Umberto Eco’s Inventing the Enemy & Other Occasional Writings | Translated by Richard Dixon, published by Mariner Books in 2013 | Our meetings: January to June, 2022

Jan 16, 2022  Inventing the Enemy

Jan 30, 2022  Absolute and Relative

Feb 13, 2022 The Beauty of the Flame

Feb 27, 2022 Treasure Hunting

March 13, 2022 Fermented Delights & No Embryos in Paradise (two essays)

March 27, 2022 Hugo, Hélas! The Poetics of Excess

April 10, 2022 Censorship and Silence & Living by Proverbs (two essays)

April 24, 2022 Imaginary Astronomies

May 8, 2022 I Am Edmond Dantès!

May 22, 2022 Ulysses: That’s All We Needed…

June 5, 2022 Why the Island is Never Found

June 19, 2022 Thoughts on WikiLeaks


Ernesto Laclau’s On Populist Reason (Sep – Dec 2021)

Sep 12, 2021: “Populism: Ambiguities and Paradoxes” (OPR, pp. 3-20)

Sep 26, 2021: “Le Bon: Suggestion and Distorted Representations” (OPR, pp. 21-30)

Oct 24, 2021: “Suggestion, Imitation, Identification” (OPR, pp. 31-64)

Nov 7, 2021: “The ‘People’ and the Discursive Production of Emptiness” (OPR, pp. 67-128)

Nov 21, 2021: “The ‘People’ and the Discursive Production of Emptiness” – Continued

Dec 5, 2021: “Floating Signifiers and Social Heterogeneity” (OPR, pp. 129-156)

Dec 19, 2021: “Populism, Representation and Democracy” (OPR, pp. 157-171)


The Jung Reader, Edited by David Tacey (June – Aug 2021)

June 20, 2021: “General Introduction: Jung’s Analytic Psychology” (pp. 1-24)

July 4, 2021: “Basic Postulates of Analytic Psychology” (47-60)

July 18, 2021: “The Stages of Life” (80-92)

Aug 15, 2021: “The Relation between the Ego and the Unconscious” (93-134)

Aug 29, 2021: “On the Concept of the Archetype” & “Phenomenology of Self” (151-178)


Writers’ Group

The aim of the group is to energize our individual writing projects through a sense of community and support. We get together once a month to talk about our goals, observations, obstacles, and resources. You don’t need to have a clear or “serious” writing project to be a part of this group. You might want to experiment with keeping a diary, or a dream journal, or a blog about films; you might want to keep track of and reflect more systematically on what you read; or, you might want to write a book. In my experience, pursuing any of these goals would benefit from having a group of people with whom you can freely discuss about writing.