Deirdre Bair: Jung: A Biography
Looking forward to starting this new biog of the crazy swiss mystic psychologist
J. Hoberman: The Dream Life: Movies, Media, and the Mythology of the Sixties
Excellent new cultural history of the sixties. A beautiful example of integrated reflective study linking politics with film with counter culture and the zeitgiest
Ken Plummer: Telling Sexual Stories: Power, Change and Social Worlds
Tells the emergence of new "stories" around the project Plummer calls "intimate citizenship". The stories of gays and lesbians, of survivors of rape and the self help narratives of recovery are modernist tales of "suffering, survival and surpassing" tales that are new yet mirror the form of many myths and traditional stories.
Paul Elie: The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage
Parables of writing and redemption, of the heritic and the saint, in the lives of four American Catholics who struggled to some to terms with the meaning of belief in the late 20th century. Thomas Merton, monk, Dorothy Day, radical activist, Flannery O'Conner, apocalyptic writer and Walker Percy, doctor and writer.
Giovanna Borradori: Philosophy in a Time of Terror: Dialogues With Jurgen Habermas and Jacques Derrida
A fascinating set of dialogues recorded with Jacques Derrida and Jurgen Habermas in New York a month after 9/11. An unusual juxtaposition and great exploratory essays by Borradori.
Philip Glass: Etudes for piano
Fantastic solo piano from the minimalist master the first release from his own label
Rene Jacobs: Handel's Rinaldo
Rene Jacob's new version of Rinaldo comes close to the perfect Handel opera on CD. His responsive period instrument orchestra and his gorgeous array of voices are mesmirising and beautifully in concert.