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Happy Birthday, Gérard de Nerval!

Gérard de Nerval was born May 22nd, 1808. A perennial literary figure of the vernal and the surreal, the temporal and the infinite, the accessible and the gnostic, he has fascinated poets, writers and artists for generations. 

Nerval’s real name was Gérard Labrunie. Famous for walking his pet lobster (named Thibault) about Paris, Nerval's eccentric 

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Between Sprawl, Slum and Hope: Urban Studies @ NYPL

The United Nations' Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division estimated that by the end of 2008, for the first time in human history, the Earth's population was more than half concentrated into urban areas. 

Whether we prefer it or not, the near future certainly involves city living, apartments, mass transportation, and all the other pros and cons of high density urban life. While

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Modern War and Strategy at the Library, Part I

The foundational literature of leadership, strategy and war and where to find it in the collections of the NYPL.

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Consciousness Studies @ NYPL!

Consciousness studies is at the forefront of science's last great investigative projects. While neglected for many years by mainstream academia as a result of dominance by behaviorist psychology, interest in the science of consciousness has exploded in the last decade, with new activity in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and other areas.

How exactly does a material brain... give rise to immaterial thoughts, or "consciousness"?

While many in the humanities still hold to the idea of philosophy being the paramount scholarly effort 

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Lacan @ the Library!

Many don’t know it, but New York Public Library has a substantial collection of books by influential French psychoanalyst, Jacques Lacan, as well as his multitudinous acolytes. 

Lacan gave yearly seminars in Paris from 1953 to 1981, and was a major presence among French intellectuals for the remainder of the twentieth century. Lacan greatly influenced the 

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The Terminal Beach

This is the final week of the March Reader's Den! We've been reading The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard incompletely, but nothing is truly complete of course without appropriating its own finitude!

Let's consider a few thoughts/questions before wrapping up...

1) All sensationalism aside, what can we make of this "story"? 

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Exhibiting Atrocities

"At the age of 16, I discovered Freud and the surrealists, a stick of bombs that fell in front of me and destroyed all the bridges I was hesitating to cross."  —J.G. Ballard

March! What a lovely month to be reading the "poet of the new bad things"!

It's the third week now, and maybe you are asking yourself, "Wow I really enjoy this Ballard fellow! Who are some other writers like him that would be worth my time to sit down and read?"

I would reply, (OF COURSE) "Why you simply must read

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Future: Now

And we're back!

Today, these are the pieces we'll be covering from The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard:

    Introduction by Martin Amis The Concentration City (p. 23) Now:Zero (p. 96) The Last World of Mr. Goddard (p. 196) Mr. F is Mr. F. (p. 255) The Man on the 99th Floor (p. 405) The Subliminal Man (p. 412) The Venus Hunters (p. 495)

For those of you 

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"The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard"

Sex x technology = the future.

 Welcome to the Reader’s Den! 

This month’s selection is the formidable tome, The Complete Short Stories of J.G. Ballard.

The late, great Ballard died only last year: April 21, 2009. His NY Times obituary is here, and, as it states, “The 

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