SIMON CRITCHLEY


"You know the extraordinary thing about Greek tragedy—and there’s lots of other examples, we could talk about Elizabethan theater in this regard, but what is the subject of these tragedies? What’s really at stake in these plays? It’s not the fate of the individual characters, right? They’re up there on the screen, as it were, but what’s at stake is the fate of the city. Right? Or, the fate of the place. So, culture becomes that activity whereby we can track the world in which we live. I think the question for us, is exactly this. What is the world in which we live? It’s got so confusing, and so fragmented and atomized. It’s splintered into a billion different atoms, each twittering with their own webpage or whatever, and what does that mean, what does that, how does that—? It’s a question of what histories we tell ourselves, and how we educate ourselves."