Zizek writes into the LRB this week, in response to last week’s Lebanon issue:

Back to Brecht – and the Caucasian Chalk Circle, in which a biological mother and a stepmother are in dispute over a child and appeal to a judge. The judge takes a bit of chalk and draws a circle, then he places the baby in the middle and tells the two women that the first to pull the child out of the circle will get him. When the stepmother sees that the child is being hurt, she lets him go and, of course, the judge gives her custody, claiming that she has displayed true maternal love. One should imagine Jerusalem along these lines: whoever truly loves Jerusalem would let it go rather than see it torn apart.

(Speaking of the LRB, Verbal Privilege has me excited to visit the LRB bookstore when I am in Bloomsbury next month.)

2 thoughts on “

  1. dude, there goes your stipend–especially given the pounds/dollars exchange rate right now. have a fantastic time, and if you’re in bloomsbury, i hope you’re there in time to see the marvelous Word into Art: Artists of the Modern Middle East exhibition at the British Musuem.

  2. Shit, I will miss the exhibition by 10 days! That blows. On the plus side, I’m getting a handsome reading fee which will probably be directly deposited into the LRB bookstore’s cash registers.

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