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Violence and Splendor
by Alphonso Lingis
Lingis, who has translated and written about Merleau-Ponty and Levinas, is equally a writer and philosopher. In Violence and Splendor, his poetic phrasings, his stylistic innovations (abrupt shifts, correlative personal narratives, photographs, and short meditations that seem to precipitate out from between longer essays), give rise to extraordinarily expansive structures for thinking and feeling. His vigorous explorations of what Americans tend to repress shiver the timbers of Western culture. But the essays are incredibly intimate and they speak intimately. His inquiry is challenge to the soul.