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Smart Reads: Sontag, Simone Weil, and Keret House

Culture

Smart Reads: Sontag, Simone Weil, and Keret House

Today in culture: a Lolita ad campaign, Simone Weil, and Keret House

The art of the projectionist, in photos.

Art books of 2012.

“As [Philip] Larkin said of the opposite, ‘Not being loved, that nothing cures.’” Andrew Sullivan on coming out and being able to be human.

-”I love the idea of your furious marginalia—love the idea of a book being transformed by your own remarks, to become this dialogue.” Kate Zambreno interviewed at The Rumpus.

-The best vintage book ad you’ll see all week.

-”Some lives are exemplary, others not; and of exemplary lives, there are those which invite us to imitate them, and those which we regard from a distance with a mixture of revulsion, pity, and reverence. It is, roughly, the difference between the hero and the saint (if one may use the latter term in an aesthetic, rather than a religious sense). Such a life, absurd in its exaggerations and degree of self-mutilation—like Kleist’s, like Kierkegaard’s—was Simone Weil’s.” Back-in-the-day jam: Susan Sontag reviews essays by Simone Weil in the first issue of the New York Review of Books.

-Welcome to Keret house, a quite narrow yet elegantly designed living space made for, and inspired by the work of, Israeli author Etgar Keret.