Slavoj Žižek keeps socks in his kitchen

A tour of the Slovenian philosopher's unusual apartment.

Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic, gave a tour of his appartment to Astra Taylor for her 2005 documentary about him.

In it, he reveals that he has a picture of Stalin in his hallway to "get rid of people" and keeps all his clothes and bed linen in drawers by his stove in the kitchen.

Watch his tour:

“I am a narcissist. I keep everything," he declares, showing the filmmaker his collection of periodicals he's written in (we hope his work for the New Statesman is now in there somewhere) and copies of his books in translation.

Enjoy.

(I also recommend, if you've got time, having a read of his recent essay on the politics of Batman.)

"It's not only clothes! It's so much more!" - Žižek shows us around his kitchen.

Caroline Crampton is assistant editor of the New Statesman. She writes a weekly podcast column.

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Moss Side Public Laundry, 1979

A new poem by Pippa Little.

Childless I arrive with a rucksack,
own no Silver Cross steered topple-high
by the bare-legged women in check coats
and bulging shoes who load and unload
ropes of wet sheets, wring them out
to rams’ horns while heat-slap of steam
dries to tinsel in our hair, frizzles our lips
gritty with Daz sherbert dabs and the mangle,
wide as a room-size remnant, never stops groaning
one slip and you’re done for…

In the boom and echo of it, their calls swoop
over Cross-your-Hearts, Man. City socks,
crimplene pinks and snagged underskirts,
Maggie Maggie Maggie Out Out Out! blasts
from across the park, whole streets
get knocked out like teeth,
in a back alley on the way a man
jumped me, shocked as I was
by the fuck off! I didn’t know was in me

but which I try out now to make them laugh, these women
who scrub blood and beer and come
with red-brick soap, quick-starch a party dress
while dryers flop and roar
before their kids fly out of school,
flock outside for a smoke’s sweet rest
from the future bearing down of four walls and one man.

Pippa Little’s collection Overwintering (Carcanet) was shortlisted for the Seamus Heaney Centre Award. Her new book, Twist, was published in March by Arc. 

This article first appeared in the 20 July 2017 issue of the New Statesman, The new world disorder