I am looking forward to Carlo Ginzburg's reply to my new essay, “Data and Detection”, which is inspired by his 1979 essay, "Clues". Both are forthcoming in a 2019 collection, Slow Reading and the Shock of Recognition, ed. A. A. Robiglio (University of Cordoba Press).
"Isn’t it possible – or even, tautological – that many of us feel threatened by the idea of human-like machines precisely because they will be, in certain respects, like humans? Of course, this raises the question of what humans are like ..." In a new essay for The Philosophical Salon (Los Angeles Review of Books), Dusenbury asks… Continue reading “Trouble in Paradise” in the Los Angeles Review of Books
In a new essay for the TLS, Dusenbury notes the meteoric rise of the term 'data' in the 1890s, & suggests that the figure of Sherlock Holmes can be read as a precursor to IBM's Watson. Read "Data! Data! Data!" online here. Sunil Amoli, "Sherlock Holmes", Watercolour on paper saatchiart.com
“All That Exists Is the Only True Luxury: Miklós Szentkuthy’s Marginalia on Casanova”, Los Angeles Review of Books (1 May 2013). An excerpt from the author’s typescript is copied below: Marginalia on Casanova is the first English translation of a Hungarian novelist’s “commentary” on the German edition of a French memoir written by a Venetian… Continue reading “A garden labyrinth” – On Miklos Szentkuthy’s Casanova (Los Angeles Review of Books 2013)
A systematic analysis of Georges Bataille's lectures and essays on prehistoric imagery. For Bataille, it is prehistoric 'imagism' which first dis-identifies human / beast, and, in a subtler but highly suggestive way, male / female. And it is this set of original duplicities which "seems to have been … the basis of all representation”. David… Continue reading “Graceful life” – On Georges Bataille and prehistoric imagery (Pli 2012)
The TLS ran a Commentary piece on the Roman trial of Jesus at Easter, 2016: David Lloyd Dusenbury, "Pilate schemes", TLS 5895 (25 March 2016), 15. An excerpt from the author’s typescript is copied below: I once overheard a joke in a Budapest establishment which I believe is Hungarian, or at least Middle-European: “I made it… Continue reading “Like Pilate made it into the Creed” – Pilate schemes (TLS, 25 March 2016)