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The Political Problem of Luck

Julia Bryan-Wilson talks to Steve Kurtz of Critical Art Ensemble, the artist pursued by the US government as a suspected terrorist.

Public disasters spawn stories about luck, both good and bad. In the aftermath of the July 7 bombings in London in 2005, I heard about a woman who stopped to pick up her dry cleaning and missed her regular train (she lived). Then there was the man who walked quicker than usual to work and just happened to catch an earlier one (he died). Again and again, we are reminded of the fateful consequences of our arbitrary decisions. We rely upon “chance” to narrate the fact that so much cannot be controlled, that often we must give ourselves up to the contingencies and ongoing collisions between the felicities and infelicities that rule our lives. What, then, is the difference between chance and luck? How do we make sense of accidental circumstance in a time when we are told relentlessly of the paradoxical nature of terrorism, which is at once “random” (in terms of the victims it claims) yet is also assuredly and rigorously planned?

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Shopping Bag From India

Charles from Solielmoon Recordings brought this bag back from India as a gift. It's just a regular shopping bag, right? 

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