Latest News: Posts Tagged ‘Pandemic!’

PART I: PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek in conversation with Chris Hedges for On Contact

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

“Ideology and the pandemic” — PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek interviewed for the Institute of Art and Ideas

Tuesday, July 20th, 2021

“Exactly what any seasoned observer of the Slovenian philosopher’s work would expect. A lively read, with lots of carefully placed cultural references.” — PANDEMIC! reviewed in the Irish Times

Friday, May 21st, 2021
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“Vintage Žižek” — PANDEMIC! reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Friday, May 7th, 2021

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“A compelling critique” — PANDEMIC! reviewed in Gript

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
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“Covid-19 has driven us into a collective fatigue” — PANDEMIC! featured in the Nation

Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

“The virus doesn’t only make Covid sufferers tired. It is now making even healthy people tired. In his book Pandemic! Covid-19 Shakes the World, Slavoj Žižek dedicates a whole chapter to the question ‘Why are we tired all the time?'”

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“Astute political analysis for the type of person who appreciates both pop culture and Hegel” — PANDEMIC! and PANDEMIC! 2 reviewed in DigBoston

Thursday, March 11th, 2021

“[Examines] how the rolling, exhausting crisis of the last year has altered our material conditions and our collective psyches… An accessible and astute psychological analysis of the moment.

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“How to think about Covid-19” — PANDEMIC! featured in the South China Morning Post

Friday, February 19th, 2021

“Zizek argues that there is no escape from ‘the strong state’ to fight pandemics and ecological disasters. For all its criticism and antagonism, the West may end up following China’s example in citizen surveillance and the elimination of privacy.”

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“A bold presentiment” — PANDEMIC! reviewed in Entropy

Friday, February 12th, 2021
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“Populism in the pandemic age” — PANDEMIC! featured in the New Statesman

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

“Will the Covid-19 crisis fuel populism, or extinguish it?”

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“An unquestionably dynamic thinker… Reading Zizek on the pandemic provides the rare opportunity for many readers to engage with a philosopher through a shared experience on close to a global level” — PANDEMIC! reviewed in Full Stop

Thursday, February 4th, 2021

As the pandemic wears on in the US, Zizek’s predictions turn ominous specifically because the commonsense changes are still being avoided.

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“The 10 Books That Got Us Through the Madness” — PANDEMIC! featured in Surface

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

“On March 24, Slavoj Žižek’s publisher announced that he had written Pandemic!: Covid-19 Shakes the World, a book about the coronavirus. In terms of timing, that’s roughly 100 days between the first Covid-19 outbreak and Žižek firing up the presses. It’s an impressive feat, even for the prolific philosopher-provocateur.”

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“In proposing how to tackle the crisis we must all become philosophers.” — PANDEMIC! and EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE! featured on India Today

Monday, January 11th, 2021

With most of 2020 spent in lockdown, many turned to the written word for various reasons—comfort, escape knowledge, truth. India Today brings you expert recommendations on the best 2020 had to offer.

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“How to Read a Way Out of the Crisis” — PANDEMIC!, THE MONSTER ENTERS, EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE!, and PEOPLE’S POWER featured on Philosophy Football

Tuesday, December 15th, 2020

The Coronavirus Crisis navigated by Mark Perryman’s reading guide to cause, effect and afters.

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“The Future of the Left” — PANDEMIC! 2 author Slavoj Žižek in conversation with Cornel West on the Michael Brooks Show

Friday, December 4th, 2020

NEW EVENT: PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek speaks at Frankfurt Book Fair on Saturday 10/17

Friday, October 16th, 2020

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“Slavoj Zizek: The treatment of Assange is an assault on everyone’s personal freedoms” — PANDEMIC! author and IN DEFENSE OF JULIAN ASSANGE contributor writes for RT

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
Julian Assange has had his rights stripped away in a case that should alarm millions, but too few people care because his character has been assassinated. He might have to go to prison before he gets the support he deserves.

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“Writing at the very beginning of the pandemic, Zizek predicted almost precisely what would happen in the United States” — PANDEMIC! featured on Splice Today

Monday, September 21st, 2020
In his recent book on the pandemic, Slavoj Zizek identifies a crucial deadlock faced by governments in attempting to control the virus. “A strong state is needed in times of epidemics since large-scale measures like quarantines have to be performed with military discipline,” and this may include the ruthless control of information and top-down shaping of narratives. Inevitably, “this control itself spreads distrust and thus creates even more conspiracy theories,” leading to a population that is impossible to control and difficult to lead.

