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Philippa Snow
Philippa Snow is a writer, based in Norwich. Her reviews and essays have appeared in publications including Artforum, The Los Angeles Review of Books, ArtReview, friezeThe New Statesman, and The New Republic. She is currently writing a book about pain for Repeater.  

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It's Terrible The Things I Have To Do To Be Me

Essay

Issue No. 31

Philippa Snow

Essay

Issue No. 31

Here was a woman who had modelled her life so closely on Marilyn Monroe’s that doing so eventually helped drive her to her death...

Essay

January 2021

An Uneasy Girl

Philippa Snow

Essay

January 2021

Even before Lucie arrives holding a shotgun, we know that the perfect family in this huge suburban house are...

Modern philosophy is threatened by love, whose objects are never only objects Philosophers have discovered in love a lived geometry that positively demands their professional attentions; they swoop down like angels to deliver their sacred messages But love, which was not invited to the symposium before it had stolen in, remains troublesome Its power to disrupt is strategically deployed in the eternal cock-fight of philosophy   In an essay ‘The Intentionality of Love: In homage to Emmanuel Lévinas’, the Catholic philosopher Jean-Luc Marion offers a gracious account of love’s significance for philosophy (and perhaps also philosophy’s insignificance for love) Marion describes a love that transgresses empirical knowledge, rationality and intentions; love offers the definitive answer to the philosophy of consciousness (the straw man of Western philosophy since Descartes’s dubious cogito) Falling in love, as everyone knows, is not intentional Marion’s love also refutes an existentialist philosophy that holds existence to be my own Love, as any good Franciscan will say, does not live under any logic of possession; it is never apprehended alone but in the presence of others Marion describes the faces of two lovers approaching one another: they make a quadrant of gazes, four black suns radiating and absorbing the invisible light of two gazes at their respective points, making a cross of their unbending trajectories For Marion there are two in love, no more The scene recalls a Gothic Annunciation scene where lines of sacred light describe the path of the divine message towards its target Finally, in Marion’s philosophy it is faith that makes love possible, faith acts as a guarantee in the surrender of your self to another (Faith, love might answer, or inconsolable terror) Love in this elegant diagram is an immediate knowledge for its Two In the world where a multitude of bodies and images intervene, love’s knowledge is accomplished with less geometrical certainty It is often as a problem for knowledge that love is manifest In this state of confusion, the paintings of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye offer new material to the philosophy of love   What has painting got to do

Contributor

November 2018

Philippa Snow

Contributor

November 2018

Philippa Snow is a writer, based in Norwich. Her reviews and essays have appeared in publications including Artforum, The...

Essay

December 2019

Brilliant Muscles

Philippa Snow

Essay

December 2019

‘Lindsay Lohan’s new film,’ I told almost everyone I spoke to for about two months earlier this year, ‘is...

Evita Vasiljeva, POSTCRETE

Art Review

February 2019

Philippa Snow

Art Review

February 2019

Lower.Green is situated in the unlikely surroundings of a near-dead mall in Norwich. It is not just any mall, but Anglia Square Shopping Centre:...
Gabriele Beveridge, Live Dead World

Art Review

November 2018

Philippa Snow

Art Review

November 2018

Several months ago, I went to a salon so small and so identikit that I do not recall the name, and against every sane...

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poetry

July 2015

About Blue: Velestovo

Tatiana Daniliyants

TR. Katherine E. Young

poetry

July 2015

About Blue: Velestovo   1   …when I say the name: Velestovo, I think of deep blue. Of blue...

Art

May 2015

(E-E) Evgenij Kozlov

E-E

Art

May 2015

Madder than the World is a series by Russian artist (E-E) Evgenij Kozlov, who came to prominence as a founding member of the...

Interview

September 2016

Interview with Garth Greenwell

Michael Amherst

Interview

September 2016

Garth Greenwell’s debut novel What Belongs to You has won praise on both sides of the Atlantic. Edmund White...

 

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