Born OTD in 1932, Jamaican-born British Marxist sociologist, cultural theorist & political activist, Stuart Hall. ‘Sometimes I feel I was the last colonial’ This is the story, in his own words, of the extraordinary life of Stuart Hall: writer, thinker & one of the leading intellectual lights of his age. Growing up in a middle-class family in 1930s Jamaica, then still a British colony, Hall found himself caught between two worlds: the stiflingly respectable middle class in Kingston, who, in their habits & ambitions, measured themselves against the white planter elite; & working-class & peasant Jamaica, neglected & grindingly poor, though rich in culture, music and history.

But as colonial rule was challenged, things began to change in Jamaica and across the world. When, in 1951, a … More

Slavoj Zizek, dubbed by the Village Voice “the giant of Ljubljana,” is back with a new edition of his seriously entertaining book on film, psychoanalysis (and life). His inimitable blend of philosophical and social theory, Lacanian analysis, and outrageous humor are made to show how Hollywood movies can explain psychoanalysis-and vice versa using films such as Marnie and The Man Who Knew Too Much.

The title is just the first of many startling asides, observations and insights that fill this guide to Hollywood on … More