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Exclusive Video Interview with Simon Critchley, author of “Bowie”

Simon Critchley is a familiar figure to students of philosophy, readers of The New York Times series, “The Stone,” and contemplative fans of David Bowie. I have referenced his writing on Bowie, specifically as it pertains to the concept of artifice, which I first encountered in what I believed to be a magazine article. Well, it was that but it turns out the article was an excerpt from his excellent book, Bowie. Bowie is one of several books authored by Simon, many of which are about philosophy but also cover such topics as Shakespeare, Greek tragedy and soccer. He’s the Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research and is frequent guest on podcasts and other types of shows and interviews. If you don’t recognize the name, there’s a good chance you’ll recognize his voice.

This first-ever exclusive video interview runs long and deep and, not surprisingly, gets philosophical. You’re going to want to watch or listen to the whole thing, but if you don’t have 70 spare minutes, YouTube will remember where you left off.

If you want more Simon Critchley — and you will — start by taking a look at his web page, which you can link to HERE. If you want to order his Bowie book off Amazon, click HERE, or better yet, ask for it at your local bookstore.

And, if all that isn’t enough, Simon is also a member of the band, Critchley and Simmons, whose adaptation of Bowie’s “Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing (Reprise)” I posted on Monday’s teaser for this interview and should appear at the very end of this YouTube interview.

One other note: as this is the first time I conducted a video interview; you’re going to be able to tell that I’m new at this! The video itself begins abruptly because I wasn’t satisfied with the very start of my introduction of Simon, but you’re not missing anything. I say “um” and “er” too many times, but you’re going to want to listen for Simon, not so much for me. Fortunately, not only does he have interesting things to say, but he’s done this type of thing before! After it’s over, you’re going to want more Simon Critchley.

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