“Pas du tout! I am a Bolshevik.”

It is hard to see how a figure so marvelously intemperate could ever be bridled to the satisfaction of the Anglo-American mainstream. Still, the intellectual historian Robert Zaretsky has made an impressive attempt to win over skeptics in his new book, The Subversive Simone Weil: A Life in Five Ideas. Somewhere between biography and philosophical overview, Zaretsky’s study sorts Weil’s views into five central categories. Each of the corresponding chapters integrates discussion of her personal eccentricities with analyses, rehabilitations, and critiques of her thought. The results are lucid and informative, but the restraint inherent to the medium, in this case the sensible academic monograph, threatens to undermine the extremity of Weil’s fiercely singular and ferociously subversive message.




Instead of hoping that I get well enough that I don’t have to sleep with this tacky plastic basin next to my bed, I’m just going to find a vomit receptacle that blends in with my room’s decor.

I could puke in a nice vase.

No capacity

CBC Lite | Quebec ERs ‘on the verge of a breakdown’ and need help, emergency doctor says
— Read on www.cbc.ca/lite/story/1.6099487

We don’t have healthcare capacity for even small additional covid waves. We don’t even have healthcare capacity for non-covid issues right now.

Techno-Feudalism Is Taking Over by Yanis Varoufakis – Project Syndicate

The claim that capitalism is being toppled by a new economic model comes on the heels of many premature forecasts of capitalism’s demise, especially from the left. But this time it may well be true, and the signs that it is have been visible for a while.
— Read on www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/techno-feudalism-replacing-market-capitalism-by-yanis-varoufakis-2021-06