The BANALITY of EVIL

READING HANNAH ARENDT in 2022 It might be the most chilling single phrase in the English language. It came irresistibly to Hannah Arendt as she observed Adolph Eichmann’s trial in Jerusalem in 1962. Arendt had been an early fugitive from National Socialist Germany, having been arrested by the Gestapo in 1933 for researching antisemitism, and […]

HAMADRYAD

A hamadryad (Greek: Ἁμαδρυάδες, Hamadryádes) is a Greek mythological being that lives in trees. They are a particular type of dryad, which are a particular type of nymph. Hamadryads are born bonded to a certain tree. Some believe that hamadryads are the actual tree, while normal dryads are simply the entities, or spirits, of the trees. If the […]

GENOCIDAL KITSCH (COVID EDITION)

Photograph by Sam Sherratt “For a considerable length of time, the normality of the normal world is the most efficient protection against disclosure of totalitarian mass crimes. ‘Normal men don’t know that everything is possible,’ [David Rousset, The Other Kingdom, 1947] — Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) “The word ‘kitsch’ entered the English […]