Archives for March 2014

MARCH/APRIL BLOG LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN

Threnodies for  S.H. 1. Yesternow Stuart Hall is dead. The world,  especially that part of it he directly  inhabited with his ideas and his presence, is a much less interesting and hopeful place  for his passing. He had become a cultural icon of  the Left and a man for  all seasons.  Something  a contemporary  wrote about   Thomas More, the original bearer  of that  sobriquet,  might well  be reiterated by those who mourn S.H.  today  : ‘a man of an angel’s wit and singular learning. I know not his fellow. For where is the man of that gentleness, lowliness and affability? And, as time requireth, a man of marvelous mirth and pastimes, and sometime of as sad gravity’[i]. For many  of us  on  the Left, his work was  an intellectual  compass by which  to get our bearings  in the face of  the many twists and turns  of  contemporary capitalism. Even for [Read More…]