My review of a newly translated book by Cornelius Castoriadis is up at Bookforum, with certain changes that are causing my teeth to grind. The word "obscure" in the first line is not mine; I said "small," which is another matter. And CC's group Socialisme ou Barbarie was commonly abbreviated SouB, which has somehow been renderred SOUB. It sounds like the name of a corporation producing something toxic.

On the other hand, the piece is in Bookforum, which makes up for the aggravation, and not a little.

That'll teach me to get my work in earlier, so that there is time to go over proofs.

UPDATE:  In a very generous blog post, Arthur Goldhammer passes along an account of another, even more unfortunate rendering of the group's name.
January 26, 2010 1:41 PM | | Comments (4)



wow congrats. bookforum. lotsa readers. well-deserved. keep it up.

I've been writing for Bookforum for going on seven years now and am nowhere near blase about it yet.

No need to be blase. Publishing in Bookforum you gain a wider audience. I very much liked the Castoriadis review which prompted me to look at your website and blog. One point that should have been made in the review: Rosa Luxemburg influneced SouB but so too did the Council Communists (Pannekoek, Gorter, Mattick) who were a source for the idea of workers self organization and self government.

As far as I can tell, there was almost no influence by the Council Communists proper. On the contrary, it is a matter of J-F and SouB working out perspectives on working-class self-organization that were broadly similar to CC'ism and Pannekoek later expressing interest in their work. (Some followers of Bordiga ended up in SouB, if memory serves, but that's not quite Council Communism.)

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