Monday, July 13, 2009

The Withdrawal of Tradition Past a Surpassing Disaster

Jalal Toufic's virtual press, Forthcoming Books, has put out a collection of writings on what Toufic calls "surpassing disaster." This collection collates texts from Toufic's books Oversensitivity, Forthcoming, and Undeserving Lebanon. More than perhaps any other concept, I have found Toufic's concept of the "surpassing disaster" a useful and compelling way to think about cultural catastrophe. Here's a link where you can download the book in PDF: