a fête worse than death

becca rothfeld
rantings and ravings about b00ks i like and dislike, articles i write and read, and whatever else i feel like, at totally irregular intervals
Created 14 Dec 2020
  • Sex, machines, The Chair, etc
    21 Sep 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    hi, all! I am sorry that I have been so bad at maintaining this Substack lately. I don’t really have many good excuses, except for these: I fell in love and remain in love, which is a time-consuming p...
  • MacIntyre Part 2, at long last
    23 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Hello, all. Sorry for the incredible lateness of this post! I have a two-pronged excuse that is half bad and half good. The bad part of the excuse is that I had to file some revisions on a major essay...
  • A few good things you should read
    15 Aug 2021 • 2 min read • 5 1
    But that I did edit, and that utterly blow me away. If you’ll allow me just a brief bout of sentimentality, I’ve been thinking a bit about how editing, like teaching, is a morally elevating activity, ...
  • Where to pay for MacIntyre!
    27 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 0 1
    I should probably not have posted about the MacIntyre series in the very stupid way I did, because having ascertained that there was much more interest than anticipated, I had to separately make the p...
  • Welcome to A Liberal Reads Macintyre!
    27 Jul 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 1
    Hello! I am absolutely stunned at how many of you apparently want to watch me struggle through After Virtue in real time, and how many of you are willing to pay for it. Intellectualism lives! On a mor...
  • Would you pay to read some niche stuff?
    23 Jul 2021 • 1 min read • 6 13
    Hello, pals! I have no new writing to share, or at least, no new writing that’s yet made its way onto a public platform. What I do have is an odd little proposal that will in all likelihood appeal to ...
  • Diane Johnson, Simone Weil, and screaming about Kant in bars
    09 Jul 2021 • 2 min read • 3 2
    Hi all! Long time no Stack. Nonetheless, this overdue missive is going to be disappointingly short, for two reasons. The first is that, now that it’s possible for me to embrace/lick/breath on real, sw...
  • Public philosophy, online stalking, curling up into a small ball, etc
    19 May 2021 • 2 min read • 9 2
    Hello, all! I have two new pieces of writing out: This piece, about Markus Gabriel’s new book but also about what form so-called “public philosophy” should take more generally, in the TLS: https://www...
    28 Apr 2021 • 8 min read • 12 11
    JUST KIDDING, I do not think I am being “cancelled,” or that I am suffering piteously, or that I am the victim of an injustice of any sort, but I do think it is odd to watch an involved “discourse” ab...
  • Against reading lists
    21 Apr 2021 • 7 min read • 8 4
    Hi all! Today, I invite you to bear with me as I muddle through my first and maybe last post that is not just an excuse to point you towards some of my newly published writing—in fact, nothing of mine...
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