Picture Book: Sharon Marcus, Robert Pippin, and Walter Benjamin's THE ARCADES PROJECT

February 2nd, 2020

Ahead of the Oscars, Open Stacks returns with a long red carpet full of books on Hollywood, Hitchcock, Hegel and more, with scholars Sharon Marcus on The Drama of Celebrity and Robert B. Pippin’s Filmed Thought. Plus, re-viewing The Arcades Project and seeing Self-Help through the lens of Samuel Beckett. Fail better, read better on this episode of Open Stacks: The Seminary Co-op Bookstore Podcast.

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Esteemed author and English Professor at Columbia University, Sharon Marcus sat down with us to discuss her new book, The Drama of Celebrity, an analysis of the evolution of concepts like celebrity over time, and some of the key figures integral to this evolution, most notably Sarah Bernhardt, whom she deems the "godmother of celebrity culture." The following online editorials from Vox, The New York Times, and LitHub explore this subject in continued depth. And you can browse more books discussed with Marcus in the stacks below. 

Professor Robert B. Pippin discussed his latest book, Filmed Thought: Cinema as Reflective Form, in conversation with David Welbery December 3, 2019 at the Co-op. Accompanying his previous work on the intersection of philosophy and film, The Philosophical Hitchcok, Pippin shared a list of Critical Reads on the subject.


On November 8th of last year, the Co-op partnered with The Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT) to host a panel discussion on the 20th anniversary of the publication of Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project and the new translation of his Origin of the German Trauerspiel, with Bill Brown, D. N. Rodowick, and Lindsay Waters (pictured above, from left to right). We featured this event alongside Robert Pippin's discussion on film on this week's episode. 

This episode was produced by Elliot Ducree, Veronica Karlin, and Jackson Roach. It features music by Andrei Pohorelsky, Kevin MacLeod, Blue Dot Sessions, and johnny_ripper.

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