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Bruce Bégout, Common Place.The American Motel

 

Translated from the French by Colin Keaveney

A relatively old legacy of the twentieth century, the motel thus foreshadowed, unbeknownst to intself, a new type of urban existence. With it was born the society of permanent mobility and perpetual transit, a world of freeways and gas stations, traveling salesmen and massive seasonal migrations, outsourcing and spatial homogenizing, constant and reflexive house-moving; in short the itch to move.

French philosopher and author Bruce Bégout is currently maître de conférences at the University of Bordeaux. He has published many essays, including Zéropolis. L’expérience de Las Vegas, Lieu commun. Le motel américain, La Découverte du quotidien. Éléments pour une phénoménologie du monde de la vie and De la décence ordinaire, as well as a novel, L’Éblouissement des bords de route. He served on the editorial board of the journal Inculte, and is currently the series editor of “Matière étrangère” for Éditions Vrin.


  • ISBN: 978-0-9796177-8-2
  • Price: $12.95
  • Published 2010
  • 137 pages

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