Disjecta: This week's links

Baskerville Italic: What's your typeface?

This week, new evidence comes to light suggesting that French philosopher René Descartes may have been poisoned. The Guardian reflects on the lost translations of Jorges Luis Borges. And Iain Sinclair discusses the lasting artistic legacy of J. G. Ballard. In addition, there are new interviews with eccentric Austrian filmmaker Werner Herzog, unseen photographs from Francis Bacon's studio, and an article by Will Self on British arts presenter Melvyn Bragg.


J. G. Ballard: Iain Sinclair on Ballard's artistic legacy
Arthur Koestler: The Guardian profiles the troubled European novelist
J. D. Salinger: Evidence suggests Salinger wrote long after he stopped publishing
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: The Goethe Walking Group
William Faulkner: On Faulkner's drinking habits
William S. Burroughs: Interviewed by The Paris Review
E-books: Why Charlie Brooker is an e-book convert
Jorge Luis Borges: The Guardian on Borges' lost translations
Best-Read Presidents of the United States
The Cult's Top Ten Books of 2009
Typo of the day for librarians

Philosophy & Critical Theory:

René Descartes: Was Descartes poisoned by a Catholic priest?
Simon Critchley: On the importance of critical theory to social movements
Judith Butler: On the importance of critical theory to social movements
Jacques Ranciere: On the importance of critical theory to social movements
Sigmund Freud: Hitler painting owned by Freud to be sold at auction
Boredom: Colin Bisset on boredom


Francis Bacon: Unseen images of wrestlers made in Bacon's studio
J. G. Ballard: BBC reports on art exhibition inspired by Ballard's work
J. G. Ballard: The Financial Times reviews Ballardian art exhibition
Fonts/Typefaces: Critical Cookie asks 'What's your type?'
Bauhaus: 1994 documentary, Bauhaus: The Face of the 20th Century


Werner Herzog: Sign and Sight interviews the Austrian filmmaker
Werner Herzog: Translated interview fragments published on Nomadics


Samuel Beckett: BFI Recommends Waiting for Godot at London's Haymarket Theatre
Samuel Beckett: Happy Days playbill from 1965, starring Madeleine Renaud, available from Ebay
Thomas Bernhard: Review of Bernhard's play, Heldenplatz


Will Self: On hotel breakfasts
Will Self: On Melvyn Bragg, the South Bank Show and In Our Time

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