Writing at the very beginning of the pandemic, Zizek predicted almost precisely what would happen in the United States: “It’s not hard to imagine that large bands of libertarians, bearing arms and suspecting that the quarantine was a state conspiracy, would attempt to fight their way out.” Meanwhile, even as media outlets struggle to debunk such conspiracies, skepticism and distrust remain pervasive:

“The central message, that shadowy elites… are somehow ultimately to blame for coronavirus epidemics is thus propagated as a doubtful rumor: ‘it’s too crazy to be true, but nonetheless, who knows… ?’ The suspension of actual truth strangely doesn’t annihilate its symbolic efficiency… the only way out is the mutual trust between the people and the state apparatuses.”

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“12 books on the COVID-19 pandemic and the long road back” — PANDEMIC! featured on Yale Climate Connections

Friday, September 11th, 2020

We live in a moment when the greatest act of love is to stay distant from the object of your affection. When governments renowned for ruthless cuts in public spending can suddenly conjure up trillions. When toilet paper becomes a commodity as precious as diamonds. And when, according to philosopher-provocateur Slavoj Zizek, a new form of communism – the outlines of which can already be seen in the very heartlands of neoliberalism – may be the only way of averting a descent into global barbarism. Written with his customary brio and love of analogies in popular culture (Quentin Tarantino and H. G. Wells sit next to Hegel and Marx), Zizek provides a concise and provocative snapshot of the crisis as it widens, engulfing us all.

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“Slavoj Žižek: Elon Musk’s desire to control our minds is dehumanizing and not what is needed in a socially distanced world” — PANDEMIC! author writes for RT

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Neuralink, which would see humans receive brain implants readable by a computer, is Elon Musk’s latest big idea. But digital control of our thinking would be a step in the wrong direction.

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“We need wartime communism” — PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek interviewed on RT

Monday, August 17th, 2020

“Profound” — PANDEMIC! reviewed by Scroll

Monday, August 10th, 2020

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“Ljubljana’s most famous son is already thinking of the next book” — PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek interviewed for the Irish Times

Monday, August 3rd, 2020
Given the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Ljubljana’s most famous son is already thinking of the next book. It will be “something like Hegel in the Viral World”, he says, having already brought out a short tract called Pandemic! in April.

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“People are totally disoriented. This is the moment of philosophy.” — PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek interviewed for Infobae

Wednesday, July 29th, 2020

“A stimulating polemic” — PANDEMIC! reviewed by Times Higher Education

Monday, July 13th, 2020
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“While we should be ruthlessly critical about our past… we should not succumb to self-contempt—respect for others based on self-contempt is always, and by definition, false.” — PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek writes for RT

Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
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“We are in the midst of a unique historical moment. We will have to invent a new way of life, new rituals.” — PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek interviewed by the Times of Israel

Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Slavoj Zizek is considered a rock star philosopher. One of the most important popular thinkers of the 21st century, he is wild and funny and bursting with charisma. A scholar rooted in the here and now and a philosopher who references Jacques Lacan and Quentin Tarantino in equal measure, he is a sought-after lecturer and a learned provocateur.

With the outbreak of the global COVID-19 health crisis, Zizek published a book called “Pandemic!” which triggered a maelstrom of reactions. The text is a brilliant analysis, delivered in real time, of the significance of the crisis that has swamped the world.

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“Why aren’t we seeing more, not less, of the political figures whose programs and insights are today more relevant than ever?” — PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek writes for RT

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
With everything that’s plunging the world into chaos right now, one thing surprising me is, why are Greta Thunberg and Bernie Sanders comparatively quiet? Make no mistake, racism, climate issues and the pandemic are all connected.

Except for a short note from Greta that she thinks she survived the Covid infection, the movement she has mobilized has failed to avoid getting drowned out by the Covid-19 pandemic panic and the anti-racism protests in the US. As for Bernie, although he advocated measures (like universal healthcare) which are now, amid the pandemic, recognized as necessary all around the world, he is also effectively nowhere to be seen or heard. Why aren’t we seeing more, not less, of the political figures whose programs and insights are today more relevant than ever?

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“Both the hard right and liberal left are steeped in racism and its legacy. The hope for change comes from elsewhere” — PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek writes for the Independent

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
What emerges in violent protests on the streets of America is an anger that cannot be adequately represented in our political space, writes Slavoj Zizek

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“The ordeal we face is not lockdown and isolation, but what happens when our societies start to move again” — PANDEMIC! author Slavoj Žižek writes for the Independent

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020
Authoritarians are exploiting this crisis, writes Slavoj Zizek. If China succeeds in Hong Kong, the violent takeover of Taiwan could be the next step – then a full scale Pacific war

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