Maurice Blanchot Archive

Harvard acquires manuscripts, typescripts, notebooks and proofs by the post-war French writer and philosopher

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Houghton Library has acquired the archive of French writer, literary theorist, and philosopher Maurice Blanchot (1907-2003) from his daughter, Cidalia Blanchot. Christie McDonald, Smith Professor of French Language and Literature at Harvard University, said, “I am thrilled by Houghton’s acquisition of this important archive.  Scholars will have unprecedented access to material that will give us a deeper understanding of his work.”

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The Movie San Andreas: Nature Always Wins

Just watched San Andreas (SPOILER ALERT) with Dwayne The Rock Johnson​ — a few thoughts:

— Nature will always be a reminder that human aspirations have their limitations ( A great scene is when Carla and Dwayne are boating through the desolation to find their daughter, and they pause to a middle-size boat suspended between two buildings).

— Although, the movie ends with a pro-American indomitable spirit type message (by the waving of an unfolding flag on the Golden Gate Bridge), the protagonists blindly forget the desolation surrounding them; a a typical pro-political stance toward American foreign politics

— The one thing that stands the test of time, is that in tragedy, in loss, in apocalyptic moments, what is most important, is not national spirit, but, of the human responsibility toward mutual care and radical sacrifice in the face of the death. In simple terms: When the shit hits the fan, we need to rely on each other, that is the thread that will pull us through despite our differences.