The Media That Gets Philosopher Simon Critchley’s Wheels Turning
The British-born, Brooklyn-based philosopher Simon Critchley has no shortage of interests. He’s written, in his refreshingly approachable, personal prose, about topics including Plato, the meaning of money, Mormonism, David Bowie, and the Liverpool Football Club for The New York Times, where he moderates its contemporary thinkers opinion forum, The Stone. For his forthcoming book, Bald (Yale University Press), out April 27, Critchley—who teaches philosophy at The New School for Social Research, and was the guest on Ep. 42 of our Time Sensitive podcast and Ep. 3 of our At a Distance podcast—compiled 35 of his favorite Times essays, forming an engaging series of short reads that suggest new ways of understanding the world. We recently spoke with Critchley about the media he consumes, which includes a lot of reading with his ears.