August 21, 2023

Conversations with Claude Lévi-Strauss

A very valuable source of anecdotes of Lévi-Strauss, especially for his war years in New York when he taught under the name “Claude L. Strauss” to avoid confusion with blue jeans. One striking thing about the book is how relaxed Lévi-Strauss is about old rivalries, old slights, ideologies, ecological disaster, the War that was past, the War that was ongoing and the War that is to come. When they said, “Structures do not go out into the street,” they were not wrong.