Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Poseur corner

Me in the New Humanist, singing the praises of Ernst Bloch's Evan Calder Williams-esque Atheism in Christianity - reminding me that I really ought to get them to use a better photo of me than the one they're using, which was posed on a trip to a 'heritage railway' in Hampshire, hence flatcap, jaunty expression and (out of shot) 30s Penguin paperback. Also, note that the last line of the piece was not written by me - I have never heard Terry Eagleton cheering, and the very idea fills me with horror.

Those who can read Polish can find words I actually used along with better photos, taken from here, in this interview with me by Agata Pyzik for Notes (PDF, on p64-71). Ms Pyzik also blogs intriguingly at Nuits Sans Nuit Et Quelques Jours Sans Jour, on cinema, art and matters aesthetic.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Owen, Peter Thompson here, the author of the intro to Bloch's Atheism and Christianity. Just wanted to say thank you for the very erudite review in the New Humanist.

2:58 pm  
Blogger Benjamin said...

You look a right cheeky chappie...
I certainly also hope never to hear TE cheering; a bad day for all of us

3:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You do seem to be featuring a lot more photos of yourself recently! Are you making a bid for 'Late Review' or something?

6:47 pm  
Blogger owen hatherley said...

Damn you! My fiendish plan for talking-head status is rumbled.

7:05 pm  
Anonymous Gabe said...

If you're going to talk about rebuilding cities, you should read Dreams and Stones by Magdelena Tulli which is a Calvino-esque prose poem about the rebuilding of Warsaw. I'd also be interested to hear what you think of the University Library (the Varsovians I know are very proud of it).

7:58 pm  
Blogger agata pyzik said...

I can only confirm that. Tulli has been translated into English, I suppose. and thanks for the kind advertising, Owen :>

8:48 pm  
Blogger Dejan Nikolic said...


Christianity has always taught of the weakness and fall of man, of the sinfulness and weakness of human nature. At the same time, Christian anthropology recognizes the absolute and royal significance of man, since it teaches the incarnation of God and the divine possibilities in man, the mutual inter-penetration of divine and human natures. But for some deep reason, hidden in the secret of times and seasons, Christianity never revealed in its fullest what one might venture to call a Christology of man, that is the secret of man's divine nature, a dogma of man, analogous to the dogma of Christ. Christianity has revealed the nature of the Holy Trinity and the nature of Christ, but very little of the nature of man. ... And yet in Christian revelation the truth about man's divine nature is really only the reverse of the medal of truth about Christ's human nature. The Christology of man is inseparable from that of the Son of God: Christ's self-consciousness is inseparable from that of man. The Christological revelation is also an anthropological revelation. And the task of humanity's religious consciousness is to reveal the Christological consciousness of man. (MCA, 80)

1:41 am  
Blogger roger said...

Shouldn't it be poser? Poseur is, of course, the poser's version of poseur.

2:57 am  
OpenID learningarchitecture said...

Your eyes are doing something quite magnetic in that photograph. I'd vote for a stay of execution, it suggests a critic with a highly inquisitive gaze, maybe even two simultaneous highly inquisitive gazes.

7:40 pm  
Blogger owen hatherley said...

So I'm boss-eyed, what of it, eh? So was Sartre.

Btw, Peter Thompson - many thanks for taking the trouble to comment here, and apologies for the comments thread ending up being about my ego.

12:33 am  
Blogger Bouvard said...

Thank you, Owen,
for reminding of Ernst Bloch, whom "everyone" knew and read in the 60ties and 70ties -at least in Germany, from where a German reader is sending her finest regards

who really enjoyed your New Humanist-article

7:21 pm  
Blogger bat020 said...

"note that the last line of the piece was not written by me"

Bloody hell, that's exceptionally poor editing on their part then.

10:47 pm  
Blogger socialism and/or barbarism said...

Haha. This is indeed the book I would have written had I been born a German utopian Marxist. (Instead of an American Satanic-apocalyptic Marxist, I suppose.)

Great review, by the way.

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