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Michel Houellebecq

A Story of an Islamic Seduction of the Western Ego

Peter Vaughn | Posted 10.03.2016 | Books
Peter Vaughn

If I am getting it right, Schopenhauer believes that we are driven by our ego. The ego is where our desire for our own pleasure and happiness comes from. It has little to do with compassion and love, both of which we are more than capable of accessing and, in doing so, inoculating ourselves from what he and Freud labeled as "the hedgehog's dilemma."

Knausgaard on Houellebecq

Francis Levy | Posted 11.09.2016 | Books
Francis Levy

What a brilliant idea to assign a writer whose name is even more unpronounceable that the writer he is reviewing? What an equally brilliant idea to as...

Is Michel Houellebecq The French Jonathan Franzen?

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.10.2015 | Arts

I have a small confession to make: I have never read the books of Karl Ove Knausgaard. I’d be embarrassed to admit this, save that Knausgaard makes...

The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Francis Levy | Posted 09.02.2016 | Arts
Francis Levy

The provenance of the movie, the existence of an artistic work that is created out of great pain and confusion provides the key to both the narrative and transcendence of its denouement.

'Youth Is A Lost Utopia'

The European | Posted 05.18.2015 | World

France’s literary enfant terrible, Frédéric Beigbeder, blames J.D. Salinger for his fear of old age. As therapy, he wrote a bold novel about etern...

PEN Group Blacklists Charlie Hebdo

Francis Levy | Posted 05.01.2016 | Books
Francis Levy

An attack on free expression has come from one of the most unlikely places.

One-Dimensional Man?

Francis Levy | Posted 05.27.2015 | Books
Francis Levy

Michel Houellebecq and Herbert Marcuse would have different agendas, but they might offer the same diagnosis about dark side of pleasure seeking.

Michel Houellebecq: Novelist

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

Strange indeed, the story of Michel Houellebecq's latest novel, Soumission, which appeared just before the attack on Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead, like an advance echo of the terrible events that have plunged France into mourning, and scaring stiff not only the author's friends but Houellebecq himself.

There Are More French Muslims Working for French Security Than for Al Qaeda

Olivier Roy | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Olivier Roy

Muslims are criticized for being a community, but then asked to react against terrorism as a community. This is called the double bind: be what I ask you not to be. In France, there is not a Muslim community, but a Muslim population. To admit this simple truth would already be a good antidote against the current hysteria, and the hysteria to come.

In New Novel, Houellebecq Imagines France With A Muslim President

The New York Times | Rachel Donadio | Posted 01.09.2015 | World

PARIS — The cover of this week’s Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical newspaper that was the target of a massacre on Wednesday by masked gunmen, fe...

Tribeca Film Festival and the Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq

Adriana Aristizábal | Posted 07.27.2014 | Entertainment
Adriana Aristizábal

I recently saw the film with screenwriter Rafael Urrea Soto and we can humorously conclude that there are 10 rules to kidnap an intellectual such as Houellebecq.

10 Must-Reads For January

| Posted 01.05.2012 | Books

By Emily Temple for Flavorwire Though winter has had a relatively slow start, at least in and around the Flavorpill offices, in the first days 2012...

Michel Houellebecq Wins Literary Prize

Yahoo! News | Myriam Chaplain | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

France's best-known writer Michel Houellebecq has won its top literary prize Monday for a best-selling satire of art and celebrity, fans hailing it as...

Beauvois and Saintliness, Houellebecq and the Devil; Van Gogh and His Actors

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Bernard-Henri Lévy

The film Des Hommes et des dieux portrays the final days of the French monks of Tibehirine, Algeria, before their assassination by Islamists in 1996. Rarely has a film been so passionately slow, and yet, made the heart beat so very fast.