Cioran, archives paradoxales. Tome VI – Nouvelles approches critiques (2022)

Comment comprendre l’étrange passion de Cioran pour l’échec, sa fascination pour l’apothéose du désastre, son admiration pour les ratés? Les études réunies ici analysent tout un sublime cioranien de l’échec, comme expérience existentielle et comme art et écriture de l’échec. How can we understand Cioran’s strange passion for failure, his fascination with the apotheosis of… Continue lendo Cioran, archives paradoxales. Tome VI – Nouvelles approches critiques (2022)

Outliers: Why Some People Succeed and Some Don’t – Malcolm GLADWELL

The gifted individual feels loneliness more intensely in homogeneous cultural forms than in complex ones, as the specificity of a subjective background of life prevents him from discovering a particular direction that could lead him to integration. The individual transcends solitude, establishing relationships and correspondences, thanks to which he ceases to constitute an irreducibility to… Continue lendo Outliers: Why Some People Succeed and Some Don’t – Malcolm GLADWELL

Your Life is Not a Hero’s Journey

"Insomnia is the only form of heroism compatible with the bed." (Cioran) Why are stories so purposefully structured whereas our reality is so often messy and chaotic? Why do characters have clear transformative arcs when our identities and personal journeys are so much more complex than that? It's questions like these, and their implications… Continue lendo Your Life is Not a Hero’s Journey

An admiration of F. Scott Fitzgerald

HTMLGIANT - The Internet Literature Magazine Blog of the Future, April 12th, 2013 Anathemas and Admirations by E. M. Cioran Arcade Publishing, Nov 2012 272 pages / $14.95 E.M. Cioran’s work indicates the caustic philosophical consequences of sleepless rumination upon insignificance and failure. It is thick with anxiety, but retains buoyancy, the sick humour of… Continue lendo An admiration of F. Scott Fitzgerald

“In praise of failure” – Costica BRADATAN

The New York Times, December 15, 2013 If there was ever a time to think seriously about failure, it is now. Costica Bradatan is an associate professor in the Honors College at Texas Tech University and the religion and comparative studies editor for The Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the author of the forthcoming Dying… Continue lendo “In praise of failure” – Costica BRADATAN

“Why we fail and how” – Costica BRADATAN

Los Angeles Review of Books, September 24, 2017 DIOGENES THE CYNIC (c. 412 BC–323 BC) apparently had to flee his native city of Sinope because he was caught in a scandal involving the defacement of Sinopean currency. He managed to save face, though, and switched from a failing career in counterfeiting to a more promising… Continue lendo “Why we fail and how” – Costica BRADATAN

“Matéi Visniec à la recherche d’Émile Cioran” (Eric Levéel)

STUDIA UNIVERSITATIS BABEŞ-BOLYAI, DRAMATICA, 2/2010, Anul LV, 2010, pp. 43-53. ABSTRACT. Matéi Vişniec’s play Paris Attic overlooking Death (2005) reconstructs Emil Cioran fictionally through his “last” journey in his adopted city: Paris. Vişniec cleverly moves away from the hagiographic trappings to imagine – and re‐imagine – Cioran’s complex life, and Romanian past. This article questions… Continue lendo “Matéi Visniec à la recherche d’Émile Cioran” (Eric Levéel)

“After affirmation, or, being a loser. On vitalism, sacrifice, and cinders” (Paul Harrison)

GeoHumanities, Durham University, 1 (2). pp. 285-306. What could it mean to hesitate before life? To be unwilling or unable to affirm existence? And who or what would suggest such a thing? What type of monster would embrace sadness over joy, despair over hope, failure over success? And yet this is what is proposed. This… Continue lendo “After affirmation, or, being a loser. On vitalism, sacrifice, and cinders” (Paul Harrison)

“El filósofo del fracaso: Émile M. Cioran” (Costica Bradatan)

Originalmente publicado en inglés: The Los Angeles Book Review, 28 de noviembre, 2016. Este ensayo se incluirá en el libro En elogio del fracaso, título contratado por Harvard University Press. Traducción de María del Carmen Navarrete. Para algunos, fue uno de los pensadores más subversivos de su época, un Nietzsche del siglo XX, sólo que más sombrío y con un mejor sentido… Continue lendo “El filósofo del fracaso: Émile M. Cioran” (Costica Bradatan)