Many of these links have been tweeted in the past, but here I can tag and categorise them for future reference. I hope you find some of them interesting too. Please feel free to discuss in comments or on Twitter. Some of the links to PDFs change or disappear, so if something interests you download it quickly.
Adam Shatz’s LRB review (free) of Benoît Peeters’ Derrida: A Biography which, as a philosopher’s biography, is second only to Ray Monk’s Ludwig Wittgenstein:The Duty of Genius.
Pierre Bourdieu’s The Rules of Art: Genesis and Structure of the Literary Field [PDF] is often captivating, particularly his unique analysis of my favourite Flaubert novel, Sentimental Education. Bourdieu’s sociological approach offers an alternative framework for literary criticism.
Is Antonin Artaud in danger of being forgotten? Jacques Derrida’s The Secret Art of Antonin Artaud [PDF] is an important study of his theory that theatre should have a visceral affect on the audience. It is clearly a work written with love.
This Critical Thinkers guide to Antonio Gramsci [PDF] is a solid introduction to power structures and the rise of new media.
Gordon Graham’s Philosophy of the Arts [PDF] is a superb aesthetics primer that covers discusses the theories of Aristotle, Hume, Hegel, Nietzsche, Croce, Collingwood, Gadamer and Derrida.
There is nothing like the Marquis de Sade’s The 120 Days of Sodom [PDF], described by its noble author as “the most impure tale that has ever been told since our world began.” After reading Sade’s text, watch Pier Paolo Pasolini’s oft-banned film, provided in full below.
Howard Bloom’s controversial The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry [PDF]. It is either a little nuts or quite brilliant. Feel free to voice your opinion in comments.
There isn’t much that I’d disagree with on Paul Schrader’s list of cinematic masterworks Canon Fodder [PDF]. I’ve filled in the gaps in my viewing history over the last 15 months.