I am left with the feeling that the Dec/Jan issue of Bookforum ought to be worked through in a seminar. To say the least, it is one of those opportunities to be brought up to speed on a whole host of figures about whom one hasn't thought recently, or hasn't thought at all. Of course, I like it because I already agreed with most of the revaluations, but not thought them out as clearly. I shall leave undiscussed the question of which revaluations I disagree with. And now that I have italicized part of a word, I should answer the question asked by the reviewer of William Spanos' book on Edward Said: Spanos italicizes the "ing" in "be-ing" because he wants to emphasize (I think) the individual events (what the classic philosophers would have called "becoming") within the whole shooting match known collectively as "being." Next question.
I should note, since this is Counterforces and not joculum to which I am posting, that there are some nifty reviews of William Eggleston, Marcia Tucker's memoirs, and the ill-timed Seven Days in the Art World, which posts its story in bright colors just as economic collapse paints its grey on grey, and Hegel's owl of Minerva hoots in the tree before taking flight at nightfall. Also a review of new books on Tarkovsky, for those of us who adore his movies.