A Tribute to Moishe Postone, 1942 – 2018

  Moishe Postone was an intellectual historian, critical theorist and political economist who was the Thomas E. Donnelly Professor at the University of Chicago. He was renowned for his reinterpretation of Marx’s theory of value, outlined in his landmark tome, Time, Labour and Social Domination (1996). He passed away on March 19, 2018. Former student and KR editor Rebecca Liu reflects on his teachings and influence here. My fourth year […]

The Dazzling, Dangerous Charm of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson

  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the eighth most popular individual on Instagram. He posts mainly photos of himself working out at the gym, or promotional material relating to his latest movies. His photos invariably appear alongside comments that could be distilled to aphoristic life advice, albeit advice that tends to centre around first-person pronouns (“I make my cheat meals EPIC because, hell we all work hard and only live […]

Of Murder and Memory: An Unfinished Story from Post-War Ukraine

“I didn’t find who attacked my great-grandfather with an axe. But I think I learned who didn’t.” History bleeds into the present in Tanya Zaharchenko’s investigation of her family history in Ukraine’s eastern town of Kharkiv, replete with axe-wielding criminals, chandelier-adorned mansions, and a long-unsolved assassination.

Feminist Visions in “The Handmaiden” and “The Beguiled”

This piece explores the critical consequences of popular feminist imaginaries in the current #MeToo climate. Through a comparative film review of The Beguiled and The Handmaiden, it asks what we achieve by entertaining multiple feminisms, and questions whether a politics of representation makes space for ideological contestation in contemporary popular media.

The Real Kylie

  Hyper-sexed, under-educated, literate only insofar as she can peddle her personal brand for financial gain, 20-year-old Kylie Jenner is the national princess that America does not need, but rightfully deserves. The youngest sister of the Kardashian family sister-quintet is the eighth most followed person on Instagram with 102 million followers, only bested in her family by her sister Kim (107 million). Her personal make-up empire, ‘Kylie Cosmetics’ is reportedly […]

This Way Madness Lies: Mike Jay on Madness

Mike Jay’s work is concerned with the history of drug consumption, alternative mental states and madness. In the past years, he has written about the medical origins of laughing gas; the life of a revolutionary schizophrenic, James Tilly Matthews, and how political regimes influenced the asylum system. He has curated two shows at the Wellcome Collection: the 2010-2011 High Society and the 2017 Bedlam: asylum and beyond. We sat down […]

The Sex Life Of Objects: A Romantic Triste in the Sir John Soane Museum

Learn little by perusing this essay on the criss-crossing narrative that played out one day between two masks displayed at the Sir John Soane’s museum. Intruige, scandal, tomfoolery and ultimately the realisation of the author’s own attitudes towards sex are central to this completely solipsistic review, not of a museum, but of the subjective experience of one.

Nationalism, Brexit and Drones – A Conversation with Neal Ascherson

  Before he arrived in 1952 to study history at King’s College, Cambridge under the supervision of Marxist historian Eric Hobsbawm, Neal Ascherson was conscripted into the Royal Marines at age 18 to defend British colonial interests in Malaya against Chin Peng’s communist insurgency. It was Hobsbawm who, in his benevolently probing way during their first encounter, helped Ascherson confront his own feelings of remorse, later calling him “perhaps the […]

‘Economy, Happiness, and the Good Life:’ An Interview with Edward F. Fischer

In the second interview for the series ‘The Good Life: Conversations for the King’s Review,’ Jonas Tinius and Johannes Lenhard invited anthropologist and social entrepreneur Edward F. Fischer to reflect on the core themes of his latest book The Good Life: Aspirations, Dignity, and the Anthropology of Well-Being (Stanford, 2014). We spoke about the imperfect but valued opportunities of entrepreneurship for realising desires for a better life; hopes for a better future, and the role of economies and markets in thinking about well-being.

Farewell, neoliberalism: An interview with Wolfgang Streeck

Wolfgang Streeck is emeritus director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne. His latest book, How Will Capitalism End?, explores the crisis of capitalism today, which Yanis Varoufakis has deemed a brilliant exposé of ‘the deeply illiberal, irrational, anti-humanist tendencies of contemporary capitalism.’ KR editors Johannes Lenhard and Rebecca Liu caught up with the economic sociologist on his thoughts on Corbyn, the EU, and whether there is such thing as a […]

Age of Extraction: An Interview With Saskia Sassen

  Professor Saskia Sassen is a world-renowned scholar who teaches at Columbia University in New York. She became increasingly known in the social sciences since the early 1990s, after the publication of her book The Global City (Princeton University Press, 1991), which introduced an urban and spatial perspective into the anti-capitalist critique to late-century market models and the growing power of the digital economy. In March 2017, KR editor Giulia Torino […]

EVERNESS – the art of being dead

When somebody passes away, the way in which they are remembered and commemorated is left largely to the friends and family they leave behind. But what if living individuals could exercise more choices regarding their death and legacy? Cemeteries in the UK offer the option of booking a plot in advance of one’s death. Should the living then not be able to determine more than merely the space they will […]

Torre Bela: The Portuguese Revolution

Torre Bela, a film by the German director Thomas Harlan, explores the Portuguese revolution and centers on the 1975 occupation of an aristocratic farm by its tenants and other locals. Caroline Rito considers the role of the filmmakers themselves within the occupation, surveying their influence in the sequence of events and the significance of cinematic technologies in 20th century history.

Doing the Work: A Conversation with Patti Smith

During a brief period of respite from summer tours and performing obligations, Alice Blackhurst met Patti Smith on a humid, tropically stormy day at her home in New York City, where her cat, Cairo, stalked between the stacks of books and art objects, and the sounds of ubiquitous Manhattan traffic railed sporadically against the walls. What follows is a distilled record of an afternoon-long conversation, where the topics ranged from opera, Picasso, the pressure faced by today’s young artists to court visibility and notoriety, and the solitude and focus necessary to create enduring works of art.

Martin Amis Misses England

Our editorial fellow Christopher Prendergast offers a harsh critique of the re-apperance of novelist Martin Amis who recently announced that he misses England living in New York.

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