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Remembering Semiotext(e) founder Sylvère Lotringer (1938–2021)

Sylvère Lotringer. Photo: Iris Klein

Sylvère Lotringer, the French literary critic, theorist, and founder of the journal that grew into Semiotext(e) Press, has died at age eighty-three. Lotringer published English translations of works by the giants of French philosophy, among them Jean Baudrillard, Michel Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, and Jean-François Lyotard. On Twitter, Lotringer’s mentees, readers, and students offer remembrances. Artforum’s announcement of his passing leaves us with a quote: “Though the texts he published were frequently tortuous, Lotringer abided by a simple overarching principle. ‘Never give people what they want,’ he said, ‘or they’ll hate you for it.’”

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