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On LOVE FAITH CHOICE – Siri Hustvedt on Kierkegaard at The Royal Library

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Søren Kierkegaard’s thinking belongs to the whole world. The Royal Library is therefore celebrating his 200th anniversary by making him part of the international conversation. With Kierkegaard’s thinking as the sounding-board four world names will be interviewed live about their respective métiers. Paul Holdengräber in conversation with the American writer Siri Hustvedt, the famous french philosopher Pascal Bruckner and Danish Noma-chef René Redzepi The Royal Library Copenhagen, Denmark Sunday 5 May 2013 at 16:00 For more information: The Royal Library

Siri Hustvedt wins 2012 Gabarron International Award for Thought and Humanities

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From The Gabarron: Siri Hustvedt “For her tireless investigative work, that has allowed her to integrate with a single voice and highly original ideas of philosophy, neuroscience, psychology or psychoanalysis in her literary, creative and documentary work. The Jury has also wanted to underscore her contribution to the understanding and discovery of Fine Arts, through her many essays and articles.” The members of the jury have awarded the prize to the American novelist, poet and essayist, after having reviewed the 17 candidates from Argentina, Spain, the United States, France, India, England, Italy and Mexico. Read More: http://www.gabarron.org/Awards/Awards/Awards2012/Winners

Siri on Why There is No Stephanie Jobs

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What If Steve Jobs Had Been a Woman - A Biased Culture for Heroes, by Siri Hustvedt Steve Jobs is an icon of late capitalism. A parallel, equal feminine icon is impossible. No matter how sleek her products, the hypothetical Stephanie Jobs could not and would not occupy the same place in our culture as her brother. It is not that there are no female entrepreneurs or CEO’s, no brilliant women who can package a product as well as any man, but rather, that Jobs is the projection of an idea that remains hyper-masculine, a rags to riches American myth for our era. Along with beautifully designed computers and phones, Jobs sold himself as tech hero, master of a new revolutionary culture of connectivity that is still coded as male not female. Read more: http://openthoughts.blogs.uoc.edu/2012/07/biased-culture-for-heroes.html

Featured Review: The Observer’s Sally Vickers places Hustvedt “in the vanguard of contemporary essayists.”

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Living, Thinking, Looking, by Siri Hustvedt by Sally Vickers, The Observer Siri Hustvedt is best known as a novelist and her novels have received a deserved acclaim. But to my mind, she is even more to be admired as an essayist (in this regard I feel that she resembles Virginia Woolf) where her ideas can enjoy the kind of intellectual expansion that a good novelist must disdain. This collection is divided into the three subjects of the title and while there are many internal resonances between the sections, the title's clarity gives a flavour of the whole collection's tone. For while there is nothing simple about Hustvedt's subject matter – it ranges from migraine to Goya via existential philosophy and psychoanalysis – there is something refreshingly straightforward about her style. It has the confidence born of complex but well digested thoughts and thus ...

Featured Review: The Shaking Woman on Californica.net

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The Shaking Woman, or a History of My Nerves, by Siri Hustvedt by Jason Tougaw Siri Hustvedt’s The Shaking Woman, or a History of My Nerves, is a genre-bending memoir that calls itself an essay and manages somehow to read like a mystery novel. The mystery plot is driven by Hustvedt’s search for the roots of her body’s startling behavior: the sudden onset of a condition that caused her to convulse when she spoke in public (which she did often). The first incident occurred at a memorial service for her father: Read more: http://californica.net/2011/10/14/the-shaking-woman-or-a-history-of-my-nerves-by-siri-hustvedt/

Siri Hustvedt and António Damásio at the Neuropsychoanalysis Conference in Berlin

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"Gert Scobel trifft die Bestsellerautorin Siri Hustvedt und den international bekannten Neurowissenschaftler António Damásio im Radialsystem V, einem Kulturareal im Herzen Berlins. Dabei geht es auch um die Frage, ob man sich selbst bis in den letzten Winkel des Unterbewusstseins kennen kann..."

The Summer Without Men listed for the Prix Femina 2011

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The Prix Femina is a French literary prize created in 1904 by 22 writers for the magazine La Vie heureuse (today known as Femina). The prize is decided each year by an exclusively female jury, although the authors of the winning works do not have to be women. The winner is announced on the first Wednesday of November each year."

What Is Sleep?

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I am convinced that during bouts of insomnia I have sometimes slept without knowing it. The thoughts of waking seem to mingle with thoughts that may be part of sleep. Has the clock moved too quickly? Did I doze off? Some years ago in a rented house in Vermont, I couldn’t sleep and lay awake listening to the sounds of mice in the walls, bears that sounded like owls calling to each other in the woods and the wind in the trees. I then dreamed I was lying awake on the very bed where in fact I was sleeping, but someone had broken into the house. Because the room where I actually was and the room I dreamed were identical, the threshold between waking and sleeping had blurred and, when I woke up, I thought I heard the burglar moving ...

Who’s Afraid of Sigmund Freud?

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Sigmund Freud makes people irritable. Whenever someone mentions Freud, say, at a dinner party, I see eyes roll and listen to the nasty remarks that follow. The received knowledge, even among some highly educated and informed people, is that Freud was wrong and can be relegated to history’s garbage can where we discard outmoded ideas. There are still defenders of Freud’s theories, of course, but in my experience, the general attitude is one of out-and-out hostility. Continue reading this post at PsychologyToday.com.

Notes on Seeing

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1. To look and not see: an old problem. It usually means a lack of understanding, a inability to divine the meaning of something in the world around us. 2. Cognitive scientists have repeatedly conducted the following experiment and, without fail, they come up with same results. An audience is asked to watch a film of two teams playing basketball. They are given a job to count the number of times the ball changes hands. I have done this, and one has to be very attentive to follow the motion of the ball. In the middle of the game, a man wearing a gorilla suit walks onto the court, turns to the camera, thumps his chest and leaves. Half the people do not see the great ape. They do not believe that he was actually there until the film is replayed ...