Tag archive: death

The (Im)Personality of Death

The (Im)Personality of Death

The following is an edited version of a talk given  at the launch of The Living and the Dead, 2017   This book, The Living and the Dead, came from various places and various trajectories. It is a book that is at once intensely personal and intensely impersonal. And in saying this, that it is…

Death and the Storyteller

Death and the Storyteller

Walter Benjamin’s essay, The Storyteller  has been widely celebrated for many decades now. And yet amidst that celebration I have come across little direct or focused engagement with the position death plays within Benjamin’s considerations. It is an understandable omission, as death is certainly not the focus of the essay, and yet the position which it occupies…

Excerpt from The Living and the Dead: Dwelling

Excerpt from The Living and the Dead: Dwelling

The following is an excerpt from The Living and the Dead (Repeater Books 2016) There will be a launch event for The Living and the Dead on 4th May 2017 at The Word Bookshop, New Cross So what then are the dwelling-places of the human? Are not our houses and huts, our tents and caves, our urban and rural…

Tendencies of Life and Death

Tendencies of Life and Death

Originally published on Through Europe, April 2014   Life forever holds within itself, coiled at the very centre of its unfolding, the fearful promise of death. That death, emerging from the shadows of the living, from the darkness that forever follows the living, brings about an absolute end-of-life, brings down its sickle upon the vitality…

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