Simon Critchley and Brian Eno: Bald

  • Published on May 9, 2021
  • There’s more to being bald than having no hair. Philosopher Simon Critchley and musician Brian Eno will be discussing the various dimensions of hairlessness in connection with Simon’s new book Bald. In typical Critchley mode though, this collection of 35 short essays spills far beyond the question of hair, or the lack of it, to take in Aristophanes, Hamlet, Mormonism, Philip K. Dick, violence, the mysteries of Eleusis and the joys and pains of being a Liverpool fan. As well as being one of the most influential living musicians, Eno has written several books, including the recently republished A Year With Swollen Appendices (Faber).

Comments • 9

  • Steve Edgell

    'One good thing about music - when it hits you, you feel no pain.' Not at a Bob Marley gig, maybe. I imagine you might have had a difference experience in the front row at a Led Zeppelin show, particularly if you were about to develop hyperacusis. I thought they missed a trick early on talking about looking at a Jackson Pollock painting and contrasting that with more narrative experience like reading a novel or watching a film, looking for some human dimension. George Martin, of all people, used to talk about rhythm in terms of bodily experience, heartbeat, walking, movement which is routine but essential to human life. It seems to me that this would be a good place to start in theorising the effects of listening to music, not some kind of comparative phenomenology.

  • plant1deep4u2

    Sigh . . . I would LOVE to sit and have a cup of coffee with Brian. He may be the only "celebrity" that has intrigued me this way with his eloquent discourse.

  • Priya Sanghamitra

    "We Look very similar" 😂 Great opening

  • Raining Outside

    Glad to hear Biran Eno disagree with Steven Pinker.



  • Lynda Net

    My man

  • Narottama Panitz

    Walter Schiedel brought me here.

  • deirdre cotter

    you own yourself

  • Nocir

    I like yo cut Eno