seduced by Silicon Valley's future promises and tried to suppress her resistance impulses until it all one day became too meaningless.

The question of technique

Things are starting to behave. But the fact that things around us are getting smarter does not necessarily mean that we ourselves are getting smarter, quite the contrary.

A manifesto for democracy and human rights

REBEL: Joshua Wong started a protest movement against the Chinese authorities, but was refused to stand for election in Hong Kong.

The age of panic

KATE stanza: We humans have lost control of the development we have initiated. The catastrophe is a warning that comes too late, and the elites make themselves unresponsive to the danger signals. Can we avoid panicky escape from the common problems?

The void after father

Fathers missed: Sibylle Lacan, daughter of psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, tells of a sore father relationship in this short but strong memoir.

The poet and thinker are individually orchids

cultural history: Celan wanted Heidegger to apologize for supporting Adolf Hitler. With such thinkers, how can they contribute to a society at par with human potential?
Book tips for the summer. (Photo: Pixabay)

Recommended literature this summer

Book tips MODERN TIMES's critics and editors recommend books for the summer holidays.

The borderland is militarized

NEKROSTATSBORGERSKAB: Much has been made of Trump's "beautiful" wall, but the borderland between the United States and its neighbor to the south has been militarized and cut up by fences and walls for more than a decade.

"What we want to say 'yes' to."

BOOK: Photographer Kajsa Gullberg is a Socrates light in the sex club. The photographs from the club are blurred and reddish.

Raw, naked and masculine

RACISM? Before, it was the Baroque who seduced Mbembe, now it's brutalism - used as an analytical breakthrough to understand Africa and its relationship to Europe.

«The disciplinary community was born out of the great plague epidemics»

CONTROL: Today, millions of racialized bodies have become redundant in relation to capital's metabolism and enrolled in a digitally mediated nexus of exclusion, control, and destruction technologies. MODERN TIMES here goes into the theme via author Achille Mbembe in three articles.

Hatred is an integral part of American popular culture

USA: American religious scientist puts his finger on the convulsive attempts of the liberalist society to cover up the injustices of the past.

New energy production must be decarbonised, decentralized and digitized

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY: The climate crisis is an energy crisis. Today, the environmental movement must be careful not to support capitalist exploitation through well-intentioned green innovations.

Together for life

SYMBIOSE: We must think differently about both man and computer. Their being is more entangled than we think, and both change and adapt to each other.
Violence and Political Theory

Violence is politicized, and politics becomes violence

VIOLENCE IN THEORY AND PRACTICE: The world is violent. Do we get bogged down by the rhetoric of violence?

Flashy Norwegian-supported consumption in Africa

CONSUMPTION AND CORRUPTION: We haven't heard much about Luanda Leaks in Norway. Perhaps because it is embarrassing that Statoil paid NOK 420 million to a non-existent research center owned by Angola's state oil company Sonangol, where Isabel dos Santos was the director until she was fired in November 2017?

How capitalist alienation has assumed form

MEDIA fellowship: An analysis of how human relationships, including language, have been staged. Here in a cool elegance, what Debord himself called "the style of negation."

From stone age hunting to industrial slaughter

PLANT COST: Is there no way beyond meat?
Camus The Plague

Pandemics and the free man

DISASTERS: Is there anything to learn from Albert Camus' plague, or is the book hyped up due to the corona pandemic?

Dormant ideological viruses

KORONA: Will a far more favorable ideological virus spread and hopefully infect us, the virus that makes us think of another society, beyond the nation-state, a society that realizes itself as global solidarity and cooperation?

Simply earthlings

Migrant: How hospitable can you expect to be? Those who do not belong anywhere become poets, because they have to invent a new form of world citizenship, writes Alain Badiou.

A dance with words

CRITICISM OF THE CRITICIAN: In The Disintegration of a Critic, a selection of Jill Johnston's personal and special reviews are presented and criticized by other writers and artists.