Archive | August, 2008

17. “Unstitching the carefully tailored suit” – among the dead philosophers

“The book is written against the view that a philosopher’s biography is of no importance and that philosophy can be reduced to a series of systems of thought. It’s really an attempt to rewrite the history of philosophy as a history of philosophers. That was the way that philosophy was taught until the eighteenth century. […]

Continue Reading · 30 August 2008 · podcasts, religion and belief, science and philosophy

First Four for Faber

Over the last few months I’ve been producing a new podcast for Faber and Faber, which you can find on their recently relaunched website here. In the first four podcasts, which are now available on iTunes, I talk to – among others – Hanif Kureishi, Peter Carey, Sebastian Barry (pictured left) and Junot Díaz. The […]

Continue Reading · 20 August 2008 · literature, podcasts

Troubled Rainbow Nation

The third podcast I’ve recorded for Le Monde diplomatique has just gone up on their site. In it I interview Johann Rossouw, editor of the publication’s Afrikaans edition, about the recent violent events in his country. He talks about what sparked those events, but looks behind the proximate causes to the deeper roots in the […]

Continue Reading · 14 August 2008 · history and politics, podcasts

The White Tiger’s Cautionary Tale

“I see this in a sense as a cautionary tale. What my narrator is is a white tiger – he’s unusual for his time. Very few servants in India actually kill their masters and take their money…” Aravind Adiga’s debut novel was recently selected for the Booker long-list, so I thought I’d make available this […]

Continue Reading · 13 August 2008 · literature, podcasts

16. “Our sweaty ape hands on the thermostat”

“The chemistry of this is more than a century old… The basic physics of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases has been known for a very long time. In fact some back-of-the-envelope calculations were made then which more or less stand the test of time a century later.” A few weeks back I met Mark […]

Continue Reading · 3 August 2008 · history and politics, podcasts, science and philosophy, technology and communication