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2016

Headwind revolution

Emmanuel Macron: Revolution

: VG commentator Frithjof Jacobsen says in the book Project Prime Minister that "modern politics is not about educating the people and seeking support for ideological principles, but about seeking to understand what answers people want to hear"

To share is to live 

Alfred Hermida: Tell Everyone Why We Share and Why It Matters

: We all live in the nation Facebook – therefore we should mobilize a critical understanding of how this nation works. 

Bordered with boundless violence

Recce Jones: Violent Borders Refugees and the Right to Move

: The state has always tried to prevent people from moving freely and unbound. But is not man really nomadic in nature?

Above the skyscraper 

Ciro Najle: The Generic Sublime

: The Generic Sublime thinks broadly and ambitiously about a new type of urban architecture. 

Living is enough

Judith Hermann: Lettipark Stories S

: With a few sentences, Judith Hermann can roam through a lifetime.

The environmental crisis from the perspective of the stars

David Grinspoon: Earth in Human Hands – Shaping Our Planet's Future

: The day we help instead of disturbing the climate, we can talk about the "mature anthropocene".

The art of aging

Simone de Beauvoir: About old age Translated by Bente Christensen

: In order to have a good and dignified old age, we should continue to pursue goals that give life meaning.

Gude Man

Yuval Noah Harari: Homo Deus A Brief History Of Tomorrow

: Do you think you control your own destiny? The real power lies with the networks.

Post-Francoic stress syndrome

Javier Marías: Thus Bad Begins Translated by Margaret Jull CostaHamish

: Nobel laureate Javier Marías writes strongly about Spain in the years after Franco.

Explosive and jargon-heavy about contemporary art

Michael Bolt: The metamorphosis of contemporary art

: The metamorphoses of contemporary art are perhaps too interesting.

Surfing against all odds

Philip Gnadt, Mickey Yamine, Germany, 2016: Gaza Surf Club.

: This beautiful documentary takes us to the surfing world of the Gaza Strip and reveals an impressive resilience in a besieged population.

Extreme artist's mirror

Marina Abramović: Walk Through Walls

: Marina Abramovic's autobiography is as uncompromising and confrontational as her performance art.

Narcissism and resonance

Martin Altmeyer: Looking for Resonance How to change your soul life in digital modernity

: Martin Altmeyer is tired of criticism of social media and wants to redefine the concept of narcissism. But does he succeed?

Increasing conformity

Eva Oer and Christian Coers: Generation #selfie

: The selfie culture threatens to reduce us to marketing agents of our social-media personality, believe two German authors.

That day everything becomes free

Paul Mason: Post Capitalism

: In Post-Capitalism, Paul Mason argues that information technology has the potential to transcend capitalism and create forms of production independent of the traditional market. 

What has the peace movement achieved?

Christine Schweitzer and Jørgen Johansen: To prevent or stop wars – what can peace movements do?

: New book looks at what the peace movement can learn from experiences from previous peace struggles.

"The individual must see it as their highest goal to live for others"

Peter Norman Waage: Dostoevsky in dialogue.

: Dostoevsky is at least as "contemporary" an author as many of our contemporaries.

A critic's defense speech 

AO Scott: Better living through criticism.

: The critic tests how art can benefit the citizens of civil society. We need criticism more than ever! 

The hunt for the green

Eivind Hoff-Elimari: Gold or green forests. Politics for the good life.

: In a Norway where waste volumes are growing, topsoil is being reduced and greenhouse gas emissions are increasing, Eivind Hoff-Elimari will wake up his fellow citizens.

Everyday Utopias

Frederick Jameson: An American Utopia

: Political opposition exists in existing institutions and in everyday life, says Frederick Jameson.