In August 2012, Nadya Tolokonnikova of punk-protest band Pussy Riot was sentenced to jail over charges of “hooliganism” for staging a protest in a Russian Orthodox church in which they sang, danced, and urged the Virgin Mary to get rid of Vladimir Putin and become a feminist. During her time in prison, which lasted a little over a year despite international protest, Nadya engaged in a thought-provoking exchange of letters with Slovenian theorist Slavoj Zizek on capitalism, philosophy and prison. Poking fun at Slavoj Zizek’s crotchety demeanor is one of the favorite pastimes here on Critical-Theory, but I’ve always wondered if beneath the misunderstood, disheveled ogre there was in fact, a caring Shrek waiting to be uncovered. And, well, it might be true. The amazing exchange of letter,s compiled in the forthcoming “Comradely Greetings,” sheds light on the philosophy that backs Nadya’s activism in addition to humanizing a philosopher that is well-known for his public displays of
Nothing ever was enough for you.
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